In Focus: John Wilson


On Tuesday 20th September next we welcome John Wilson to the latest in our In Conversation events. We will be discussing his career in film and television, his approach to editing and his long collaboration with director Peter Greenaway. Tickets are €10: to apply please email with John Wilson in the subject line. As always, one ticket per application.

One of Britain’s leading film editors, John Wilson’s films include Billy Elliot (2000), The History Boys (2006) The Book Thief (2013), London Road (2014) and Me Before You (2016).

Billy Elliot gained 13 BAFTA and three Oscar nominations including a BAFTA and an ACE Eddie nomination for Best Film Editing. Following this US nomination, John was invited to join American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Television dramas have included Henry V and 13 episodes of ITV’s Downton Abbey, gaining him nominations for a BAFTA, two Emmys and an Eddie, as well as winning him two HPA awards.

Lets take a closer look at some of his past work

Downton Abbey

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

John Wilson has become one of the most sought after film editors working in the UK. Lets take a look at some of the films he has cut over the years. He is perhaps also well known for his ten year collaboration with Peter Greenaway. You can see more about their work together at the bottom of this post, including an opportunity to watch some rare Greenaway films on which they both worked.

Me Before You – 2016

A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.

London Road – 2015

London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.

The Book Thief – 2013

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

From Time to Time – 2009

A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

The History Boys – 2006

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

Billy Elliot – 2000

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

The Debt Collector – 1999

Mean, gritty, dirty and low and that’s just the Policeman Gary Keltie (Ken Stott) out for retribution for the horrendous crimes against the helpless people of Edinburgh during the nineteen seventies, by notorious, torturous, and killer, debt collector Nickie Dryden (Billy Connolly)

Resseruction Man – 1998

Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into madness.

Young Soul Rebels

Set in London in 1977, the plot takes place against the background of the Silver Jubilee. This is a buddy movie between two friends Chris and Caz who run a pirate radio station from a tower block in Dalston, East London.


His collaboration with Peter Greenaway goes as far back as two short films about designers Zandra Rhodes and Terence Conran in 1981 but came to national prominence in 1982

The Draughtsman’s Contract – 1982

Mr. Neville, a cocksure young artist is contracted by Mrs. Herbert, the wife of a wealthy landowner, to produce a set of twelve drawings of her husband’s estate, a contract which extends much further than either the purse or the sketchpad. The sketches themselves prove of an even greater significance than supposed upon the discovery of the body of Mr. Herbert.

The Sea in their Blood – 1983 (Watch Full Film)

This is an astounding documentary film showing (and describing to us) what it is like to be beside the sea in Britain. The film was started in 1976 and shelved for a while, then completed in 1983. Greenaway offers us an eclectic array of images related to the sea – boats, slides of fish, photographs, huge waves crashing against the rocks, piers, Blackpool Tower, lighthouses – while a narrator describes a mind-boggling set of statistics and information of the British Coastline.

Four American Composers – 1983 – (Watch Full Film)

Documentary on four of the most interesting American composers of that time.
Really interesting stuff for anyone interested in Music or creativity..
You can watch all four episodes in full here
Meredith Monk

Philip Glass

Robert Ashley

John Cage

Making A Splash – 1984 – (Watch Full Film)

Peter Greenaway’s celebration of water, and the human relationship with it, choreographed to Michael Nyman music and culminating with a synchronised swimming sequence!

A Zed and two Noughts – 1985

Identical twins Oliver and Oswald Deuce lose their wives in a car crash caused by a white swan. The brothers, who are zoologists, become obsessed with the death and decay of animals. They both have a relationship with Alba, the driver of the crashed car, who loses first one leg then the other. When Alba dies, the twins film their own death.

The Belly of an Architect – 1987

An American architect arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibition for a French architect, Boullée, who is famous for his oval structures. Through the course of 9 months he becomes obsessed with his belly, suffers severe stomach pains.

The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover – 1989
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband’s restaurant.

Hubert Bals Handshake – short -1989


Nick Emerson: In Focus

IFB funded horror The Hallow was unleashed in cinemas last week (Friday 13th November)
If you have a chance to see it on the big screen it will be perfect preparation for our next In Conversation event, with editor Nick Emerson.

We’ll be hosting Nick on Saturday November 28th in Brooks Hotel. Tickets are €10, it’ll be a 5pm event and if you’d like to attend please email by Friday November 20th.

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Nick started his editing career in television news before moving onto factual TV and documentaries. After ten years working on TV projects and short films he edited his first feature film, Cherrybomb (2009). Since then he has worked on a variety of features, TV drama and feature documentaries. His most recent credits include ‘I am not a serial Killer’ and ‘Lady Macbeth’. He is currently lined-up to work on Corin Hardy’s reboot of ‘The Crow’.

