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Oscar nominee for Fleadh masterclass

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Screenwriter Josh Olson.

Oscar nominee Hollywood screenwriter Josh Olson will be the subject of this year’s Screenwriters Masterclass at the Galway Film Fleadh, which takes place next month. For the event, he will examine A History of Violence, the film that won him accolades around the world.

Taking participants through the film scene by scene, he will give them insights into his creative process and practical advice about how to shape a story for the screen.

The masterclass will address re-writes, the art of collaboration, how to adapt source material and choosing when to reveal aspects of a plot to the audience.

Josh Olson’s screenplay for A History of Violence was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a WGA award and an Edgar. He is also the writer/director of the horror/comedy cult movie, Infested. He co-wrote an adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s The Discarded for the ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction. The episode starred Brian Dennehy and John Hurt, and was directed by Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes.

He adapted Halo for producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp; and his adaptation of the Dennis Lehane short story, Until Gwen, made the Black List. He’ll be directing it shortly. He wrote a sequel to The Wizard of Oz for Warner Brothers, and adapted Lee Child’s bestselling Jack Reacher novel, One Shot, for Paramount. He’s just written Tabloid, a thriller for Mick Jagger, and is currently adapting the book, The Last Policeman for Fremantle and Random House Productions.

His essay for the Village Voice, I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script, became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of four million hits. Olson can also be seen commenting on classic film trailers at Joe Dante’s website, Trailers from Hell.

His Fleadh masterclass will be moderated by Dublin script consultant MK O’ Flanagan. In the last year, MK has been a tutor on screenwriting programmes in Prague, Malta, Pilsen, London, Cologne, Krakow, Mielny, Cork and Galway as Dublin.

The masterclass costs €50 and will take place on July 10 from 2pm-5.30pm (there will be 30 minutes for Q&A) in the Radisson Hotel, Galway.

For further information or to apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at 091-562200 or email: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com. The closing date for applications is 1pm on Friday, July 4.

n For information on the masterclasses for actors and producers taking place during this year’s Galway Film Fleadh check www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

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Immortal, a musical exploration of history, family and immortality

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Ellen Greally who plays Oisín's daughter Plur in Immortal.

An original musical, Immortal, from local theatre company, Morgan Creative is running at the city’s Town Hall Theatre until this Friday night, September 24, starting at 8pm nightly.

Billed by its creators Luke and Jake Morgan as “the next chapter of Irish folklore”, the story is set between the mythological land of Tír na nÓg, rural Galway during the Irish Civil War and modern-day Galway. It features 12 new original songs that strive to bring the area’s rich local history and traditions to a modern audience.

An era after her father, Oisín has left Tír na nÓg, Plur sets off on a perilous journey to find him. With the help of Choppy, a grouchy swan, Plur crosses the sea to a magical land she has heard about only in stories: Ireland. However, when she arrives, she learns that trouble is brewing.

The year is 1921 and the struggle for Irish independence is about to take a bitter turn. As Plur encounters a group of young rebels intent on storming Renmore Barracks, there is only one question on her mind: Will she manage to find her father and bring him home before it is too late?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway back in festive swing

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Festival highlight…John Gerrard (centre) in front of his Mirror Pavilion in Derrigimlagh Bog, pictured in with Galway International Arts Festival’s Chief Executive John Crumlish (left) and Artistic Director Paul Fahy. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The programme may have been amended because of Covid-19 restrictions – but this year’s Galway International Arts Festival still conjured up a whole set of indoor and outdoor experiences to deliver three weeks of spectacular success.

The pandemic resulted in GIAF’s biggest ever digital programme, including the first festival theatre livestream, making the work accessible to a much wider audience – and a star-studded concert from St Nicholas’ Church.

Festival highlights included Medicine, a theatrical tour-de-force by Enda Walsh with a cast featuring Domhnall Gleeson – and the acclaimed Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, the second part of John Gerrard’s visual art project set in the heart of Derrygimlagh bog. That also attracted a global audience because it included a 24/7 live stream of the virtual performance that was being shown on the LED screen.

The first ever Other Voices collaboration with the festival delivered an unforgettable concert from St Nicholas’ Church, as part of the Courage series, featuring NewDad, Tolü Makay, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery, and Anna Mullarkey.

Audiences can still experience again the First Thought Talks series by checking them out  the Festival website.  Guests such as Misha Glenny; Bonnie Greer; Mike Ryan, Noelle Browne; Siobhan Burke, Sinéad Burke, Fintan O Toole, Peter Lunn and Teresa Lambe amongst others, discussed everything from cyber-hacking to the impact of remote working on rural Ireland to vaccine development.

The 2021 Vinyl Hours series saw guests Philip King, Sinéad Burke, Niamh Regan and Brian Kerr, reveal their most treasured songs in special in-conversation events. Fans can catch up with these conversations when they are released next month as part of the First Thought podcast series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kinvara exhibition focuses on ups and downs of social media

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The Kinvara Area Visual Artists group, KAVA is hosting, My Social Bubble, an exhibition of work by arts graduate Mark Keaveney, in which the Roscommon native focuses on the use social media

“My current practice is about the psychological effects of social media,” he explains. “I am exploring people’s engagement with these online platforms, mostly through digital media, along with other platforms such as painting, drawing, and photography.  Modern technology has proven to be a huge phenomenon and an extremely helpful tool in the contemporary art world.

“It provides many benefits as well as potentially harmful results. There is a significant grey area to be found when approaching peoples’ mental health and these handheld devices.”

This exhibition in cooperation with KAVA, will be supported by Kinvara Alive, a local group that promotes well-being and mental health.

The spokesperson for Kinvara Alive, Sean Glynn, says the show offers plenty food for thought.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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