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IFTA launches 2022 Screen Discussion Series
13 Jan 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Gemma Leah Devereux
The IFTA Screen Discussion Series for 2022 begins Monday 17th January, including online talks with the teams from Rose Plays Julie, The Bright Side, Black Medicine, You Are Not My Mother, Zone 414, and Who We Love.

Following on from 2020 and 2021’s hugely successful series of online events, showcasing the talent behind all films submitted for the IFTA Film & Drama Awards, the Academy is once again promoting the best in Irish Films and Talent online through the IFTA Screen Discussions Series.

This series, comprising of online Q&A events, interviews & panel discussions with the filmmakers and talent involved including Directors, Writers, Producers, Acting and Craft talent. This ensures that each title submitted for the 2022 Awards has every opportunity to engage with Irish Academy Members and Voters throughout the viewing and voting season.

 The live discussions have been made available online for IFTA Members and Irish filmmakers to attend for free upon registration.

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IFTA SCREEN DISCUSSION: ROSE PLAYS JULIE

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is delighted to present this special ONLINE discussion for Rose Plays Julie as part of the Irish Academy awards viewing season.

In Attendance: Writer/Directors Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor, Actors Ann Skelly and Orla Brady, and Composer Stephen McKeon.

University student Rose (Ann Skelly) has enjoyed a loving relationship with her adoptive parents but desperately wants to know her biological parents and the facts of her true identity. When she finally manages to contact her birth mother, Ellen (Orla Brady), she learns that she has no wish to have any contact. But Rose proves tenacious, and Ellen is forced to reveal a secret she has kept for over 20 years. The shocking revelation forces Rose to enter a dark and painful world with a mother and father who are irrevocably bound together by an act of violence. Written and Directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (Helen, Mister John, Further Beyond) Rose Plays Julie is an expertly crafted, eery and suspenseful thriller. The powerful  lead performances dovetail with stark cinematography and an imposing score to deliver a chilling meditation on identity.

4pm Monday, Jan 17th

Click Here to Register – Rose Plays Julie

 


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IFTA SCREEN DISCUSSION: THE BRIGHT SIDE

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is delighted to present this special ONLINE discussion for THE BRIGHT SIDE as part of the Irish Academy awards viewing season.

In Attendance: Writer/Director Ruth Meehan, Actor Gemma-Leah Devereux, and Producer Tony Deegan

Inspired by comedian Anne Gildea’s memoir I’ve Got Cancer, What’s Your Excuse?,  writer-director Ruth Meehan’s confident debut feature debut is a heart-warming and life-affirming exploration of friendship and sisterhood in the darkest times. The Bright Side follow depressed comedian, Kate (Gemma-Leah Devereux) whose misanthropic prayers are answered in the form of a cancer diagnosis. To placate her family, she grudgingly agrees to undergo chemotherapy.  Armed with an impenetrable shield of cynicism and gallows humour Kate takes time to warm to the women she meets in the chemo ward; four women from all walks of Irish life, whose unsolicited friendships will ultimately restore her capacity for joy and her lust for life.

2pm Tuesday, Jan 18th

Click Here to Register – The Bright Side


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IFTA SCREEN DISCUSSION: BLACK MEDICINE

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is delighted to present this special ONLINE discussion for BLACK MEDICINE as part of the Irish Academy awards viewing season.

In Attendance: Writer/Director Colum Eastwood, Actors Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Amybeth McNulty and Orla Brady, Composer James Everett, and Producer Janine Cobain

Colm Eastwood’s confident Debut Feature Black Medicine is a dark thriller about a former anaesthetist faced with a terrible choice. The film follows black-market medic Jo (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) who carries out illegal operations for the criminal underworld. When she gives refuge to a young girl, she must choose between breaking her medical oath or crossing her ruthless employers.

The film was written and directed by filmmaker Colum Eastwood, who was tipped as a Screen International 'Star of Tomorrow' in 2020 and stars Antonia Campbell-Hughes (3096 Days, The Other Side of Sleep), Orla Brady (American Horror Story, Collateral, The Foreigner), Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Morgan), John Connors (Cardboard Gangsters, King of the Travellers) and Lalor Roddy (Grabbers, Hunger).

4pm Wednesday, Jan 19th

Click Here to Register – Black Medicine


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IFTA SCREEN DISCUSSION: YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is delighted to present this special ONLINE discussion for You Are Not My Mother as part of the Irish Academy awards viewing season.

In Attendance: Writer/Director Kate Dolan, Actors Hazel Doupe and Carolyn Bracken, and Producer Deirdre Levins

Kate Dolan’s feature Debut You Are Not My Mother is an eerie Irish folk horror wherein a teenage girl’s mother goes missing only to return with an increasingly uncanny change in personality. Something strange has happened to Angela (Carolyn Bracken). Of this her teenage daughter Char (Hazel Doupe) is certain. Ever since her single mother returned home following an inexplicable absence, Char has observed subtle changes in posture, personality, and appetite. The differences are welcome at first — prior to her disappearance Angela had been bedridden and quick to shirk parental responsibilities to her brother or mother. But as Angela’s behaviour grows increasingly wayward, Char’s scrutiny quickly turns to dread as a disturbing and horrific possibility emerges. Pervading this doppelgänger drama with an unsettling atmosphere and multiple finely tuned scares, Dolan deftly crescendos her contemporary fable to an incendiary climax that cements the filmmaker as an exciting new talent in delivering character-driven chills.

4pm Thursday, Jan 20th

Click Here to Register – You Are Not My Mother


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IFTA SCREEN DISCUSSION: ZONE 414

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is delighted to present this special ONLINE discussion for ZONE 414 as part of the Irish Academy awards viewing season.

In Attendance: Director Andrew Baird (and more to be announced)

Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz and Travis Fimmel star in the sci-fi thriller set in Zone 414, a dangerous, dark colony of humanoids known as "the city of robots." The colony's creator (Fimmel) hires private investigator David Carmichael (Pearce) to track down his missing daughter. David teams up with Jane (Lutz), a highly advanced A.I. equipped with the same technology of her fellow humanoids, but with all the emotions, feelings and dreams of a human being. They travel through the city uncovering clues and a crime that calls into question the origins and true purpose behind the city of artificial humans.

2pm Friday, Jan 21st

Click Here to Register – Zone 414

 


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IFTA SCREEN DISCUSSION: WHO WE LOVE

The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is delighted to present this special ONLINE discussion for WHO WE LOVE as part of the Irish Academy awards viewing season.

In Attendance: Director/Writer/Editor Graham Cantwell, Writer Katie McNeice, Actors Clara Harte, Amy-Joyce Hastings, Dean Quinn, Sound Designer Mark Murphy, Sound Recordist Caimin Agnew and Conposer Joe Conlon.

Lily (Clara Harte) starts her final year at secondary school full of hope and excitement, and with the beginning of an inkling of who she might be. And after a summer filled with firsts – first crush, first kiss – she’s starting to come to terms with the fact that she’s gay. But for the other kids at her Dublin school, Lily’s sexuality is a flashpoint, something which marks her out as the target for increasingly violent bullying. It’s the unflinching scrutiny of the less upbeat elements of the gay coming of age narrative, together with sparky performances from Harte and Dean Quinn (as GBF Simon) which elevates this teen/young adult-aimed drama above some of the less gutsy examples of the genre.

4pm Friday, Jan 21st

Click Here to Register – Who We Love

More IFTA Screen Discussions will be announced weekly. See IFTA.ie for more details





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