Due to circumstances beyond our control Eimear Ennis Graham is unable to take part this evening. However Mia Mullarkey will be discussing her work - Mia is a Film Director and runs ISHKA FILMS. We're sorry for any inconvenience caused and eternally grateful to Mia for standing in at such short notice.
Deirdre O’Toole is a lecturer in the National Film School of Ireland, IADT. She lectures on the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production and BA (Hons) New Media Studies. As a cinematographer, she has shot feature documentaries, music videos, and dramas. Her work has won awards at The Cork International Film Festival, NIKON ‘I am a Music Video’ Award, and The Radar Music Video Awards. Her work has played at the Raindance Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Berlin Music Video Awards and received honorable mention from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
Deirdre’s first documentary, Faraway Land, was in competition as part of the Irish Film Institute's Documentary Festival, Panorama Film Festival, Egypt and the Belfast Film Festival. Her second documentary and photography project Immersionhas played in galleries in Ireland, Europe, and America including The Kerry Film Festival, On Art Film Festival in Poland, and The Saranac Gallery in Washington, and will play in the Turchin Centre for the Arts, North Carolina in 2019.
Mia Mullarkey is an award-winning film director and founder of Ishka Films. Her film 'Throwline', a short documentary about Irish taxi drivers trained in suicide prevention, won numerous awards world-wide including Best Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2017. Her short documentary 'Feats of Modest Valour', co-directed with Alice McDowell, looks at a new potential cure for Parkinson's Disease and won the prestigious Scientist Award at Imagine Science 2017 awarded by Nobel Laureate Professor Martin Chalfe. Mia's most recent short documentary, 'Mother & Baby', explores the memories of Mother & Baby Home survivors who were sold or fostered out by the Irish church and state if their mothers conceived them out of wedlock. 'Mother & Baby' was funded by the Irish Film Board and premiered at Cork Film Festival 2017 where it won Best Short Documentary