July News...

Congrats this week to, Kojii Helnwein who was booked for a role in Striking Out Season 3 as was new comer to Castannettenow Grainne Boyle who arrived making her mark! Also Congrats goes to Joanne Brennan who was booked for an amazing role in an American Drama shooting end of the month and last but not least Brendan Sheehan who joins John Colleary on Bridget & Eason Season 3. 

Good news in for Mark Lavery - Handsome Devil went on Netflix worldwide yesterdayHere’s a link to a piece from Lovin Dublin Read all about it!: https://lovin.ie/entertainment/one-of-the-best-irish-movies-in-years-is-on-netflix-from-today

Theatre news:  Break a leg to, Lisa Tyrrell isappearing currently in ‘Absolute Beginners' by Diane Crotty running in the New Theatretill July 22nd 7.30p.m. http://www.thenewtheatre.com/ Lisa has also been cast in a new play ‘The Kill God’ by Eoghan Rua Finn directed by Laura Way and it will staged in the Wexford Opera House from 31st August to 3rd September.  To Eva O’Connor currently appearing in the Edinburgh Fridge with ‘The Friday Night Effect” playing the role of Colletehttps://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/friday-night-effect TheFriday Effect comes to the Main Space Smock Alley in Dublinfrom the 20-23rd Sept as part of the Dublin fringe. Eva is also booked with BBC Radio Belfast to read her play’ The Midnight Sandwich” next week. Finally busy times to for Jeanne O Connor she is in the Everyman Theatre rehearsing for the role of Agnes Lundy in Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Julie Kelleher http://www.everymancork.com/2017/08/dancing-at-lughnasa/ Previews from: 2nd August 2017 Opening Night: 4th August 2017 Closing Night (Cork): 26th August 2017

LA Short Film Fest News...

Great news in today for Brendan Sheehan, his Latest film 'The Observer Effect' written and directed By Garrett Walsh, produced by Garrett and Kathy Horgan and starring Brendan, with Vanessa Emme & Patrick O'Brien will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles International Shorts Fest on August 7th. Congratulations to one and all, from everyone in Castannettenow http://lashortsfest.com/film_program_details.asp…

Summer rolls on...

Lots of audition this week - jury still out on them… but we have been busy! John Colleary - has been busy too shooting in the new series of Bridget and Eamon whilst Kojii Helnwein and Aidan Moriarty shot a new Guinness Ad this week. 
The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stepher starring Joanne Brennan and Declan Reynolds is running currently in the Garage Theatre Monaghan  http://www.garagetheatre.com/, whilst Lisa Tyrrell will star in - ‘Absolute Beginners’ directed by Cian O’Ceallachain in the New Theatre from the 10th to the 22nd July. www.thenewtheatre.com

Well Done to Ama Addison who has been busy working on ADR for BBC’s series ‘The Crown’ and new-comer Eva O’Connor was booked this week by BBC Radio to read her short story ‘The Midnight Sandwich’ recording in their Belfast studio on the 25th, Eva will be performing in a play she wrote ‘My name is Saoirse' in London on the 24th.

Finally …Michele Burton’s short 'The Ladies' (mentioned recently in a post) has has been accepted into the Rhode Island Film Festival and 'The Gaelic Curse' with a large Casta cast is screening at Madrid IFF on July 15th and is nominated in four categories - Best Director, Best Editing (don't laugh), Best Director and Best Feature Film (Comedy).

Busy week for Shorts!...

Good News this week for ..

Ray Reilly ‘No Party for Billy’ a short he made with Shane Connaghton (who co-wrote My Left Foot) and Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly) has been accepted into Galway Film Festival this year. Also good news for Sophia Adli, as her short film"Monkeys In The Garden" has been selected to and last but not least Joanne Brennan’s film‘The Limit’ also secured a top slot at the Galway Film Festival 

http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/

Today, Kerry Film Festival are hosting a symposium celebrating Thomas Ashe which includes a film screening of "Fingal's Finest", which featured Brendan as Thomas Ashe and Eoin O’Sullivan as William O'Connell. It also screens in Chicago next month.

Michele Burton found out this week that ‘The Ladies’ written and directed by Jake McKone in which she was Aunt Bettywon the audience award at9th Oddalenia Film Festival in Dublin, http://filmbase.ie/short-film-festival-oddalenia-distances/#.WU0CrxPytLA 😊

Delighted to hear that ‘The Boring Diary ofFrances Noone’ starring Popper Caraher as Frances, Joanne Brennan, John Colleary and Jill Sartini won Best Producer at the Lady’s First International Film Festival Cork 2017 for Edwina Forkan Zanzibar Films. http://zanzibarfilms.net/

Finally ..well done to Lisa Tyrrell booked for a series of sporting on-line stings which was shot this week.

