The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

• The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.

• The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.

• The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon was on board as Editor again and screening will take place in April 2019.

See the Teaser Trailer below.

 

 

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(As Per RTÉ’s Website)

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have announced that they are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the new season of Storyland. Under the Storyland banner, RTÉ and NI Screen give emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish dramas available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

We are seeking to commission six scripts and work closely with their script writers and producers on the development of these scripts. Writers from the worlds of television, film, theatre, literature, documentary and journalism are being sought, whether or not they have written for television or film before. Directors will then be contracted once the scripts have been further developed and are ready for final development and pre-production.

This year Storyland will develop six projects of up to twenty minutes duration and up to six dramas, each with a budget of €31,500, will be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said “The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘revenge’. One of the key reasons for Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we are looking for original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland.”

Now in its ninth year, Storyland continues to offer an invaluable platform for Irish writing, directing, producing and acting talent throughout the island of Ireland. Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ TV series in comedy and drama, a feature film, won numerous international awards and have generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said “Teaming up with RTÉ on Storyland is a perfect partnership for us, allowing us to support the development of, and invest in, a new generation of talent. We can’t wait to see what great stories and new voices will be discovered through the scheme this year.”

Information on requirements and conditions can be seen on the FAQ section on the RTÉ website HERE

or for Directors who wish to send expressions of interest, email to storyland2019@rte.ie

Director David Burns outside the Royal Theatre, Limerick.

In another article in this weeks Limerick Post, the idea of a city centre cinema is under discussion again. As a member of the steering group for The Royal project, I am still hopeful that funding can be found to get this multi-purpose project realised.

 

Screening of the documentary “This is Nicolas” takes place this coming Wednesday 6th Feb, 7:30pm at the Nenagh Ormond Cinema. Details via the Facebook page on the poster.

HEAD STRONG

(Working Title)

Head Strong (Working title) is an emotional journey with Brain Injury survivors, families of victims, the professional medical staff and the post injury support services, as they battle continuously to rebuild lives and make sense of the traumatic events, that suddenly impacted their world.

Simon suffered a sudden subarachnoid haemorrhage in Oct 2016 and thankfully survived. By telling this and other survivors stories, it is hoped that new awareness can be made about acquired brain injuries in Ireland.

This documentary is in development and hopefully moving to preproduction early 2019.

If you have a story that you feel links into the the story of this documentary then please send an email to the address below. We will try to respond to all emails.

headstrongfilm@gmail.com

 

Live 95FM interview 07/01/2019

LIT LECTURER DRAWING ON EXPERIENCE OF SUFFERING BRAIN INJURY TO MAKE DOCUMENTARY


LIT lecturer drawing on experience of suffering brain injury to make documentary

An LIT lecturer is drawing on his experience of suffering a brain injury to make a documentary on the subject.

Simon McGuire, a film and broadcast editor, was struck by a brain haemorrage out of the blue in 2016, and wants to use his road to recovery to raise awareness of the issue.

He’s looking to speak to other sufferers and their families for the production.

But he also understands that some of those people may find telling their stories difficult.

I had the pleasure to be interviewed on the impact of Troy Studios, by the team at UL’s student publication; Limerick Voice, which is available with this weekend’s edition of the Limerick Leader.

The newly announcement of the rebranding of Screen training Ireland to Screen Skills Ireland, have also released an information site for budding film-makers, students and anyone considering a career in the creative screen sector.

According to their website:

Careers in Screen is a dedicated space that outlines the broad range of job roles available in the screen industry in Ireland and directs you to the most appropriate routes to the roles. The content has been developed by Screen Skills Ireland in consultation with screen industry professionals. It is available to help guide you if you are thinking about a career in the screen sector.

If you are interested in getting some information on your chosen career path then this site aims to give you the initial guide on what maybe required for each position. Click on the image above for the link or HERE

If you are looking for a third level programme in the Broadcast and Film sector then click on the image below for the ‘Creative Broadcast and Film Production‘ Programme which is now at LSAD, LIT.

Students and Staff of the Creative Technologies programmes listening to the announcement of their move to LSAD

Students of the Creative Broadcast and Film Production programme along with the Music Technology Production Programme we’re addressed to by the Dean of the Limerick School of Art & Design; Mike Fitzpatrick and the head of the Creative Design department; James Greenslade this week. The students were inform of the move of the two programmes from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department to the Creative Design School.

This move brings about a more streamlined approach for the programmes as well as a whole range of new opportunities for current and future students. Opening new industry links and collaborations with Creative Design students at the Clare Street and Clonmel campuses.

This is initially a governance change and the students will be remaining at the current premises at Moylish for the foreseeable future however the graduation ceremonies from 2019 onwards will take place at the gallery space in LSAD on Clare Street.

This new era is the beginning of an exciting future for the Creative Technologies programmes.

Creative Media Funding Applications

Posted: November 6, 2018 in Film, Television
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As per their website, Creative Europe Desk Ireland MEDIA Office, and IFTN.ie, the info and applications for funding in a number of sectors of the film and television industries has been released.

See the links below for applications deadlines and further info:

CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA DEADLINES

Please note that there is a new online format for MEDIA Calls which are now presented in one portal with Guidelines divided into two main parts:

  • Part A gives general information about the objectives, priorities, criteria and general rules applicable to all calls for proposals.
  • Part B provides information and criteria per specific call for proposals.

CREATIVE EUROPE DESK IRELAND – MEDIA OFFICES

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland MEDIA Offices offer sector-specific information on funding opportunities for Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme for the audiovisual and cinema sectors.

  • Film: Fiction, Documentary, Animation
  • Television: Drama, Animation, Documentary
  • Games: Narrative led
  • Digital Media: Apps, VR, 360
  • Festivals and Film Education
  • Training: Professional Development

CREATIVE EUROPE DESK IRELAND – MEDIA OFFICE

The Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme is promoted in Ireland by two Offices which provide information on the programme’s funding and opportunities. We offer advice and support to applicants as well as free information seminars on industry topics, training, and networking events. The MEDIA Office is funded by the European Commission in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and RTÉ.

Orla Clancy
Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office
14-16 Lord Edward Street
Dublin 2.
+353 1 6791856
email

CREATIVE EUROPE DESK IRELAND – MEDIA OFFICE GALWAY

The Creative Europe Desk MEDIA Office Galway serves as a regional MEDIA office with a remit to provide information and services as Gaeilge to the growing Irish language audiovisual community. It is funded by the European Commission in partnership with Údarás na Gaeltachta, TG4, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, and the Galway Film Centre.

Eibhlín Ní Mhunghaile
Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office Galway
Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, Galway.
+353 91 770728
email

CREATIVE EUROPE DESK NETWORK

There are Creative Europe Desks in over 35 EU countries. Contact details for these desks can be found here.

On Sunday 28th October, the staff and students of the Creative Broadcast & Film Production produced the Gala Awards show for the Richard Harris International Film Festival(RHIFF).

This was the second year the show was produced for the RHIFF. Previously it was produced for the Limerick Film Festival (LFF)(which joined with RHIFF in 2017)

Consisting of a three camera shoot and pre-edited award clips the show was attended by national and international film makers as well as some well known faces such as, Former WBO Middle Light Weight Boxing Champion Andy Lee, Actors; Jenny Lee Dixon, Nigel Mercier and representatives of Warner Bros UK and Warner Sisters Inc.

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The full awards show is now available to view here: