The Female Voice - As we move past the cliches and tropes of old, it’s never been a better time to look at the complex characterization of women onscreen. Will we experience a true paradigm shift in appreciation of the female voice within cinema?
Lecturer / WFT Council Member
Dr. Susan Liddy lectures in the Department of Media and Communication Studies in Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick. Her research interests and publications relate primarily to gender issues in the Irish film industry; the work of Irish female writers/directors and representations of older women in film.
Susan is active in the promotion of women in the Irish film industry. She has organized two international colloquia in MIC: Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre in 2016 and New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries in 2017 which attracted representatives of the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Writers Guild, Screen Directors Guild, RTE, TG4, Screen Training Ireland, independent producers, screenwriters, directors and crew. were among the attendees at both events. International speakers included Anna Serner, the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute Melissa Silverstein Women in Hollywood and Caroline Norbury CEO Creative England.
She has co-organized public debates about gender equality in the film industry at the Galway Film Fleadh; See it -Be it! Putting Women in the Picture (2016) and Building Momentum: The Road to Gender Equality (2017). In September 2017 she was part of the organizing team for an event spearheaded by Creative Europe Ireland entitled Balancing the Industry: The European Perspective which focused on the Swedish and Croatian experience for female screenwriters, directors and producers.
She is Chair of the Equality Action Committee (EAC) representing the Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) and the Screen Directors’ Guild of Ireland (SDGI) on matters of equality. She is a council member of Women in Film and Television Ireland (Wft) and a board member of the Writers Guild of Ireland.
Director / Editor
Director Emer Reynolds is an Emmy nominated multi-award winning documentary director and feature film editor, based in Dublin, Ireland.
THE FARTHEST, her feature documentary on the trail-blazing Voyager spacecraft, described by Screen Daily as “ cathartic and moving .. the right film at the right time”, made its debut at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, where it picked up three awards including the Audience Award and Best Irish Documentary, and has just had its International Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Writer / Director
Rebecca Daly studied Theatre and English Literature at Trinity College, and then completed an MA in Film (DIT) Her first feature film, The Other Side Of Sleep, was selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Residency and premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second feature, Mammal premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2016). Good Favour is her 3rd feature, it had its world premiere at TIFF (2017).Find Out More
Writer / Director
Oonagh Kearney is an award-winning film writer and director based between London and Cork.
Oonagh has written and directed one full-length documentary and nine short films with the support of the Irish Arts Council, Irish Film Board, RTE, TG4, BRITDOC and The Wellcome Trust. Her work has screened globally at film festivals around the world, at institutes like the ICA, BFI, IFI, Big Screen Plaza in NYC and as part of the 2014 Art on the London Underground Series. Her work has been broadcast and distributed on TV, via online platforms such as the RTE and TG4 iplayer, and via dvd distribution with Aesthetica magazine and Tenderpixels Gallery in London.
As a director of screendance, Oonagh has collaborated with choreographers Cindy Cummings, Megan Kennedy and Jessica Kennedy. Her short film Her Mother’s Daughters screened at over seventy international festivals and won seven awards. Her 2012 Reel Art film Wonder House took an experimental approach to the exploration of art and science by combining choreographic sequences with documentary interviews. Nominated for Best Emerging International Filmmaker, Oonagh was awarded special mention at The London Open City Docs Festival in 2013.
Writer / Director
Louise Bagnall has directed a number of short films including Donkey (2009), Loose Ends (2012) and most recently Late Afternoon (2017). In addition to directing Louise works as a storyboarder and character designer. She is a Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon and is based in Kilkenny, Ireland.Find Out More
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