Arrival – Film Review

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Arrival– Film Review by Gareth Stack

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writers: Eric Heisserer (screenplay), Ted Chiang (based on the short story “Story of Your Life” written by)
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Nobody makes science fiction movies anymore. What?! I hear you say. Aren’t they the only movies these days? And sure, if you walk into a random screen in a multiplex anywhere on the planet, chances are there’ll be a franchise superhero movie playing. Star Wars has recently seen a reboot, arguably besting the original. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece Blade Runner is due to receive a sequel next year. JJ Abrams Star Trek ‘re-imaginings’ are popular and indeed fun. But this revival of interest in the fantastical is deceptive. While Marvel and DC movies, and even the techno futuristic work of Christopher Nolan may play with the tropes of science fiction, they are emphatically not SF. For a…

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Ray Brown – Staten Island

As a quick turnaround creative project this weekend, I headed back to the Concrete Cathedral, in the company of actor James O’Connor. We made a super quickie video for my friend Ray Brown’s 2012 single Staten Island.

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In The Dark coming to Dublin

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Two Summers ago, I was lucky enough to attend the first ever Hearsay Audio Festival. If you haven’t heard of the festival, it’s a unique chance to enjoy the most inventive, avant garde and creative audio from around the world. The festival is also a hella chill break, as it’s held in the bucolic idyll of Kilfinane, Co Limerick. One of the highlights of the first Hearsay was the short doc contest run by Bristol based BBC crew ‘In The Dark‘ (and not just cause I won ;). In The Dark run uniquely joyful listening events in a wonderful variety of locations from crypts to eerie forests . At last years festival they setup a shop full of curiosities, each of which was paired with a story. Visitors plucked an object from the shelf and were passed an MP3 player containing an accompanying story. Mine concerned an urban myth about an underground group of students who got their kicks climbing into tumble driers and experiencing the spin cycle!

AIRPI have invited In the Dark to Dublin, for what promises to be a unique listening even at the Unitarian Church. In The Dark will be playing a selection of stories for the start of winter. Highly recommended!

When: Saturday, November 5 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Where: Dublin Unitarian Church
How Much: 10 euro or free for AIRPI members.
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Podcasting Workshop – August 13th

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When: Sat 13th Aug,  10-5pm (with 1 hour for lunch)
Where: A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St, Dublin 1
Cost: 60 Euro
Book here

I’m running a one day podcast workshop this August in A4 Sounds. This two part workshop will cover everything you need to create, upload and promote your own podcast. We’ll provide an overview of the history of podcasts, and the current state of the podcast market. You will learn about different podcast hosting and distribution options, how to track downloads and what it takes to get a podcast into iTunes ‘New & Noteworthy’ category.

This workshop is suitable for anyone wishing to create a podcast or improve how their podcasts are created or distributed, and requires no special technical expertise.  Whether you already have a podcast you’d like to improve, or are just a keen fan with an idea, this is the workshop for you.

What will the workshop cover

Part one of the day will be an overview of podcasting, covering different ways podcasts are made and distributed, and moving onto all the major monetisation routes – from advertising to Patreon, paid downloads, app purchases and more.

We’ll look at various hosting options and podcast creation pipelines, from self hosting with WordPress or Libsyn, to all in one services like Zencast, Soundcloud, ACast and audioBoom.

Part two will cover the process of creating a podcast, using free and low cost tools. Participants will work together to record, edit and distribute a podcast. They will learn through hands on practice, how to submit to the most popular podcast directories and apps.

The facilitator will be available after the workshop to answer further questions and technical issues that might pop up with your first attempts at making a show.

Materials Required:

Participants to bring along:

  • Previously recorded programmes they wish to podcast
    OR ideas for a show they’d like to create
  • Laptops to follow along with the practical portion of the class

A4 will supply all other necessary equipment & materials.
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Book now for ‘The New Irish Playbook’

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Tickets are finally available for ‘The New Irish Playbook’, a show case of short work from emerging Irish writers, featuring my play ‘One Night  Forever Ago’.

The show runs May 17th – 20th in the Sean O’Casey Theatre.
Get your tickets here, or check out the event on Facebook.

Poster image based on ‘You Lost me in your dreams series‘ by Nick Kenrick, Creative Commons attribution 2.0 Generic.

 

 

No More Workhorse Interview

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I spoke with David Turpin for No More Workhorse about the making of ‘The Wall in the Mind’, and the real historic incidents that inspired the programme.

The Wall in the Mind is a historical drama series, dealing with the consequences of an Irish woman’s imprisonment in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.  What attracted you to this subject?

I made a documentary a couple of years ago about the Irish experimental music scene. One of the highlights was an interview with Ewan Hennelly (HERV / ZPG), who’s this under appreciated genius of Irish electronic music. He told me this incredible story about narrowly escaping arrest when climbing in the foothills of the Grunewald forest outside Berlin. There’s a mountain there called Teufelsberg, literally built from the rubble of the Second World War. The allies had a listening post on top of it – part of the old CIA ECHELON system they used to spy on the Eastern block. Ewan made the place sound almost magical, this forgotten ruin of the early days of the modern surveillance state. That was the seed I think, this image of an abandoned outpost of empire looming over the east, churning in my head.

Check out the rest of the interview here.

‘One Night Forever Ago’

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Really excited to announce my first stage play is coming to Dublin, courtesy of Little Shadow Theatre Company. The piece is a short (15 – 20 minutes), and it’s being staged along with a variety of other pieces by emerging playwrights as part of a show called ‘The New Irish Playbook’. It’d be an understatement to say I’m nervous. This is the first time I’ve had my work directed and produced by someone other than well, me. Luckily I know the piece is in able hands, having been lucky enough to work with producer Joe O’Neill and co-star Danii Byrne in the past. Here’s the blurb…

One Night, Forever Ago is a play about the consequences of an ambiguous accusation. Peter and Laura meet at a cafe, years after the collapse of their relationship. Conflicting motivations gradually emerge. Peter wants to rewrite history, forcing Laura to own up to a lie. Laura wants to make Peter admit to what he did, one-night years before. The play moves back and forth in time, between their afternoon meeting, and the night of the incident. The play’s themes include the grey area of consent, and the volatile nature of adolescent sexual relationships. This is a story of misunderstanding, misplaced blame and accepting responsibility.

Cast: Danii Byrne & Conn Cowman
Director: Mark McCauley
Producer: Joe O’Neill

Where: Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, Dublin 3
When: May 17-20th
Tickets: €12/€15
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Poster image based on ‘You Lost me in your dreams series‘ by Nick Kenrick, Creative Commons attribution 2.0 Generic.