JENNIFER ZAMPARELLI’S REVIEW
Behind the Scenes, 13 June 2019
THE NEW look 2FM has been attracting mixed reviews following its makeover, but one of the players, former Breakfast Republic co-presenter Jennifer Zamparelli, might want to tune out the comments. Back in March, when Zamparelli was named as 2FM’s key star to attract young listeners to the station, the Indo claimed that handing the 37... Read more »
PAT MOYLAN’S GRANT
Behind the Scenes, 10 June 2019
CONGRATULATIONS to former Arts Council chair Pat Moylan who is again to tour her smash hit show, Angela’s Ashes The Musical, two years after it packed the punters in during its Irish tour. The good news is that this time around the tour has extended to the UK and has managed to land a €35,000... Read more »
ÁINE MORIARTY’S DELAYED RELEASE
Behind the Scenes, 7 June 2019
EARLIER THIS year, Goldhawk raised the ghastly spectre of a hiatus in Áine Moriarty and Deirdre Hopkins’s annual red carpet luvviethon, the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs). Co-star Hopkins had taken a job with BAFTA in London late last year and, instead of the 2019 IFTA nominations process cranking into gear, a “strategic five-year... Read more »
SELINA CARTMELL’S OLD SHOWS
Behind the Scenes, 31 May 2019
NEXT WEEK sees the return to the Gate of the hit show at the northside theatre, Roddy Doyle’s The Snapper. Given it had a near three-month run only a year ago, this represents fairly staid programming by the widely praised Gate supremo Selina Cartmell, following directly on from an underwhelming version of a Gate staple,... Read more »
SHARON HORGAN’S LATEST PAYDAY
Behind the Scenes, 30 May 2019
AS THE annual Cannes film junket (which featured a rare Irish success) came to a close on Sunday, it coincided with the arrival of Screen Ireland’s first-quarter gravy train. The biggest funding award made by SI in the first three months of this year was €¾m for an Element Pictures project, Herself, to be directed... Read more »
REVIEW: THE DIG
Behind the Scenes, 25 May 2019
ANY FILM coming out of Northern Ireland and titled The Dig is, even if not overtly, a ‘Troubles’ film, likely to be viewed as an allegory of post-conflict unease. That may be true of brothers Andy and Ryan Tohill’s directorial debut, written by Stuart Drennan, but it presents as an economically told story of the... Read more »
SARAH DILLON’S €2M FUND
Behind the Scenes, 21 May 2019
FANS OF Goldhawk will be aware of the Western Region Audiovisual Producers (WRAP) Fund thanks to the nascent body’s first funding decision – €200,000 for the Element Pictures project Calm With Horses (see The Phoenix, 4/5/18). That award to an adaptation of a Mike McCormack story was done and dusted before the WRAP had even... Read more »
SARAH DURCAN’S NOMINATION
Behind the Scenes, 16 May 2019
GOLDHAWK was recently perusing the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Abbey Theatre and spied a regulation that could be interpreted to cause a headache for one of the board members, Sarah Durcan. Find out why in the latest issue, out today. And you can read more about ‘Young Blood’ Durcan here for free.
MARTY WHELAN’S SNEAK PREVIEW
Behind the Scenes, 15 May 2019
The usually popular Marty Whelan found himself on the wrong side of opinion this week when he posted a “little taste from behind the scenes in Tel Aviv”on Wednesday. The broadcaster received almost 400 messages from fans, overwhelmingly expressing disappointment with his presence at this year’s controversial Eurovision event in Israel. Many declared their fondness... Read more »
NEIL JORDAN’S ‘LUDICROUS THRILLER’
Behind the Scenes, 7 May 2019
Neil Jordan & Chloe Grace-Moretz NEIL JORDAN’S latest opus, Greta, opened to predictably ‘mixed’ reviews over the Easter weekend. The Financial Times’s opening salvo referred to the “ludicrous thriller” and went downhill from there. Read more in the latest issue of The Phoenix. And you can read further about Neil Jordan’s ‘horror story’ here for... Read more »
KEVIN RAFTER’S CV
Behind the Scenes, 4 May 2019
NOT TOO late in the day, Blueshirt Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has appointed Kevin Rafter as Sheila Pratschke’s replacement in the chair of the Arts Council. The journalist and academic is certainly familiar with Fine Gael. Read more in the latest issue of The Phoenix.
