Awards Season

January IAPI movie club 2015

Tuesday 20th January

18:30 to 21:30



When we meet again in the New Year we will already be in the midst of the Film and Television Awards Season - the Golden Globes will have already taken place on January 11th; the Oscar nominations will have been announced; the BAFTAs will be coming on the 8th February and the Oscars on February 22nd, 2015.

To date there is a lot of buzz around Boyhood, Birdman and Foxcatcher in the main categories. Selma, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything are also being strongly pushed.  This year sees the longest ever list of applications for Best Foreign Oscar and the strong contenders include IDA from Poland and Leviathan from Russia along with Force Majeur from Sweden.

Come and join us for a robust discussion on the whole Awards system; come ready to defend your own choices for best film of 2014 or to champion an overlooked gem.  Personally I'm going to put forward and give you a sneak preview of a terrific independent film from the US due out here next year called Whiplash along with analysing the merits and strengths of Boyhood, Foxcather and IDA while screening scenes from these films.  

You do not need to have seen the films in advance of the Film Club: we will try to keep spoilers to a minimum while whetting your appetite to see the whole film.

Rachel O Flanagan is script editor and development executive having started her career in the Film Industry in 1996. After several years as development executive for Treasure Films, Rachel went freelance and has worked on developing and script editing feature films and television dramas. Her produced credits include Good Vibrations, The Stag, The Running Mate, Rasaí na Gaillimhe, Showbands 1 & 2; The Clinic and On Home Ground.  Rachel trained with Bobette Buster, author of Do/Story on her Visual Storytelling training course; with Stephen Cleary on the MEDIA Arista course and studied The Sequence Approach with the professors of screenwriting at USC.

Rachel has been a guest lecturer at the Huston Film School; the National Film School (IADT); DCU School of Communications and Filmbase. She has acted as script editor and external panel member for the MA Screenwriting course in IADT and as a reader / jury member for the Tiernan McBride Script awards; the IFTAs; the Digital Media Awards and North by Northwest MEDIA training programme.

In 2012 Rachel curated "one of the liveliest sessions at the Mountains to Sea Festival" (The Irish Times) bringing together, for the first time, screenwriters Lisa Albert from Mad Men and Jeppe Gjervig Gram from Borgen to discuss their work at a sold out event.

In 2013 she chaired a second television drama event with writers Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge); Ben Richards (The Tunnel/Spooks); and Allan Cubitt (The Fall)

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