28 October 2003
The Film: In America
Jim Sheridan's CV as a director includes some very well known movies: 'My Left Foot', 'The Field', 'In the Name of the Father' and his most recent as a director, 'The Boxer', which came out some six years ago. So expectations are running high for his new movie, 'In America'. It is also, by a long way, his most personal. Co-written by Sheridan and his two daughters, Naomi and Kirsten, it's based on his own family's experience as Irish hopefuls in America. The story begins in 1982 as young Irish actor, Johnny, played by Paddy Considine, and his wife Sarah, Samantha Morton, head into New York with their two young daughters looking for work.

Katie Moylan, Shay Healy and Tony Ó Dálaigh discuss 'In America'

The Book: Big Fat Love
This week it's a tale of two Sheridans because Jim's brother Peter has just published a novel, 'Big Fat Love', his third book. Peter has spent most of his life writing, directing and collaborating in the theatre, and he also directed the films 'Borstal Boy' and the short 'The Breakfast'. His first book, '44: A Dublin Memoir' was nominated for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Non-fiction Literature Prize, and he followed this with 'Forty-Seven Roses', inspired by his mother's courage in keeping her family together against the odds. 'Big Fat Love' explores similar themes but in clearly fictional terms. Set in Dublin's docklands, it tells the story of Philo, all 240 tattooed pounds of her, who turns up at the local convent seeking refuge from her husband Tommo.

The Panel discusses Peter Sheridan's 'Big Fat Love'

The Film: All The Real Girls
The director David Gordon Green was raised in Texas and studied directing at the North Carolina School of Arts. His first feature, 'George Washington', was awarded the New York Film Critics' prize for Best First Film in 2000 and other awards quickly followed. Now comes 'All the Real Girls' and, like his first film, it features a young cast and is set in a poor, small-town community. Written by Green himself and based on an idea he developed several years ago with the film's male lead, Paul Schneider, it's a story of young love in a run-down mill town in North Carolina. Schneider plays Paul, a womanising 22-year-old still living with his mother, who falls in love with his best friend's little sister, Noel, played by Zooey Deschanel.

The Panel discusses 'All the Real Girls'

The Exhibition: John Gerrard's New Work in New Media
John Gerrard is an artist working in new media. Originally from Tipperary, he has Masters degrees in both Fine Arts and Multimedia as well as a BA in sculpture. He recently completed a long-term residency in the world renowned Ars Electronica Futurelab in Austria, and he has upcoming shows in Beijing, Singapore, Madrid and London. The current exhibition consists of 3-D imagery and is divided into landscapes and portraits. The portraits aren't photographs or videos - they're in the new medium of realtime 3-D objects or 'sculptural photography'.

The Panel discusses 'John Gerrard: New Work in New Media'

The Performance: John Feeley
The guitarist John Feeley first made a name for himself in his teens, playing electric guitar. He took a music degree in Trinity College and then studied in America and he now teaches at DIT's Conservatory of Music. He's as well known for contemporary works as the classical repertoire, and he has had many works written for him, among them concertos by Jerome de Bromhead and Brent Parker. This coming Thursday, 29 October, he's playing at the Bank of Ireland in Foster Place at 1.15 - part of the bank's 'Mostly Modern' series of events. Tonight he plays Benjamin Dwyer's 'Cancion para Ella'.

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