Here we show some examples of his work from his tv work to some of the more high profile films..

A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods. IN CINEMAS NOW…

Irishwoman Mary Reynold’s journey from rank outsider to winner of a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene.

A botched fish market robbery that leads to the involvement of the local police and a gangster out for revenge.

An explosive teenager runs into his equally violent father after being switched to an adult prison from a facility for juveniles. Nick was nominated for an IFTA in 2014

Behold the Lamb is darkly comic road movie that follows Eddie, a fifty year old overweight and depressed accountant and Liz, a young tearaway as they travel across Northern Ireland to pick up a lamb.

Three teenagers go on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shop-lifting and stealing cars that quickly spins beyond their control.

Nick has also edited a whole host of television work for BBC and RTE

This was a 2011 BBC docudrama which depicts a re-enactment of the events surrounding the volcanic eruption which destroyed the island of Thera, an incident believed to have inspired the legend of Atlantis. The hour-long programme is based on the work of leading scientists, archaeologists and historians, and featured Stephanie Leonidas and Reece Ritchie as members of the Bronze age civilisation. The film was narrated by Tom Conti, and made its debut on BBC One on Sunday 8 May 2011

Two part mini-series follows the journeys of two different groups of modern humans as they encounter other human species. The first group encounters Homo erectus and is forced to cross the Thar Desert to reach the sea. The second group encounters Neanderthals in Europe.


A 3-part series which chronicles the 150-year history of Harland & Wolff and the global influence of their work.
Once the greatest shipbuilders in the world, they played a crucial role in two world wars, survived Luftwaffe bombing, the Wall Street crash, and the advent of air travel. Their story is littered with superlatives – a string of world’s first, greatest, biggest and fastest – and of course, they also built a ship called the Titanic.
Presented by Col. Tim Collins and first shown on BBC NI in 2008, the series was later bought by the History Channel in the US.

Duke Special tells the fascinating and poignant story of Belfast-born 1950s vocalist Ruby Murray in the Hardy Pictures documentary ‘Ruby and the Duke’. And this encounter with Ruby’s life and music has inspired Dublin and Cork performances with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as well as a special CD release.

IN PROFILE: Virginia Katz

Dublin Editors are delighted to be welcoming Virginia Katz ACE to Dublin on Saturday June 13th as part of our ongoing in-conversation events.

The talk will take place at 4:00pm in Brooks Hotel on Drury St in the heart of Dublin.
It’s an excellent opportunity to hear about a career that spans twenty five years, and that ranges from Kojak to Dreamgirls.
Email with Assembly.011 as the subject to apply for a ticket.

In preparation for the event, we take a look at some of her career highlights of which there are many…

Virginia Katz

VIRGINIA KATZ (Editor) began her career in editing when she spent the summer working for her father, Sidney M. Katz, an award winning editor best known for his work on “Diary of a Mad Housewife.” Working for her father inspired Virginia to pursue a career in editing. She moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, working on small independent films, larger studio pictures, and television movies and series. Whether exploring human sexuality, martial arts, the Queen of England or the Frankenstein within us, the films Katz has edited have always been provocative and challenging

She has a long standing relationship with the director Bill Condon going back to the tv series Sister Sister and has stayed with him cutting most of his films including



In 2007, Virginia won the EDDIE for best editing of a musical or comedy for her work on this film.




She also edited several episodes of 2 classic American tv series, both produced by JJ Ahbrams



As well as cutting for Bill Condon she has also cut many other notable films




If that wasn’t cool enough, Virginia also spent two years living in England working with Peter Townsend, of the legendary rock band, The Who, helping him establish his archival and educational film studio in London.

In Profile: Nathan Nugent

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.


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 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.


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.


Directed by Steve Carson this documentary charts the secret intelligence war going on behind the scenes of the war of independence


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.

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.



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 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.

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”

IFTA 2014 Editing Nominations


The IFTA awards are on this saturday and there are 2 editing categories. In advance of the show we take a quick look at the nominations. We are pleased to say that we had the pleasure of some of the nominees at our in conversation events over the past 12 months.

Editing in Film and TV Drama

Uná Ní Dhonghaíle – Ripper Street
Uná Ni Dhonghaíle has edited many award winning TV dramas and feature length documentaries. She has been nominated for a BAFTA in Drama Editing twice, once in 2009 for White Girl and in 2013 for Ripper Street. Una received an IFTA nomination for Dr Who in 2012.

Nathan Nugent – Run & Jump
Nathan Nugent has worked as an editor since 1998. Credits include the features As if I Am Not There, Sensation, Run & Jump and What Richard Did, for which he won an IFTA for Best Editing. Recently he edited the film Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, which will be released later in 2014. He was also the co-director and editor of ROG: The Ronan O’Gara Story which is nominated in the best sports category this year.

