The capital’s rockerati were out in force for the launch of January 5-10’s David Bowie Festival, details of which can be found in Music News.
Among those spotted in The Grand Social by The Phantom were Trouble Pilgrims Pete Holidai and Bren Lynott, promoter Andrea
Keogh, Lighthouse cinema programmer
Charlene Lydon, his esteemed Trinity Street colleagues Roisin Dwyer, Pat Carty and Rosie O’Brien, PR personages Kevin Fennell and
Pete Murphy and Mik Artistik who played a killer gig the next night in the venue with his band, Ego Trip.
The Spirit Who Walks doffs his headphones to the designer who’s come up with this year’s Aladdin Sane as Oscar Wilde logo!
Stay tuned to hotpress.com for lots more exciting BowieFest news…
Aidan Gillen’s work schedule becomes even more impossibly hectic with the Dubliner bagging a starring role as astrophysicist and UFO sceptic Dr. J. Allen Hynek in Blue Book, the History Channel’s 10-part delve into X Files territory.
The storylines are based on the US Air Force’s 1950s and ‘60s Project Blue Book examinations of possible extraterrestrial phenomena.
As previously reported by Hot Press, Aidan is also appearing in the eagerly awaited Dave Allen biopic, the new series of Peaky Blinders and the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian
Shooting wrapped last week on Psychic,
Brendan Gleeson’s debut short as a director. It’s a family affair with sons Domhnall and Brian starring alongside their old man in the story of a charismatic psychic who’s forced out of retirement by his manipulative offspring…
Wildcard, the Dublin distribution company who’ve previously handled the likes of The
Secret Scripture and Cardboard Gangsters, have acquired the Irish rights to Lee Cronin’s horror film, The Hole In The Ground.
Shot in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, it stars
Hot Press fave Séana Kerslake who received widespread acclaim for A Date With Mad Mary, Vikings man James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo who impressed in T2 Trainspotting, and
Steve Wall of The Stunning fame.
“Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill (Séana Kerslake) is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey),” we’re informed. “A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.”
The Hole In The Ground will hit screens in 2018. Ms. Kerslake also lines up alongside
Emmet Kirwan in Dublin Old School, the dance music-inclined tale of a drug-fuelled lost weekend in the capital…
Hot on the heels of Katie Taylor winning her first professional world title, WestEnd Films is
lining up deals for Float Like A Butterfly, Irish writer-director Carmel Winters’ drama about a traveller girl who has to fight for her right to box.
Camelot’s Dara Devaney and Ripper Street’s Hazel Doupe share top billing…
Having said a tearful farewell last fortnight to Bryan Dobson, RTÉ have unveiled Keelin
Shanley and Caitriona Perry as co-presenters of the new-look Six One News, commencing in
Perry returns to Dublin after four years as the station’s Washington DC correspondent – a gig that put her in the international spotlight during the summer when she caught Donald Trump’s eye at a press conference. It’s an encounter she recalls in her excellent new tome, In America:
Tales From Trump Country…
The RTÉ bulletins don’t end there with Sharon
Ni Bheolain being confirmed as the new presenter of the Nine O’Clock news
in rotation with Eileen Dunne. The talented broadcaster will also anchor Crimecall…
In the latest round of funding, the BAI has allocated €625,000 to 88 projects throughout the country. Eye-catching ones include Cathal
Funge’s A Brief History of Irish Rock In Seven
Songs and A Mod World (€2,400/€3,700) for Radio Nova; Community Radio Youghal's
What’s The Ska? (€6,800); John O’Shea’s
The St. Patrick’s Day Rebellion (€6,015) for
Newstalk; Life FM’s Gospel Music In Ireland (€3,500); Pavel Barter’s Propped Up (€3,719)
for Newstalk; UCC 98.3’s Community Radio Refugee Awareness Week 2018 (€6,403), and
Paul Wright’s Celebrating Moore Street – The Story Of Dublin’s Market Street (€2,769) for Dublin City FM. Which means lots of quality radio fare to look forward to in the New Year…
Radio Snowflake, which has raised hundreds of thousands for good causes in the past, returns on December 4 for its latest seasonal run, which goes all the way through until Christmas Day. Presenters include
David Baker, John Clayton, DJ Lee, Daphne Mitchell, Ken Oliver and David Dennehy who all cut their teeth on the capital’s ‘70s and
‘80s pirates. Listen in on radiosnowflake.com and via its apps…
The Phantom joined his Hot Flavours colleagues – see page 53 for the foodie rundown – at this year’s Savour Kilkenny food festival, which comprehensively broke its already very impressive attendance record.
