Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Tuesday 3rd February

Aardman Studios and Shaun the Sheep

Peter Lord, co-founder of British animation studios Aardman, talks about successes like Wallace and Gromit and their latest film “Shaun The Sheep: The Movie”

50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music"

John Byrne marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 film “The Sound Of Music”

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Thursday 29th January

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Joe Griffin review “Inherent Vice”, “Big Hero 6” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

Monday 26th January

Digital Biscuit film & technology forum

Birch Hamilton, founder and Tom Conroy, film production designer talk about this year’s Digital Biscuit international film & technology forum

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Thursday 22nd January

Film Reviews

Three new movies up for review:

80’s New York Crime drama A Most Violent Year, futuristic thriller Ex Machina starring Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, and a remake of the 1970s film The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg.

Brogen Hayes and Chris Wasser discuss.

Monday 19th January

Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson talks to Seán about his new film Ex-Machina in which he plays Caleb, a young programmer selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

Friday 16th January

Thomas Pynchon

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced yesterday afternoon. One of the films nominated for best adapted screenplay is Inherent Vice, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix which is due out in cinemas here later this month. It’s adapted from the 2009 novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon and to tell us more about the author is Mark Quinn.  

Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is out on the 30th of January and the book is published by Penguin.

Thursday 15th January

Film Reviews

The latest from director Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper  - American Sniper. Tense music drama Whiplash, and a biopic of the British war veteran Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth. Eithne Shortall and Stephen Boyd have been to see them. The Oscar Nominations were revealed today, a short discussion on who is in and who was left out.

Monday 12th January

Film: Testament of Youth

James Kent, director of film "Testament of Youth", a story of love, war and remembrance based on the memoir of the same name, talks to Seán.

Friday 9th January

Fred Wiseman, director of documentary "National Gallery"

Director Fred Wiseman talks about his career and his latest film “National Gallery” - a documentary about life inside the National Gallery in London



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