Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1975, where he was made a Fellow in 2001.

After many years composing for theatre, radio and television, Patrick joined the Renaissance Theatre Company as composer and musical director in 1987. In 1989 director Sir Kenneth Branagh commissioned Patrick to compose the score for feature film ‘Henry V’, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and they have subsequently collaborated on numerous pictures, including ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘As You Like It’ and Walt Disney’s live action version of ‘Cinderella’. Patrick and Branagh’s collaboration within theatre and film has continued to this day with Patrick composing for 2017 Twentieth Century Fox feature ‘Murder On The Orient Express’, marking their twelfth film collaboration, for which he received an ASCAP ‘Top Film Award’.

Patrick has been commissioned to score over 50 international feature films, including ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Brave’ for Disney/Pixar; ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Indochine’, ‘Carlito’s Way’ and ‘A Little Princess’. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuaròn, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman. He has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for ‘Henry V’. He has also been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The World Soundtrack Awards and Scottish BAFTA, the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP and the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.

In 2016 Patrick completed scores for the remake of Scottish classic ‘Whisky Galore!’ and Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. In 2018 Patrick completed the score for ‘Sgt Stubby: An American Hero’ and Twentieth Century Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’. Most recently, Patrick composed the original score for ‘All Is True’, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh for Sony Picture Classics.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Composing For Film) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 2pm


Jill Beardsworth

Filmography: 2018 When All is Ruin Once Again; 2013 Analogue People in a Digital Age; 2011 Apples of the Golan (Screened at Dingle IFF in 2013); 2010 Circus Man; 2006 Children of Allah.

Jill Beardsworth is one half of TWOPAIR Films, documentary filmmakers in the West of Ireland. No stranger to the Festival, Jill Beardsworth brought the TWOPAIR film Apples of the Golan to the Festival in 2013 and this year he brings When All Is Ruin Once Again.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Irish Documentary Panel – And May These Characters Remain) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 4pm, and also at the feature screening of WHEN ALL IS RUIN ONCE AGAIN in St James Church Saturday the 23rd at 8pm


Aodh Ó Coileáin.

One of Aodh’s first jobs was in the Dingle Phoenix Cinema – he was an usher on opening night and doubled as tuck shop attendant. Ó Coileáin has made documentary films on four continents; his latest CUMAR an exploration of confluence will screen this summer. Aodh teaches Media at NUI Galway and is Chair of an Taibhdhearc (an Tive-Yark) Ireland’s National Irish Language Theatre, established in 1928.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Irish Documentary Panel – And May These Characters Remain) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 4pm


Treasa O’brien

Filmography: 2018 Town of Strangers; 2016 The Blow in; Noor at Mytilini Port; 2015 Eat Your Children; 2010 N25.

Filmmaker, Artist, Activist. Treasa is the founder of Stinging Hornet Films, under which she produces her own films and some co-productions and collaborative project. This year she brings Town of Strangers to the Festival.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Irish Documentary Panel – And May These Characters Remain) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 4pm, and also at the feature screening of TOWN OF STRANGERS in the Phoenix Cinema Sunday the 24th at 2.30pm


Kirk Jones

Kirk Jones attended Newport Film School in 1985, specialising indirecting comedy, drama and TV commercials.

After directing award winning TV Commercials in the UK, Europe and US he wrote his first feature film for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. ‘Proportionate to budget’, WAKING NED DEVINE was one of the highest grossing films in the world in 1999 and won awards throughout the US and Europe.

In 2004 he directed his second feature NANNY MCPHEE for Working Title and Universal Pictures. Starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, it was a top ten highest grossing film in the UK that year.

2010 saw the release of Kirk’s third feature film, which he wrote and directed. EVERYBODY’S FINE starred Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell and was produced by Miramax.

In 2012 Kirk directed Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick in the Romantic Comedy WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING through Lionsgate films.

In 2015 he directed the sequel to MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 produced by Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman, Paul Brooks, Nia Vardalos.

Kirk’s next project will see a second collaboration with Robert DeNiro; an original idea and screenplay, which he will direct in the summer of 2019.

Kirk is a member of The Directors Guild Of America, BAFTA and in 2013 was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is chairman of the Mark Milsome Foundation which he helped set up in memory of his friend who was a cameraman and was killed on set in Ghana in 2017. The Foundation provides two scholarships to help young people in the film industry and aims to increase the awareness of Health and Safety.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (From Hollywood To Dingle) in McCarthy’s Bar Friday the 22nd at 2pm


Sarah Glennane – CEO of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland

Sarah Glennane is CEO of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland, the representative body for Irish and Irish based composers of original music for Film/TV/Advertising and Games In 2017 Sarah authored the IMRO/MCPS report Music for Screen in Ireland, which was instrumental in the formation of the SCGI.
Sarah also has worked as an independent music supervisor, on feature film and TV productions, she is passionate about creative music supervision and the role music plays in the development of narrative and depth in audiovisual productions. Sarah has delivered module’s on music for film and the business of music for film, as guest lecturer at Dublin’s Pulse College; Scoring for Film and Visual Media (MA) and Film Base; Film Production (MA). She has participated on industry panels for IMRO, Screen Training Ireland and other music and audiovisual industry events. Sarah’s background is in music management and arts marketing, She has worked with many notable Irish musicians over her career in the performance music industry.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Composing For Film) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 2pm


Brian Lally

Filmography: 2018 The Curious Works of Roger Doyle; 1996 Boys and Men; 2009 “8.5 Hours; 2016 Alternative Model.

Brian Lally is a screenwriter and filmmaker from Dublin. He has written a wide range of screenplays, several of which have been optioned and produced. Between 2006 and 2017, he directed and produced almost 300 corporate video productions via his own production company Instigator Films. Brian currently has several feature drama and feature documentary projects in development.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Irish Documentary Panel – And May These Characters Remain) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 4pm


Grant Korgan

After sustaining a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down, world-class adventurer, nano-scientist, and professional athlete, Grant Korgan –who had never shied away from a challenge –refused to balk at his new reality because he still had a mission in store.

Ten years prior, when his college best friend and climbing partner passed away in an avalanche, his parents entrusted Korgan with their son’s equipment, entreating him to continue climbing out on life’s skinny branches. Spurred by his commitment to a friend, an overwhelming sense of self-belief, and armed with the unconditional love and support of his soul mate and wife Shawna, Korgan decided right from the start of his life-altering journey that he would overcome. By doing the hard work and tirelessly visualizing his progression, he found the strength to rise and reclaim his active lifestyle by becoming the first spinal cord-injured athlete in history to ski 80 miles to Antarctica’s South Pole, setting world records kayaking around the circumference of Lake Tahoe, returning to the sports he loves, and pioneering new sports that he now shares with others in the adaptive athlete community.

Today, Grant is an emerging face of spinal cord recovery. He and his wife Shawna travel the globe heralding his message of choosing positivity through adversity, so that we may all climb a mountain for someone we love, and/or any mountain that stands in our way.Korgan chronicles his injury and road to recovery in his book Two Feet Back. This ‘must read’ is a first in a series of autobiographies, aimed toward reminding us all, that “regardless of ability (or perceived dis-ability), every single one of us has the power to come to the awareness that you can achieve everything you desire in this life”.

Can be met: At the feature screening of THE PUSH: OWNING YOUR OWN REALITY IS WHERE THE JOURNEY BEGINS in the Phoenix Cinema Sunday the 24th at 7pm



Michael Garland – Producer

Michael Garland and Paul Donovan formed film and television production outfit, Grand Pictures, in 2000. The company has made ten feature films including Death of a Superhero and eleven TV series or singles including, Paths to Freedom and Trivia, Moone Boy. Grand produces quality popular drama and comedy with a mix of new and experienced talent for both cinema and television.

Can be met: At the feature screening of DARK LIES THE ISLAND in the Phoenix Cinema Saturday the 23rd at 2.30pm


Anthony Wall

Anthony Wall is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose lifelong contribution to cinema has been honored with the Special Medallion of the Telluride film festival. For over 40 years he has been a director, then Series Editor & Executive Producer of the BBC’s flagship arts documentary strand Arena, voted by leading TV executives in Broadcast as one of the top 50 most influential programmes of all time.

Directors and producers with whom he has worked with include Martin Scorsese, Alan Yentob, Roly Keating, Frederick Baker, Volker Schlondorff and Vikram Jayanti. The subjects of his films are a roll call of the world’s best-known cultural figures in 20th and 21st centuries, from Slim Gaillard to Amy Winehouse, from Edward Said to Eric Hobsbawm and from Jean Genet to V S Naipaul.

Wall joined Arena in the autumn of 1978 and is the foundation, the structure, the framework and the heart of it since he began back then, right up to today.

As part of our tribute to Arena and Anthony Wall, Dingle International Film Festival is dedicating the screen in McCarthy’s Bar, our Festival Hub & Club, to twelve hours of classic performance captured by Arena’s cameras and recorders over the last 40 years.

Can be met: At the Hub & Club in McCarthy’s Bar nightly Thursday to Saturday  from 7pm


Niall McCann

Filmography: 2018 THE SCIENCE OF GHOSTS; 2016 Lost in France; 2012 Art Will Save the World (Screened at Dingle IFF 2013); 2012 An Exile’s Home in the Bronx.

Niall McCann is an Irish writer, director and documentarian. We had Niall in Dingle back in 2013 with his film Art Will Save The World. He brings The Science of Ghosts to this years Festival.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Irish Documentary Panel – And May These Characters Remain) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 4pm


Cathal Ó Cuaig

Filmography: 2009 Ag Lorg Che (TG4); 2013 Síle & Grá Mo Chroí (TG4); 2014 4 part documentary series Deirfiúracha na hEolaíochta (RTE).

In 2007, Cathal Ó Cuaig began with Sónta Films, producing the documentary Sa mBaile san Ind for TG4, filmed in Ireland & India. In 2012 he was selected to attend Archidoc, a training program for film directors run by La Fémis, Paris (National French Film School). Winner of the first Físín prize in 2010 with An Cluiche.

Can be met: At our POW WOW chin wag (Irish Documentary Panel – And May These Characters Remain) in McCarthy’s Bar Saturday the 23rd at 4pm, and also at the feature screening of SLÁN LEIS ON gCEOL in the Phoenix Cinema Sunday the 24th at 5pm


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