The DVD of 32A is now available for purchase.








So is it cloudy or bright?



Depends where you’re looking really. That’s the Film Board’s Galway offices in the building on the lower right of that picture. We were in Galway recently for the Galway Film Fleadh. We had some great pitching sessions, it felt good to get out there again...

The industry has a lot of challenges facing it internationally and locally too, given the pressure on government spending. The Board had organised a timely round table discussion called The Real Deal focussing on the impact and implications of digital distribution in the future of film. This follows on from discussion by Mark Gill in LA last year and James Stern this year on the absence of a clear model for a financial future for film makers or distributors. This is of course exactly the same discourse that has already been played out in the music business.

Quite a bit of debate focussed on theatrical distribution and whether independent cinema can survive.

That’s something that I think each of us answers every time we go to a cinema. We sit in that space, where people gather as a group and sit in the dark, to a flickering light, and pay quiet attention as a story unfolds. For me, that space is mythic, deep in our psyche, it’s a fundamental part of being a human.

Given digital options, given that people have a choice whether to download for free at home or go out and pay, the question for theatrical becomes just this... Can it be re-invented so as the experience of it is great, truly great?

Apple have shown that if the experience is great it can work. Enough people, when they have a choice between dodgy and free or easy and paid, will choose easy and paid for a viable business model. The question is not whether theatrical distribution will endure for independent cinema, the question actually is, how great an experience are we providing? How can we improve it? How can we make it truly great?

For us here in Janey, the sky is definitely brightening. For us, the answers lie in being small and nimble, developing great projects, and working in new innovative ways, building and engaging audiences in a rich and deep manner. As film makers it is when we sit with audiences in the dark and go with them on the films journey, sensing them rise and fall with the story. Or when we read their emails, twitter posts, or YouTube comments that the work ultimately becomes rewarding. For us it’s all about the audience. We seek to embrace digital technologies, which will come as no surprise to those who know us. And we’re planning some exciting projects which focus on audiences over the coming months.

New clips and stuff

You mightn’t notice the new links on the left... so I thought I’d point out the new page of clips from 32A. We’ve also added some new stills from 32A. and (finally...) a page of quotes from the lovely reviews we’ve received.

Thirteen Redux

Good news if you’re in New York and want to catch 32A. It’s screening this Saturday, July 4th, Independence Day, on PBS, Channel 13, at 11:15PM. Just the thing after a long day at a barbeque, and you finally retreat to your sofa... If you’re going to be later than that, you can catch it at 2:35AM very early Sunday Morning :-)

There’s some nice comments via the link above from people who caught 32A on PBS last time. We enjoyed all the Twitter activity that time too, so we will tune in again for that.

Best Movies by Farr: 32A from Reel 13 on Vimeo.


Jim Farr on Thirteen gives pointers to other Irish movies he likes after his intro to 32A.

It's a German Thing...



32A opened last weekend to great reviews in Germany. That’s the poster for the German release.

ExBerliner, the principal English language magazine said “
The story's beauty lies in its simplicity. Quinn is as unpretentious as she is professional, portraying a series of recognizable situations that are bound to make viewers smile and sigh at the resurrection of childhood memories.”. The full review is here.

Initially it screens in Berlin and Frankfurt and then going to other venues. 32A will also open a series of films which tour schools in Germany called (ahem) Britfilms.

An oldie but...


A goodie... A very belated and happy congrats to our Director of Photography, PJ Dillon on his IFTA Award for Cinematography for his work on 32A. A gifted, talented man in many regards, his own debut feature is due soon. We’d worked with PJ in New York on Marian’s first film. He’s also shot two other short films we’ve produced which Pat and Joe Walker have directed. He really did stellar work on 32A and we were thrilled he got it. And I know it meant a lot to PJ to receive it from Chris Doyle, the incredible cinematographer, who delighted in keeping RTE on their toes, I can tell you.

Back again...

Clouds over Lough Key

Okay. All those warnings about backing up your HD... they’re true folks. We had a big old crash this Spring and it’s taken some time to get everything back up and running. We had moved out of our studio at the Model Arts Centre but not fully into our new luxurious, eh, shed in the back garden, and had for a whole year, stepped away from our usual, very responsible backup routine. And Murphy’s law being what it is... Yikes.

All of which is thankfully over now. One of the things we lost was the ability to frequently update our site, so apologies for the absence of news. We’ve managed to reconstruct everything locally and can now move on. So, onto some updates....

Flurry of Festivals coming up

Okay... a flurry of festivals are coming up.

For Valentines... straight after the IFTAs, (of which more anon...) the
Glasgow Film Festival on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th, which we will be attending.

Then all in and around St. Patrick’s Day

- New York at the
Craic Festival, on Friday 13th.

- San Francisco at the
Irish Film Festival,

- The
Women’s Film Festival in Vermont

We’re also screening in the
Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford as part of their Spring Season on Sunday 15th March.

Oh... then there's... the IFTAs...

Well, fantastic news really. 32A is shortlisted for Best Feature in this years IFTA awards, which is very nice. Thanks guys.

The other good news to report is that our wonderful Director of Photography, PJ Dillon is nominated for Best Cinematography and he is in with an excellent chance, his work has been widely praised since our film launched.

Also, our wonderful Costume Designer, Driscoll Calder,is nominnated. She did such a marvellous job, came in under budget on a tiny budget, a huge cast, and a period film. The woman’s not only talented, she’s amazing.

Channel 13 / WNET


There’s something about bring on Thirteen/WNET that gives us no small amount of pleasure. It was definitely the principal television channel we watched during our time in NYC. It’s one of the things we miss most about being over here. Thankfully we get to watch the ever excellent Charlie Rose online and we buy quite a few of the shows on iTunes but we still miss our Thirteen.

So it gives us a lot of pleasure to say that on Saturday 14th, PBS viewers in the city... you can watch 32A in the metropolitan area. We’re screening as part of their
Reel13 programme.

Spring Festivals

Okay... a flurry of festivals are coming up.

For Valentines... straight after the IFTAs, (of which more anon...) the
Glasgow Film Festival on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th, which we will be attending.

Then all in and around St. Patrick’s Day

- New York at the
Craic Festival, on Friday 13th.

- San Francisco at the
Irish Film Festival,

- The
Women’s Film Festival in Vermont

We’re also screening in the
Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford as part of their Spring Season on Sunday 15th March.
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