Sound of cutlery and chatter muffles speeches at the IFTAs
THE Irish Film and Television Academy have blamed the poor sound quality during the transmission of the 11th annual ceremony on the acoustics.
The showbiz party was filmed in the main ballroom at the at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin 4 and transmitted on RTE One two hours later.
Viewers were quick to complain about the sound quality and with good reason; cutlery could be heard scraping off plates during acceptance speeches and guests' conversation muffled the presenters' intros and outros.
"Acoustics in the room created difficulties for the sound engineers," an IFTA spokesperson told the Irish Independent. "And technical delays caused a knock-on effect to the evening's schedule."
RTE was yesterday eager to clarify they it had no input into either the filming or production of the awards.
"RTE transmitted the IFTAs but was not involved in the production of the programme," an RTE spokeswoman said. "So we were not responsible for the production quality.
"RTE recognises the challenges involved in filming an elaborate awards ceremony.
"But we plan on discussing the issues with the Irish Film and Television Academy to avoid them happening in the future," the spokeswoman said.
Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan and Michael Fassbender were the biggest names to attend the ceremony but all left shortly after the final credits rolled. Fassbender brought his parents to the party and said it was always a joy to return home.
"I don't get home as much as I'd like. Hopefully in the future there'll be more to do here, I'm working on that," he said.
Fassbender's next film project 'Trespass Against Us' will see him relocate closer to home for the shoot.
Shot in the UK, the movie will focus on a Traveller family who live as outlaws; hunting hares, ram-raiding stately homes and enraging the local police. Fassbender will take on the lead role of Chad Cutler alongside Brendan Gleeson and Killian Scott.
Michael recently completed production on 'Macbeth' with Jack Reynor.
"It has an amazing director and great cast, so it was a privilege to work with such great people," he said.
"The crew was absolutely amazing too because we were out in that crazy cold weather all through January and February in Scotland. It was horizontal hailstones."