Bon mots were shared with food stylist and writer Sharon Hearne Smith whose beehive ‘do was as impressive as the deserts she conjured up on the Marble City Stage;
Russell Alford and Patrick Hanlon, aka the GastroGays, who’ve been cooking up a storm on TV3’s The Six O’Clock Show and are hopefully in the running for their own series; Simon Delaney who’s added ‘food guru’ to his impressive list of achievements; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage mate Steven Lamb (great name for a man who specialises in curing meat!); Carlow Brewing Company lynchpin Seamus O’Hara
and his Irish Craft Beer Festival partner Bruce
Black & White Publishing has bagged the rights to Black Water, the debut gangland novel from Irish Examiner security correspondent Cormac O’Keeffe, which is due in March 2018…
He doesn’t look the type but, at the London launch of his Uncommon Type short stories collection last week, Tom Hanks revealed himself to be a massive Maeve Binchy fan.
“We all went nuts for her,” the Hollywood superstar said. “I read Tara Road, Circle Of
Friends – and I ended up going on a massive Maeve Binchy thing.”
Congratulations to Dundalk stand-up Lisa Casey who was named Irish Comedian of the Year at the hugely successful 2017
Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Galway.
Lisa’s nervous tics and quirks, deliberately awkward silences, and material ranging from online etiquette to mental health, proved a big hit with the Spiegeltent audience in Eyre Square, and marked her as by far the most original of the 12 competing comics. As part of her prize, Lisa will travel to Australia to perform and she also scooped a €2,000 cash prize. The runner-up was Limerick’s Danny Ryan, while the third prize went to Catherine
Bohart, whose exploration of what it means to be a bisexual marked her out as another comedic voice we’re likely to be hearing a lot more of…
Hearty congrats as well to Justin Green
who’s been honoured with Lifetime Membership of the PRII (Public Relations Institute of Ireland). Talking at the bestowal, Institute colleague Tony
O’Brien said Justin has devoted “a huge amount of his time and energy to the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and to advancing the profession of public relations in this country and, indeed, internationally. He is, in fact, the longest serving member of National Council, spending over 15 years on Council. Over the years he has served with great distinction in many roles, from Treasurer all the way to President and, indeed, he currently holds the position of Vice-President.”
The founder and MD of Wide Awake Communications, Green has worked on campaigns for such major artists as U2, Beyoncé, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Coldplay and last year authored the Let’s Celebrate report on the Cultural and Economic Contribution of Live Entertainment Events in Ireland.
Norn Iron readers who missed the excellent
Crusaders: Keeping The Faith documentary have up until November 24 to rectify that on the BBC Player. A season in the life of the evangelically inclined North Belfast club, it shows the sacrifices semi-professional players, and their loyal band of supporters, make to keep the footballing show on the road. It being four years since Setanta documemted the tragic demise of Monaghan United in Return Of The
Mod Squad, we reckon it’s time that somebody turned the cameras on a League Of Ireland side again…
Following l2016’s successful pilot, Sharon
Horgan and ex-Hot Press man Graham Linehan returned to BBC2 at 10pm last Tuesday with a full series of their extremely chucklesome
It was Irish Celeb Central last week as Conor
McGregor’s Notorious documentary premiered in Dublin’s Savoy Cinema. Joining The Phantom on the red carpet were Lisa Cannon, Roz
Purcell, Imelda May, McGregor and his partner Dee Devin, and his fellow MMA stars Artem
Lobov, Owen Roddy and John Kavanagh. The Phantom was deeply saddened by the death last fortnight of Simon Fitzmaurice, the Wicklow filmmaker who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2008. Despite his illness, he went on to direct the acclaimed My
Name Is Emily, and in 2014 published his It’s Not Yet Dark memoir, which detailed his struggles with the condition. Roe McDermott pays tribute in this issue's Movies.