ABBEY BOARD’S SCRIPT
Behind the Scenes, 30 April 2019
PIC: Frances Ruane GOLDHAWK was interested to know how the Abbey board reacted to last year’s decision by the Arts Council to withhold a chunk of funding until it sorted out its employment conditions for cast and crew brought in. Find out more in the latest issue out now. You can also read about more... Read more »
JOHN GLEESON’S NEW PLOT
Behind the Scenes, 27 April 2019
THE ACCOUNTANCY profession has expanded significantly since the financial services sector was freed of its old-fashioned, fusty reservations. And with riskier business came the ‘forensic’ accountant – a sort of money pathologist who could pick over a corporate corpse and divine how it came to a sorry end. Read more in the latest issue.
Behind the Scenes, 26 April 2019
THREE MONTHS after advertising for a replacement for James Hickey as CEO of Screen Ireland, the job has gone to Désirée Finnegan of Warner Brothers Pictures. While her name appeared to come out of the blue for many observers, the least surprising aspect of the appointment is surely the gender of the new film boss.... Read more »
REVIEW: DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE – VIRGIN MEDIA
Behind the Scenes, 22 April 2019
This health-based series offers the same nutritional hit as a visit to McDonald’s. Viewers are left hungry for something actually worth getting their teeth into. Read the full review here now.
REVIEW: DON’T GO – DIRECTED BY DAVID GLEESON
Behind the Scenes, 21 April 2019
WATCHING David Gleeson’s Don’t Go in a near empty cinema, as Goldhawk did, a viewer’s thoughts may drift to parodies in The Simpsons of Poe’s The Raven and Kubrick’s The Shining. Read the full review now.
NEIL JORDAN’S HORROR STORY
Behind the Scenes, 16 April 2019
TWENTY YEARS on from In Dreams, his last dalliance with an American psychological horror story, it seems Neil Jordan has laid another curate’s egg with the New York-set Greta, filmed in Ireland with James ‘Octagon’ Flynn producing.
French star Isabelle Huppert leads as an unhinged predator (the role played by Robert Downey Jr in the earlier film). Critical reaction may depend on how grand one likes one’s guignol or how high one likes one’s camp.
It’s safe to assume the budget for Greta was half to two-thirds that of the earlier film’s $30m. It picked up €2m to €5m in change from Revenue under the Section 481 tax credit scheme and €650,000 from Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board).
Box office for Greta has been below expectations – $10.5m to date in the US, where it opened on March 1st at 2,411 cinemas. Back in 1999, In Dreams took $12m from 1,670 cinemas when ticket prices were lower.
With a performance like this, it may not come as too much of a surprise that Universal in the US is set to release the film online on May 14 and on Blu-ray and DVD on May 28. Jordan boasted in an extended puff piece in the Sunday Times ‘Culture’ magazine last weekend that Greta is “a cinema animal”. Maybe someone needs to remind Universal of this.
(Irish cinema-goers get to make their own minds up when it opens over the Easter weekend.)
PROFILE: JAMES FLYNN
Behind the Scenes, 9 April 2019
A GRIPPING legal drama returns to the schedules this month, when German lawyer-turned-movie maker Winfried ‘Winni’ Hammacher goes head to head with two of Ireland’s top TV and movie men, Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn. Read all about it in the latest issue. You can also read Goldhawk’s profile of Flynn’s business partner, Morgan O’Sullivan,... Read more »
JOSEPHA MADIGAN’S BIASED BURSARIES
Behind the Scenes, 7 April 2019
NOT SURPRISINGLY, there was little (ie no) outcry after Josepha Madigan unveiled the government’s latest gender-based culture wheeze, which takes the form of the “Markievicz bursaries”. It is hard to see how such a scheme got the green light. Apparently the new bursaries “both honour Countess Constance Markievicz – herself an artist – and provide... Read more »
JOSEPHA’S BURSARIES MK II
Behind the Scenes, 7 April 2019
THIS MONTH, applications close for the ‘Markievicz bursaries’ (mark II) and it promises to be pretty competitive given that the potential field has doubled in size. What is interesting about the decision to open up the €20,000 a head bursaries to applicants of the male persuasion is the lack of serious analysis of any potential... Read more »