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Directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor discuss Rose Plays Julie
17 Sep 2021 | Ahead of the nationwide release of Rose Plays Julie this Friday, September 17th, IFTN spoke with the film’s writer-director duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor to find out more about the film. 
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"I just felt like it was a story that had to be told"; Herself director Phyllida Lloyd talks with IFTN
10 Sep 2021 | Ahead of the nationwide cinematic release of Herself this Friday, September 10th, IFTN caught up with the film’s director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia; The Iron Lady) to find out more about how she got involved with the film, her established theatre shorthand with actors Clare Dunne and Harriet Walter, encouraging Dunne to take on the role of Sandra, and why the story of Herself needs to be heard. 
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“I felt like a yin had met a yang”; Cathy Brady and Nora Jane Noone on the journey of Wildfire
10 Sep 2021 | We caught up with director/writer Cathy Brady and actor Nora Jane Noone to find out more about their incredibly poignant drama Wildfire – the unique workshopping process, developing an intimate shorthand, and shining light on taboo subject matters. 
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“We had very little money… so my blissful ignorance was ‘let’s make a feature film!'”; Philip Doherty and Aaron Monaghan discuss Redemption of a Rogue
27 Aug 2021 | Ahead of the release of Cavan-set comedy Redemption of a Rogue this Friday, August 27th, IFTN caught up with the director Philip Doherty and lead actor Aaron Monaghan, to find out more about their ambitious 21-day shoot, the benefit of longstanding local collaboration, and help from the authorities in building their very own rain machine. 
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“The hope is that if the film rings true for people, it will engage and be a supportive and inspiring experience”; Director Ruth Meehan discusses The Bright Side
20 Aug 2021 | Writer/director Ruth Meehan spoke with IFTN ahead of the release of her debut feature film to give us an insight into developing the story and its origins, taking on difficult and complex subject matters, assembling a terrific cast led by Gemma Leah Devereux, and working with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. 
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Irish Talent to Shine at Major International Film Festivals
30 Jul 2021 | With Cannes and the Galway Film Fleadh in the rear-view mirror, the film industry is gearing up for the next round of top-class Festivals with Irish talent and films on display at major upcoming festivals such as Edinburgh, Toronto, and Venice. 
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Cannes 2021: Producer Laura McNicholas discusses bringing Irish feature Spilt Milk to Cannes Co-Production Market
21 Jul 2021 | Producer Laura McNicholas of 925 Productions spoke with IFTN about her experience at this year’s Cannes Co-Production Market where her project Spilt Milk was one of seven projects selected as a spotlight feature under the Tallinn Black Night Film Festival banner. 
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“Many may be surprised of the consequences of Brain Computer Interfacing, pioneered by someone who grew up in Limerick”; Director David Burke discusses Father of the Cyborgs
16 Jul 2021 | We caught up with director David Burke to find out more about his riveting feature documentary Father of the Cyborg, which recently premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. 
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Screen Ireland anticipates potentially record levels of production activity in 2021
15 Jul 2021 | Screen Ireland has published early estimated figures indicating potentially record levels for Irish film, television and animation production activity in 2021, despite the enormous ongoing challenges faced by the industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Where (and when) you can watch the winners of the 2021 IFTA Film & Drama Awards
14 Jul 2021 | Wolfwalkers, Wildfire, Herself, Normal People, Breaking out, Smother and many more Irish Films and TV Dramas took home awards at the 2021 IFTAs, hosted by the Irish Film & Television Academy last week. 
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Cannes Film Festival: Element Pictures' The Souvenir: Part II selected for Directors' Fortnight
09 Jun 2021 | Irish production company Element Pictures continues a fantastic week of achievements with the news that Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II has been selected for the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight strand at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. 
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Director Martin Danneels and producer Ann Ní Chríobháin discuss Marú Inár Measc
02 Jun 2021 | Produced by Ann Ní Chíobháin and directed by Martin Danneels, Marú Inár Measc is a new and compelling four-part true crime documentary series by Midas Productions for TG4. 
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Making an Impact: Creative Europe MEDIA's Investment in the Irish Industry (2014-2020)
28 May 2021 | The MEDIA programme has invested €48 million in the Irish audiovisual industry since 1991 celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. 
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“No one person could tell this story;” Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, and Maeve O’Boyle discuss The 8th
25 May 2021 | We spoke with the three directors behind the documentary to find out more about the origins of their collaboration, interweaving a narrative between contemporary and historical materials, and the art of verité filmmaking. 
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Shane Meadows to make first BBC series with Element Pictures
19 May 2021 | Revered writer/director Shane Meadows will tackle his first ever television drama for the BBC with Ireland’s Oscar-nominated production company Element Pictures. 
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Amazon in talks to acquire MGM Studios in $9 billion takeover
18 May 2021 | Global tech giant Amazon is reported to be preparing a $9 billion (€7.37b) takeover bid of one of Hollywood’s most famous studios, MGM. 
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Irish talent assembles for Marvel & DC blockbusters
07 May 2021 | Marvel Studios welcomed fans back to the cinemas this week alongside a teaser for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) earlier this week. 
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Ruth Treacy of Tailored Film selected as Ireland's representative for EFP Producers On The Move
06 May 2021 | Irish producer Ruth Treacy has been selected by Screen Ireland as Ireland’s representative for the latest instalment of the long-standing programme that promotes promising producers and foster international co-productions. 
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Writer James Phelan discusses his Platform 31-selected project Forsaken
29 Apr 2021 | We spoke with screenwriter James Phelan (Galway Races, Striking Out), a recent recipient of funding from the inaugural Platform 31 bursary, for which to support the development of his latest feature film script. 
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Upper limit of Section 481 tax incentive seen as “barrier" to Ireland securing large-scale international productions, new report finds
29 Apr 2021 | Troy Studios and Ardmore Studios CEO Elaine Geraghty believes that the upper limit of €70 million on the Irish Section 481 tax incentive is acting as “a barrier” to Ireland securing “large-scale international productions”. 
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