Women In Film and Television Ireland present In Conversation with director Aisling Walsh as part of their Masterclass series. Aisling Walsh’s MAUDIE has crossed the $1-million threshold at the Canadian box office. The drama about Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, will be released here in July and across the US in June.
“MAUDIE is a film made by women — from producers to screenwriter to director to star — with a story about a woman, and that in itself is a bit of a miracle,” said Mary Young, one of the three female producers for the film.
Over the last two decades, Walsh has cemented a reputation as one of Ireland’s pre-eminent filmmakers in both feature film and television formats. Her celebrated work as a writer and director includes some of the most recognised Irish films in recent years, including MAUDIE (2016) and SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY (2003), as well as DAISY CHAIN (2007) and JOYRIDERS (1988).
Her long and illustrious history of working with the BBC has produced some lauded TV, including AN INSPECTOR CALLS (2015), A POET IN NEW YORK (2014) ROOM AT THE TOP (2013) WALLANDER (2012) FINGERSMITH (2005) SINNERS (2002). Walsh has won three BAFTA television awards.
Walsh’s celebration of the isolated and marginalised have seen her move with effortless ease between both the film and television mediums, long before current trends. From graduating in Fine Art at the now Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology to becoming the first Irish graduate of the National Film School at Beaconsfield in the UK, Walsh has carved a rich and exciting career known for her political and thought-provoking social commentary, and is considered one of Ireland’s most celebrated filmmakers.
Walsh’s career has seen her collaborate with some of the most distinguished and accomplished actors working today, including Aidan Quinn, Kenneth Branagh, Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Tom Hiddleston, Alfred Molina, Tom Hollander, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Iain Glen and Helen McCrory. Cinematographers such as Martin Fuhrer, Guy Godfree, Lukas Strebel, and editors Alex Mackie and Stephen O’Connell.
Writing and Directing for Screen
Monday 29th May 2017, 6-9PM
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Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT.I) is a voluntary organisation established in 2014. It is a branch of Women in Film and Television International, a foundation promoting greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera, with a membership of over thirteen thousand professionals worldwide. The Irish branch is run by film and TV professionals of international standing. The committee members represent the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector.