Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Monday 29th February

Success of Irish film in 2016

James Hickey, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board on the incredible success of Irish film-makers this year and future funding for the industry

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Friday 26th February

Public interview with David Hare

A public interview with acclaimed playwright/screenwriter David Hare who was a guest at this year's Dublin International Film Festival. A unique chance to hear this multi award-winning writer discuss the differences between writing for stage and screen and whether he was happy with his films like Damage, The Reader and The Hours

Thursday 25th February

Film reviews

Clara Rose Thornton and Stephen Boyd review “Secret In Their Eyes”, “The Truth Commissioner” and “The Propaganda Game”

Wednesday 24th February

20th anniversary of the film "Michael Collins"

Neil Jordan remembers the making of "Michael Collins" 20 years ago

Tuesday 23rd February

Paul O'Brien, director of "Staid"

Writer/director Paul O’Brien talks about his debut film “Staid” which follows the lives of four characters in a small town in Wexford; he wrote it as a play 15 years ago but is now showing as part of the Dublin International Film Festival

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Monday 22nd February

Declan Recks, director of "The Truth Commissioner"

Declan Recks, director of new film “The Truth Commissioner”, based on a novel by David Park about a truth commissioner from the UK appointed to hearings in post-conflict Northern Ireland

Friday 19th February

“Fís na Fuiseoige”, a documentary by Aodh Ó Coileáin

Aodh Ó Coileáin, director of Irish-language documentary “Fís na Fuiseoige” which looks at how Irish place names reflect our sense of identity through poetry and folklore; it is showing at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival

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Thursday 18th February

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Hilary Adam White review “Triple 9”, “Chronic”, “The Finest Hours” and “Bone Tomahawk”

Tuesday 16th February

Mary Mapes and the film "Truth"

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to the real Mary Mapes about her depiction in the film “Truth”; she was the producer of Dan Rather’s “60 Minutes” which alleged George W Bush used family connections to avoid the Vietnam draft

Monday 15th February

“We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty”, a documentary by Claire Dix

Film director Claire Dix chats about the subject of her documentary “We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty” - Joan Denise Moriarty was the owner of a dance school in Cork in the 1930’s who spent four decades promoting ballet in Ireland; it is showing next week at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival

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