Thursday 5 March 2015

Sound of cutlery and chatter muffles speeches at the IFTAs

Published 07/04/2014 | 02:30

Michael Fassbender & Amy Huberman pictured at the Moët & Chandon VIP drinks reception at the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, which took place in the Double Tree by Hilton on Saturday, 5th April. Guests were treated to Moët & Chandon on arrival and at their table to toast the nominees and winners. Photo: Anthony Woods
Michael Fassbender & Amy Huberman pictured at the Moët & Chandon VIP drinks reception at the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, which took place in the Double Tree by Hilton on Saturday, 5th April. Guests were treated to Moët & Chandon on arrival and at their table to toast the nominees and winners. Photo: Anthony Woods
Independent.ie's Laura Butler and Kirsty Blake Knox kissing Colin Farrell
Grainne and Sile Seoige pictured at the IFTAs. They are both wearing a designs from Kerryman Don O'Neill . Picture: Gerry Mooney
Laura Whitmore pictured at the IFTA. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Madeline Mulqueen and Jack Reynor arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Colm Meaney. Picture Tony Gavin
Collette Fitzpatrick. Picture Tony Gavin
Colin Farrell. Picture Tony Gavin
Lorraine Keane. Picture Tony Gavin
Steve Coogan picture Tony Gavin
Miriam O'Callaghan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Killian Scott, Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Laurence Kinlan arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014
Jennifer Maguire arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Nadia Forde Picture Tony Gavin
Amy Hubermann Picture Tony Gavin
Jamie Dornan Picture Tony Gavin
Kathryn Thomas Picture Tony Gavin
Antonia Campbell Hughes Picture Tony Gavin
Angela Scanlon Picture Tony Gavin
Darren Kennedy arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Ciara O'Callaghan Picture Tony Gavin
Keelin Shanly Picture Tony Gavin
Colette Fitzpatrick arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Karen Koster arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Colm Meaney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Peter Coonan and Kim O'Driscoll arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Caoilfhionn Dunne arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Kelly Thornton arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo by KOBPIX
Aoibhinn McGinnity and Lynn Rafferty
Charlie Murphy

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.

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."

Irish Independent

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