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'Cardboard Gangsters' on Release June 16th
07 Jun 2017 | IFTN talks to director and co-writer Mark O’Connor, and star and co-writer John Connors, about their new film, Cardboard Gangsters, which goes on general release on Friday 16th  June. 
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'Missing You' Skype Based Doc Series Starts RTÉ
07 Jun 2017 |

IFTN caught up with Sally Roden, producer of RTÉ’s new six-part observational documentary series ‘‘Missing You’’, ahead of the broadcast of its first episode, tonight Wednesday 7th June.

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“Connecting to projects on an emotional level is what intrigues me the most about film music” - Irish Talent Emer Kinsella of ‘Sense8’ & ‘Jungle’
02 Jun 2017 | The Los Angeles based composer touches base with IFTN before coming home for the Scoring for Film Programme run by IMRO, Screen Training Ireland and Filmbase, which will see the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording and performing her original score. 
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IFTN chats to NI Director and BAFTA Elevate Participant Cathy Brady
01 Jun 2017 | The Northern Irish talent is one of fifteen directors taking part in the scheme, which is a direct response by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts to the need for gender parity in the industry. 
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A Day in the Life of a Casting Agent - Clare McGinley of Spotlight Ireland
01 Jun 2017 | As part of our new series promoting training and employment in the Irish film and television industry, we’re catching up with staff from some of the leading companies in the country, in the fields of production, distribution, festivals and beyond. 
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Interview with Irish Film Board Chair & IADT President Dr Annie Doona
19 May 2017 | With an exciting new MA launched this year in Creative Production & Screen Finance. IFTN spoke with President of The Institute of Art, Design + Technology in Dun Laoghaire (IADT) Dr. Annie Doona, also currently Chair of the Irish Film board. 
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Irish Actor takes Evil Lead in 'Rendel' the Finnish Action Film Screening at Cannes
17 May 2017 | Johnny Vivash plays Commander Radek the head baddie and evil leader of a group of mercenaries in Finlands first superhero feature film 'Rendel' directed by Jesse Haaja. 
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The Applied Art of Acting Interview with David Scott
16 May 2017 | IFTN got the chance to speak with David Scott, the actor, acting teacher, Director of Company D Theatre, writer and theoretician about the Applied Art of Acting course he runs in Dublin. 
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“It's great to see female-driven narratives. It’s timely and I think it’s necessary and I hope there’s more to come," Stefanie Preissner Speaks to IFTN
03 May 2017 | IFTN caught up with Cork's 'Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope' Writer Stefanie Preissner, ahead of the first series of the show beginning on BBC Three on Thursday 4th May. Finding out how the writings going for season two, what other projects she's been working on, her 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' attachment and using humour as her own coping mechanism. 
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“There is so much amazing work coming from the Celtic nations & regions,” Celtic Media Festival Director
28 Apr 2017 | The 38th Celtic Media Festival takes place this year in Douglas on the Isle of Man, over the 3rd-5th of May. Ahead of the industry calendar event, IFTN speaks with the festival's Director, Catriona Logan. 
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Murder, Politics & Nazis in 1960’s Ireland, ‘Ratlines’ the New Irish Spy Drama Being Pitched at Cannes
06 Apr 2017 | Ratlines an original dark drama series set in 1960’s Ireland is one of the projects being pitched at this year’s MIPTV in Cannes. Irish Production Company Ripple World Pictures are behind the title and are among hundreds of content makers from around the world in attendance at the global TV & online distribution market event. 
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“To start the quest & appetite of a young person into the topic...that’s golden,” Horrible Histories Director
05 Apr 2017 | IFTN speaks to the Irish award-winning Director Simon Gibney (Doctors, Spy II, Roy,The Podge and Rodge Show) about his work on Horrible Histories which recently won Best Kids: Factual programme at the 5th International Emmy® Kids Awards on April 4, in Cannes. 
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COCO Television Executive Producer talks to IFTN About St. Patrick’s Day Festival Parade Production for RTÉ
16 Mar 2017 | With this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival Parade set to be the biggest and most colourful yet. IFTN spoke with COCO Television’s Managing Director and Executive Producer, Stuart Switzer. Finding out about the logistics behind the production of the live broadcast coverage for RTÉ, on Ireland’s most celebrated Saint's Day. 
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“The power was handing over the camera & mic to let them teach us,” Autism And Me Producer
13 Mar 2017 | Producer Christine Thornton spoke to IFTN about ‘Autism And Me’ ahead of the observational documentary by Firebrand Productions for RTÉ being broadcast on Monday evening 13th March at 9.35pm on RTÉ One. 
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“True North exists to celebrate contemporary Northern Ireland," Justin Binding BBC NI
13 Mar 2017 | IFTN spoke to Justin Binding, Commissioning Executive for BBC Northern Ireland to learn more about its documentary strand True North. Finding out how it plays an important role in the storytelling of a contemporary Northern Ireland and its relationship with upcoming new directors. 
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“I roar for the underdog who's made a plastic robot from a child's toy & the body of a bicycle.” Angela Scanlon
03 Mar 2017 | Let the battle commence! As ‘Robot Wars’ returns to BBC Two on Sunday 5th March at 7pm. IFTN caught up with the County Meath born presenter Angela Scanlon ahead of the new series to talk robot’s, Tunnocks teacakes and filming those intense arena battles alongside fellow Irish co-host Dara Ó Briain. 
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“Deafening offers a different perspective on what it means to be Deaf in Ireland today,” Producer Anne Heffernan
02 Mar 2017 | ‘Deafening’ a new production by Mind the Gap Films for RTÉ represents a first for Irish television, as it challenges the viewer to experience the world through the eyes of four Deaf people with uniquely different lives. It broadcasts on RTÉ One on Thursday March 2nd at 10:15pm. 
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“This is an arts programme not a celebrity talk show,” John Kelly Talks about RTÉ Series ‘The Work Presents’
28 Feb 2017 | Grace Coddington, former creative director at Vogue in the US and ex-top model discusses her wide and varied career of outstanding creativity and understanding the art of fashion with John Kelly on ‘The Works Presents’ series, which continues on RTÉ One this week. 
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“It’s crazy, It’s kind of humbling really,” Donegal’s Annie Award Nominated Art Parkinson Talks to IFTN
03 Feb 2017 | IFTN caught up with the young Donegal actor Art Parkinson, ‘Game of Thrones’, 'Dracula Untold' just before he jetted off to LA for the Annie Awards ceremony on the 4th February. He is nominated for Outstanding Achievement, of Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for his work as the main voice lead of Kubo in the Laika production ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’. 
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“An Klondike is not like anything else that has been made in this country,” Director Dathaí Keane
31 Jan 2017 | IFTN speaks to director and creator of ‘An Klondike’ Dathaí Keane about creating the much anticipated second season of the IFTA award winning Best Drama Series and the challenges associated with the expansion of production scale and character storylines. 
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