Archive for the Commentary Category

Filmmakers advice to young filmmakers

Posted in Commentary on October 1, 2009 by eoinohannrachain

Thought this was interesting.


The Confession

Posted in Commentary on May 7, 2009 by eoinohannrachain

The Confession is a clever short film now showing on the Tribeca Film Festival’s YouTube channel from Irish filmmaker Thomas Hefferon.

Hurry though, it’s showing for a limited time only.

Philips Carousel

Posted in Commentary on May 4, 2009 by eoinohannrachain

A friend of mine drew my attention to this on Facebook yesterday and I was blown away.

What an amazing commercial. I particularly enjoyed the bit with the cop going through the broken glass. Such detail throughout the film! I love it.

Director Adam Berg and Stink Digital created this interactive campaign to promote Philips’ new television, the CINEMA 21:9.

The fact that it reminds me of The Dark Knight and The Matrix, and the microsite has a nod to Sin City and the films of Alfred Hitchcock isn’t hurting of course. 🙂

You can see a making of video here.

RTÉ launch online player

Posted in Commentary on April 22, 2009 by eoinohannrachain


RTÉ have launched an online player. You can see eveyrthing from the News and Fair City to Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. It’s great to see them getting into the internet revolution. Their player works great too. This should be the first steps into a whole new world of online content.

You have to have an Irish broadband connection with at least 1Mbps download speed and a web browser that supports Adobe Flash plug in.


Scarlett Johansson

Posted in Commentary on March 25, 2009 by eoinohannrachain

I saw this on an excellent new site called


It’s a very engaging little film!

We’re shows a completely different side to Scarlett Johansson than in her films. So often she plays characters who are moody or neurotic and ultimately come across as a bit dull. I’ve often thought that Hollywood doesn’t know what to do with Scarlett Johansson and now maybe this silent short can inspire them.

I’d be very interested to see her in a more fun role playing some of the characters on show above. Think she’d do very well out of a fun, quirky performance.

Different Models of Production

Posted in Commentary on March 24, 2009 by eoinohannrachain

With all the talk of Theatre hubs these days it could well be time to look at different models of production, and that is exactly what will happen in the Ark next Wednesday, April 1st.

I’m hoping to get along – time allowing – and I’ll report back if I make it. Otherwise, maybe one of you would like to report back to me if I don’t? 😛

Seriously though, if anyone does have a report on this or any other theatre/film related events I’d be more than happy to post them on the blog and get the information out to a wider audience. Send them on to

Speaking at the event will be William Galinsky (from our very own Cork Midsummer Festival), Dee Kinahan (Tall Tales), Kate McGrath (Fuel Theatre London), Lynne Parker (Rough Magic), and David Parnell (The Arts Council – I’m sure many people will be very interested to hear what he has to say about Theatre Hubs)

Date: Wednesday 1 April 2009
Time 3.00 sharp.
Venue: The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Temple Bar

Theatre Forum meet The Arts Council

Posted in Commentary on March 24, 2009 by eoinohannrachain

Representatives from Theatre Forum had a meeting with The Arts Council at the start of March, and the report is on the Theatre Forum website.

I was particularly interested in this part;

By early May a new draft theatre plan will be published. The Arts Council feels the model currently used for funding needs to be re-imagined. Among the areas looked at will be production hubs and production companies. Theatre Forum stressed the need for a rounded policy which would take into account not just the need to safeguard the larger companies, but also a coherent regional policy, a wide breath of work for audiences; how a further cut in production would affect venues and their audiences. We offered to put some ideas in writing in the next few weeks in advance of the draft being published.

There will be a consultation with the whole sector as soon as the draft theatre policy is published. Quite how that will work e.g. small focus groups/written responses will be decided shortly.

I’ve heard a lot of alarmed talk about these Theatre Hubs in Dublin, but I’m going to keep an open mind for now. There is a lot I’d like to see changed about the Irish Theatre Industry so let’s give them a chance and see what they suggest. May will certainly be interesting!

The whole thing is only 3 pages long so take a look for yourself. You can download it here.