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New series The Wild Gardener continues this Friday, Nov 26th on BBC Two at 8pm
26 Nov 2021 | Returning home to Wicklow on a very personal project, The Wild Gardener follows wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson as he embarks on a journey to turn his old childhood garden into a haven for native wildlife. 
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Benjamin Cleary and Mahershala Ali on Irish director's debut feature Swan Song for Apple Film
22 Nov 2021 | Ahead of the release of Apple Original Film Swan Song, Oscar-winning short filmmaker Benjamin Cleary and Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali discussed the Irish directors debut feature at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles panel at the DGA Theatre. 
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“He would berate me if I put down the camera when something difficult was happening;” Director Michael McCormack on capturing the intimacy of Breaking Out
19 Nov 2021 | Winner of the George Morrison Feature Documentary Award at the 2021 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards and Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2019, Breaking Out will release in cinemas this Friday, November 19th. 
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Dublin Bay eco-system series An Cuan begins on TG4 this Wednesday at 9.30pm
09 Nov 2021 | Dublin has a population tipping 1.5 million, and contains one of Europe’s busiest ports, yet it is also home to one of the most important wildlife conservation projects in the country. 
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“Working with this cast was an inspiration;” director Robbie Walsh on his tragic drama The Letters
08 Nov 2021 | Set against the backdrop of the Cervical Check scandal that rocked Ireland, The Letters tells the story of three women from different walks of life who have been given mere weeks to live due to the false results of their cervical cancer checks. 
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“The truth here is stranger than fiction;” Martina McGlynn & Garret Daly discuss Doc NYC-bound Nothing to Declare
29 Oct 2021 | 36 years after two Irish boys grabbed international headlines as infamous stowaways to New York City in 1985, Keith Byrne and Noel Murray’s story will return to the city synonymous with their tale. 
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“The Irish language is an incredible cultural mine that has barely been tapped in terms of film;” Director Tom Sullivan discusses Arracht
22 Oct 2021 | We spoke with Dublin writer/director Tom Sullivan about his debut feature film Arracht, to find out more about making his first feature through the Cine4 scheme, bringing authenticity to the film through collaboration, and the untapped potential of Irish language film internationally. 
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“I just think it's a voice that's so funny and criminally underused;” Deadly Cuts director Rachel Carey on the need for more working-class female-led comedies
15 Oct 2021 | As Deadly Cuts targets the top grossing Irish film of 2021, we caught up with writer/director Rachel Carey to find out more about taking the leap to feature film, writing what you know, and tapping into an underused source of comedy. 
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Animators Josh O'Caoimh and Mikai Geronimo discuss their Venice Film Festival-selected Fall of the Ibis King
29 Sep 2021 | We caught up with animators/directors Josh O’Caoimh and Mikai Geronimo following the world premiere of their short film, Fall of the Ibis King, which featured in the Orizzonti short film competition at the 78th Venice Film Festival. 
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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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