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Live Podcast Recording Tonight at Filmbase: Diversity in the Film Community
03 Jul 2017 : Katie McNeice
As part of Film Ireland’s InConversation series, the live podcast will record tonight Moday July 3rd, at 18:30 in Filmbase. The panel features actor/writers John Connors (Cardboard Gangsters) and Amanda Doherty (Poppi + Gonzo) and writer Mary Duffin (All About Eve).

All are welcome to the event which is moderated by moderated by actor/writer Sam Lucas Smith (Imperfect Sky).

This live podcast will explore diversity in the Irish Film Community, with regards representation of various viewpoints and backgrounds. The discussion will focus on how our film industry can extend working and training opportunities across the social spectrum, thus tackling the obstacles at grassroots level.

John Connors
John Connors is an actor, screen writer, filmmaker and activist from Coolock, North Dublin. He’s also a part of the travelling community. He studied in the Abbey School of Acting. His first role was in Mark O’Connor’s 2011 film King of the Travellers. His most notable acting role to date was playing Patrick Ward in the award-winning RTÉ crime drama Love/Hate, for which he received a 2014 IFTA nomination. He has worked in over 20 film, television and documentary productions. John can currently be seen in cinemas in Cardboard Gangsters, which he co-wrote with Mark O’Connor.

Amanda Doherty
Amanda Doherty is an actor, artist, and activist from Derry City, Ireland. Reviewed as both “an actor of tremendous depth, subtlety, and animal physicality” and “one of Ireland’s foremost young actors”, Amanda trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, and Lucid Body House, New York, before studying for an MA in Film at Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked for stage and screen for several years.

Amanda is currently in development for her solo show ‘Hear Much//Say Little’; a project which she initially started work on while representing Ireland at the Biennial of Emerging Artists, Romania, which has since had a work-in-progress showing in Stockholm and is due to tour in early 2018.

Mary Duffin
Mary Duffin is a dramatist who is passionate about drama & story in all its forms. Her varied work ranges from street to stage to screen. In street theatre, Mary is an experienced director, performer, choreographer & event manager for both private companies and community projects.

On stage, Mary is an actor, writer, director and, most importantly, a Theatre Of The Oppressed & group-work expert. For screen, Mary received first class honours in her MA in Scriptwriting from IADT and received the National Film School/ Irish Playwright’s & Screenwriter’s Guild Award for Screenwriting and is currently a board member of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland. She was nominated for the 2015 JDIFF Cine TALENT Award for co-writing the feature film ‘All About Eva’.

Sam Lucas Smith
Sam Lucas Smith is a BA Hons graduate of the MMU School of Theatre. He went on to train under the mentorship of leading directors, including Kirsten Sheridan and Lance Daly as part of the Bow Street Screen Acting Programme and he recently graduated from Dublin’s IADT National Film School with an MA in Screenwriting. He has further experience in improvisation and comedy, having trained at the renowned Upright Citizen’s Brigade theatre in LA and the Soho Theatre comedy school in London.

Sam’s previous film and television credits include Vikings and numerous Irish and BBC drama productions. He was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the Sydney International Film Festival for his work as Abel in the Imperative Pictures feature Imperfect Sky and his upcoming work includes the Irish thriller feature film Killers Within and he will be seen as James in the Filmbase feature film Writing Home.

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