IFTA-winning editor Nathan Nugent has worked across a plethora of film and TV projects, including the IFTA Award-winning feature ‘As If I Am Not There’ and Lenny Abrahamson’s internationally acclaimed feature film ‘What Richard Did’ for which he won the IFTA Editing award in 2013.
This year Nathan has had 3 Irish films released in the cinema, all to very positive reviews: “Kelly & Victor”, “Run & Jump” and the sundance accepted latest from Lenny Abrahamson “Frank”
We are delighted to welcome Nathan to our latest In Conversation event taking place on Wednesday 14th May at 8:00pm in the Brooks Hotel on Drury street, Dublin. On the night Nathan will be joined by Sound Designer Steve Fanagan and Sound Supervisor Niall Brady. The 3 lads have worked together frequently and most recently on Frank, which is of course in cinemas now and well worth seeing. So please do.
In advance of our chat on wednesday lets take a quick look at some highlights from Nathan’s back catalogue.
Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
RUN & JUMP
An American doctor travels to Ireland to study the Casey family after 38-year-old Conor suffers a stroke which changes his personality, leaving dynamo wife and mother Vanetia to run the show.
Set in the Bronx, BABYGIRL is a bitter-sweet drama about teenager LENA who, since she can remember, has watched her mom LUCY squander her life on a series of deadbeat men. When VICTOR, her mom’s latest boy toy, starts hitting on her Lena sets up an elaborate honey-trap, hoping to show her mom what a scumbag the guy really is. But the plan backfires. Trapped in a twisted love-triangle between Victor and her mom, Lena finally realizes that the only way out is to stand up and finally confront some difficult home truths.
WHAT RICHARD DID
What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until in one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.
A naive young Irishman starts a relationship with a sexy call girl; and together they hatch a plan to open a brothel using the proceeds from the farm he recently inherited.
AS IF IM NOT THERE
A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson’s drama is taken from true stories revealed during the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Samira is a modern schoolteacher in Sarajevo who takes a job in a small country village just as the war is beginning to ramp up. When Serbian soldiers overrun the village, shoot the men and keep the women as laborers (the older ones) and sex objects (the younger ones), Samira is subjected to the basest form of treatment imaginable.
Documentary looking at the untold story of big-wave surfing in Ireland.
ROG – The Ronan O’Gara Documentray
Intense, unflinching, at times painfully honest – just like the man himself. This feature-length documentary provides unprecedented access to Ronan O’Gara’s life – public and private – over the final four years of his playing career. The film is a deeply personal chronicle of this dramatic period for one of Ireland’s most compelling sporting stars. From losing his place as Ireland’s rugby No 10 to his decision to retire and move to France as coach to Racing Métro 92, alongside former nemesis, Jonathan Sexton.
PART 2 – PART 3 – PART 4 – PART 5 – PART 6
Directed by Steve Carson this documentary charts the secret intelligence war going on behind the scenes of the war of independence
REACHING FOR GLORY: INSIDE IRISH RUGBY 2007
PART 2 – PART 3 – PART 4
for the first time ever, RTÉ cameras were given unprecedented access to the Irish rugby team’s preparations for their RBS 6 Nations campaign as they followed the team over five months through the autumn internationals, their winter training camp in Portugal and Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations matches. As the team went on to win their third Triple Crown in four years, this specially commissioned one hour documentary gives an insightful view of all the action, both on and off the pitch.
From the same team who made The Dubs and Brian Kerr documentaries Reaching for Glory: Inside Irish Rugby ’07 offers never before seen footage with an exclusive view of team talks, squad training sessions and the team bus, as well as a fly-on-the-wall view of the dressing room action during Ireland’s historic home matches at Croke Park. The programme also gives a revealing perspective of manager Eddie O’Sullivan who is renowned for his cool and calm appearance.
SHUTDOWN: THE STORY OF THE ULSTER WORKERS STRIKE
IFTA nominated documentary examining the Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) Strike against the power-sharing Executive and the Sunningdale Agreement during The Troubles. Includes contemporary film clips of the Loyalist protests and interviews with the leaders at that time including Jim Smyth, Stan Orme, Gerry Fitt, John Laird, John Hume, Bob Pagel, and Brain Garrett. The bombing of Dublin and Monaghan on 17 May 1974 is also discussed. Declassified official papers reveal for the first time what was happening behind the scenes.
DAN & BECS
After a fight in Club 92, Dan and Becs recall how they first met, six months earlier, in the same nightclub under less than ideal circumstances. Dan & Becs is an Irish comedy television series aired on RTÉ Two. It portrays the lives of an affluent South Dublin couple, intercutting the video diaries of the pair as they discuss their tumultuous relationship, blossoming careers, and the perils of living life on Dublin’s Southside. Through all the chaos, Dan and Becs have at least one reliable constant in their lives an overwhelming sense of self-importance.
SARAH & STEVE
SARAH & STEVE is a comedy from the makers of DAN & BECS which intercuts the video diaries of the two main characters as they discuss their struggling relationship, stagnant careers, and the unavoidable drama of an average night out in Tallaght.
THE BIG BOW WOW
Drama featuring an irreverent group of 6 girls and guys in their mid-20s, who share the same apartment building – and the same ‘Super Pub’, named ‘The Big Bow Wow’.
As well as Nathan we are pleased to have sound designer Steve Fanagan and sound supervisor Niall Brady
Steve lives in Dublin, Ireland where he works as an IFTA winning Sound Designer, Sound Editor, and Sound Re-recording Mixer for Film/Televison at Ardmore Sound and Screenscene, Ireland’s premiere Sound and Picture Post Production Facilities. Over the years, he has worked on a wide variety of Irish and international productions. His credits include “Frank”, “Miss Julie”, “The Last Days on Mars”, “Coming Home”, “The Sea”, “Under The Hood”, “Citadel”, “What Richard Did”, “Stitches”, “Good Vibrations”, “Game of Thrones”, “Albert Nobbs”, “The Guard”, “One Hundred Mornings”, “Five Minutes of Heaven”.
Niall started working in Screen Scene as an assistant picture editor but has specialized in audio editing for drama since 2001. In 2005 Niall won an IFTA for his sound editing/ design work on “Pure Mule”. Over recent years he has supervised the sound editing and design on a range of diverse projects including TV drama, feature films, documentaries, short films and commercials. His credits include “Frank”, “Raw”, “Zonad”, “Citadel”, “What Richard Did”, “Game of Thrones”, “Albert Nobbs”, “Garage”, “When Harvey Met Bob”, “Once”, “Prosperity”, “The Guard”, “Mister John”