Where it all began..

This week its back to treading the boards.

Congrats goes to Graeme Coughlan appearing as Joe Haines
in ‘The Cyclops” New Theatre, directed by Peter Reid http://www.thenewtheatre.com/tnt_php/scripts/…/whats_on.php…

Caitriona Ni Threasaigh performing as Molly at the James Joyce Tower in Sandycove this Saturday the 10th of June at 2pm and 4pm a 30 minute piece. Caitriona is also doing a shortened 5 minute extract from it on Bloom's Day itself, the 16th of June between 11 and 2p.m

Mark Lavery is James in ‘James and the Giant Peach’ 14th-25th June at the Mill Theatre http://www.milltheatre.ie/ev…/roald-dahls-james-giant-peach/

Whilst last but not least… Michael Mullen is appearing in ‘Common’ in the National Theatre, Southbank, London Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Written by DC Moore https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/common

June News..

Congrats to Ama Addison who had filmed last week again with Fair City

Well done to Graeme Coughlin who wrote and shot - ‘Feathers’ last week. It's a short story which follows a day in the life of a young girl and her struggle with kidney disease. Her life is dictated by this harsh illness until a brief encounter with a young man in a cemetery changes everything.  

Busy times for Emmet Kelly & Anthony Moriarty, they are shooting this weekend the pilot for a TV Drama series, ‘A Very Irish Family’ which has been in development for a some time, more on that at a later stage..
Joanne Brennan was booked this week for a short film ‘The Limit Of’ directed by Alan Mulligan.

Well Done to Kojii Helnwein, Maghnús Foy & Amanda Stuart-Heaney who are all have been booked for ‘Supervized’ Directed by Steve Barron. The film is shooting over 4 weeks from June 12th between Dublin and Galway, attached already to the film is Tom Berenger Beau Bridges and Louis Gossett Jr.

Delighted this week with the news that Neil Sheehy was booked for a Airport on-line ad, whilst Muireann Ryan & Dermot Ward were booked for an Elect ad, and last but not least, Michele Burton was booked for a phone ad.

Theatre news ..
Niamh Walsh appears on stage in Mill Theatre’s ‘Spring Awaking’ based on the original play by Frank Wedekind, you can still catch Niamh as the play is on tonight and finishes tomorrow nighthttp://www.milltheatre.ie/events/spring-awakening/ and Eoin O Sullivan takes to the stage with ‘Imagining Liam’ by David Scott Teacher Club from May 29th -June 10th. Break a leg guys..

Finally .. a big welcome to newcomer to Castannettenow Eva O’Connor. Fresh from her amazing play (which she wrote and starred in) 'Mazs and Bricks' which I had the pleasure of attending in The Projects Arts recently, Eva is in the UK for the next few weeks filming her award-winning play ‘Overshadowed’ (it premiered at the The Tiger Dublin Fringe in September 2015 and won the Fishamble New Writing Award). It's about a young woman battling anorexia, and has now been adapted for BBC Three television and stars Eva. http://www.irishplayography.com/person.aspx?personid=45053

Here comes summer...

This week …Festival de Cannes and Marche du Film begins Friday, May 17th, and runs until May 28th. http://scannain.com/irish/abroad/cannes-marche-du-film-2017/
Congrats to all who were involved in the films listed below..
Coming to Market - Kissing Candice - Maghnús Foy
Selling at Cannes- Handsome Devil - Mark Lavery
Selling at Cannes- I Kill Giants - Amanda Stuart Heaney
Selling at Cannes - The Man Who Invented Christmas - John Colleary
Selling at Cannes- Muse - Cally O’Connell
Selling at Cannes - Song of Granite - Gerry Herbert
Selling at Cannes -The Professor and The Madman - Shane Noone

Congrats also to, Gerry Herbert who is shooting for two days next week on an on-line ad for a large home improvement chain and to Kojii Helnwein who flew to Berlin today to shoot an corporate in house video tomorrow.

Theatre news …Eoin O’Sullivan played a role in “Between the Dawns” http://smockalley.com/the-new-irish-playbook/ as part of The New Irish Playbook (6 short plays), in Smock Alley, which ran from Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th and he will also appear in "Imagining Liam", by David Scott, opening May 29th in the Teachers Club Theatre for a 2 week run until June 10th.

Everyman Theatre Cork present Dancing at Lughnasahttp://www.everymancork.com/2017/08/dancing-at-lughnasa/
Starring Jeanne O Conor who will be appearing in the role of Agnes. Rehearsals begin for Jeanne in July just as she arrives back from her Honeymoon, as Jeanne is marrying her favourite man on the planet… Cathal Mac Donncha on May 27th in Kerry! 
 Congrats to Jeanne and Cathal from everyone in Castannettenow.