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McMahon gives insight into bringing script to life

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER ADDRESSES WORKSHOP

JOHN MANNING

Published 06/11/2012 | 10:09

MALAHIDE Castle was the venue on Sunday for a workshop aimed at providing an insight on how a film script gets from the page to the screen.

It was all part of the Fingal Writers' Festival, Writing 3.0 and the workshop was hosted by award-winning filmmaker, Terry McMahon with guest speakers from the Irish Film Board. Writer and director of Charlie Casanova, Terry McMahon has been awarded the RKO Pictures Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Prize in Cannes and Los Angeles, the Tiernan McBride Screenwriting Award, and selected for the Tribeca Film Festival All Access Program. He was commissioned to write the screenplays Soul Cages for Daryl Hannah, Swordland and Cancer Cowboy for Paddy Breathnach, Savage for Valerie Red Horse, Slice for Richie Smith, Fear for Robert Pejo, and, co-written with Mark O'Rowe, Sisk for Brian O'Malley, along with the original spec screenplays, Simple Simon, The Dancehall Bitch, Oliver Twisted, and The War Room. Terry has a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Screenwriting from IADT, and has worked as a guest lecturer on Acting and Writing at DIT and IADT, The John Huston Film School, and Trinity College, Dublin.

On its release, Charlie Casanova divided audiences and critics alike. Its controversial plot alienated many but engaged many more. Sarah Dillon was also a contributor to the workshop. She is a Production and Development Co-ordinator with Bord Scannán na h Éireann/Irish Film Board. She joined the Irish Film Board in 2006 as the Production and Development Co-ordinator after working for the Irish Film and Television Awards. Alongside the Development Executive, her role involves the assessment of projects for funding, managing the Board's development slate as well as being responsible for all contractual and budgetary arrangements for all development projects including features, documentaries and animations. Sarah has over five years' film experience in the film industry and holds an MA in English Literature and a BA in Media, Communications and English.

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