Dubliner has part in Lordi hor­ror

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Busy young Dublin ac­tress Do­minique McEl­lig­ott was in Helsinki this week for the world pre­miere of Dark Floors, a Fin­nish hor­ror film in which she stars with heavy metal band Lordi, who won the 2006 Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test.

While in sec­ondary school, McEl­lig­ott landed the re­cur­ring role of Cora, the re­bel­lious daugh­ter of the Sean McGin­ley char­ac­ter, in the RTÉ se­ries, On Home Ground. Since then, she has fea­tured in Harry Hook’s Su­dan-set TV mini-se­ries, Whiskey Echo. She also joins Amy Hu­ber­man and Adam Fer­gus in Rick Larkin’s Satel­lites and Me­te­orites, and Adrien Lester and Rus­sell Tovey in Be­ing Hu­man. And she has just been cast op­po­site Sam Rock­well in Moon.

A placed called home in Mos­ney

Seav­iew, a fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary set to have its world pre­miere at the Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val next Wed­nes­day night, charts the ex­pe­ri­ences of asy­lum seek­ers liv­ing in the for­mer But­lin’s hol­i­day camp at Mos­ney while they await the out­come of their ap­pli­ca­tions.

Nicky Go­gan, who di­rected the film with Paul Row­ley, says: “It’s in­cred­i­ble to see this familiar set­ting now used for a dif­fer­ent pur­pose. The res­i­dents of Mos­ney each have their own story to tell, from the tragic to the heart-warm­ing.”

Writ­ers may call it a day

Af­ter three months on strike, the mem­bers of the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica will meet in New York and Los An­ge­les to­mor­row to dis­cuss pro­pos­als that may well bring an end to the dis­pute. The meet­ing, which will be fol­lowed by the an­nounce­ment of the guild’s an­nual screen­play awards, comes just eight days be­fore the Os­cars cer­e­mony.

Ker­ry­man brings Ba­con to Ber­lin

John Flahive has left the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute (BFI) af­ter 19 years to set up his own sales com­pany, Wave­length Films, which will han­dle art­house re­leases and doc­u­men­taries. The Ker­ry­man is at the Ber­lin fes­ti­val with his first project, Ba­con’s Arena, a doc­u­men­tary on Francis Ba­con set for DVD re­lease in 2009, the cen­te­nary of the Ir­ish painter’s birth.

Coin­ci­den­tally, while work­ing as film sales man­ager at the BFI, Flahive han­dled John May­bury’s 1998 film, Love Is the Devil, star­ring Derek Ja­cobi as Ba­con and Daniel Craig as his lover, Ge­orge


The place to be if you’re a short

Along with seek­ing out dis­cov­er­ies at this week’s Cler­mont-Fer­rand Short Film Fes­ti­val in France, Mick Han­ni­gan and Una Feely of the Cork Film Fes­ti­val are pro­mot­ing Ir­ish shorts there. The event is the most im­por­tant in the world for short films, and the Cork or­gan­is­ers have cu­rated a DVD of 13 new Ir­ish ti­tles, which will be dis­trib­uted to in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val pro­gram­mers and film buy­ers.

Conor Fer­gu­son’s The Wed­nes­days is show­ing in com­pe­ti­tion at the fes­ti­val, which is also screen­ing Ken Wardrop’s Use­less Dog.

3D tweener mints money for Dis­ney

The tongue-twist­ingly ti­tled Han­nah Mon­tana & Mi­ley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Con­cert sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions by top­ping the US box-of­fice chart last week­end. It took more than $31 mil­lion, even though it’s only play­ing in 683 US cine­mas equipped for dig­i­tal 3D.

Mi­ley Cyrus is a 15-year-old TV per­former who plays her­self and her al­ter ego, Han­nah Mon­tana.

Tar­get­ing tween girls as its pri­mary au­di­ence, Dis­ney clev­erly re­leased the movie as coun­ter­pro­gram­ming to the Su­per Bowl, and as a lim­ited seven-day re­lease, which not sur­pris­ingly has now been ex­tended. The film opens here on March 14th.

Francis Ba­con doc­u­men­tary set for next year

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