Emer Reynolds – Here Was Cuba
Emer Reynolds, a triple-IFTA-winning film editor, is based in Dublin, Ireland. Emer has won IFTAs for Timbuktu in 2003, Channel 4’s Shameless in 2004 and My Brothers in 2011. Here Was Cuba is her third collaboration with Crossing The Line, following the multi-award winning Broken Tail and The Secret Life of the Shannon.

Emer took part in our first In Conversation event last October. For a more detailed look at her career, please check out our Emer Reynolds In Profile post which we did in advance of that

Nick Emerson, Jake Roberts – Starred Up
Nick started his editing career in television news before moving onto factual TV and documentaries. After ten years working on TV projects and short films he edited his first feature film, Cherrybomb starring Rupert Grint. Recent drama credits include Nick Nickleby for the BBC, Whole Lotta Sole, and punk biopic Good Vibrations.

Editing for Television

Mick Mahon – John Sheahan: A Dubliner
Mick Mahon – We Got Game
Mick Mahon has been IFTA-nominated six times. His work includes The Writing in the Sky (2011), Saving The Titanic (2012) and Chaplin: The Waterville Picture (2011). He has recently completed the feature documentary, Rough Rider (2013).

Mick took part in our second In Conversation event last October. For a more detailed look at his career, please check out our Mick Mahon:In Profile post which we did in advance of that

Emer Reynolds – The Secret Life of the Shannon
See above

Ray Roantree – Looking After No.1
An editor for almost thirty years, Ray Roantree has worked mainly in drama and documentary for both RTÉ and BBC. He has won two IFTAs: in 2003 for The Green Fields of Vietnam (RTÉ) and in 2012 for The Ashes of 9/11 (RTÉ). In 2010 he joined the RTÉ TV Documentary Unit. Recent credits include: Battle Station and My Lockout.

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In Profile : Tony Cranstoun

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This Thursday see the latest in our In Conversation events and the first get together of 2014. This time we are delighted to welcom BAFTA and ACE winning editor Tony Cranstoun. One of the leading cutters operating in Ireland and the UK.

Here’s Tony talking about editing

and a longer audio piece for the SDGI

Tony’s list of credits is extensive and mightly impressive and in advance of Thursday event we are going to give a little flavour of just some of the stuff Tony was worked on.



Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren’t convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last?
Directed by Dan Mazer


A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon

From the depths of suicide and depression to the heights of new beginnings, marriage proposals, and homecomings. The Bass Player explores Niall McKay’s relationship with his Jazz musician father, Jim, who in the 1970’s raised his two young sons on his own in Dublin. This film questions what is means to be a son, a husband and a father.


A gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental death of one of his cronies.
Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon


A broke, jobless actor and a broke, jobless screenwriter set out to make a movie and then find that life starts imitating art.
Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon


Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two come back together. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love, among other things.


The notorious fictional town of Royston Vasey is under threat and its inhabitants are forced to leave.



The disappearance of 14-year-old Amber Bailey sets off a two-year search during which her family will go through unimaginable pressures. What happened to Amber?


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In October 1984, rock musician Bob Geldof is appalled by the misery of starving Ethiopians as seen on television and persuades his pop musician friends to record the million-selling charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’. Bob goes to Ethiopia and, horrified at the scale of the famine, plans a global rock concert to be staged simultaneously in England and America the next summer. He brings in hard-headed rock promoter Harvey Goldsmith who provides a realistic anchor to Bob’s idealistic wish-list of performers. Preparations are fraught with arguments, and Bob is especially disappointed not to secure Bruce Springsteen, in anticipation of whose services he postponed the event. After addressing his old school, where he was less than academically bright but hopes to inspire the students, and with five days before the big event, Bob gets involved with the complicated matter of financial logistics and organizing international broadcasts but gets Prince Charles and Princess Diana to attend simply by asking them. Finally the day of the concerts arrives and, as Paul McCartney sings ‘Let it Be’, Harvey and Bob know that they have triumphed. The show over, the two men sit alone to reflect on matters.


Controversial Drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, and also 15 year old Nathan who is in love with Stuart

An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases.

(1995) Ep 3.2 – “Best Boys”

“Bill Preece (John Simm) is a runaway from a childcare facility who finds work in a local factory. He has no place to stay so the foreman, Stuart Grady (Liam Cunningham), offers him his sofa for a night.

A dispute with the landlady leads to her being killed and Bill soon drags his new friend into a spiral of crime. He especially wants to exact revenge against those he feels treated him badly as a foster child.

Fitz (Robbie Coltrane) soon realizes that two people are committing the murders, though he believes the perpetrators to be a man and a woman..


Before the Bradys, the Carringtons, the Ewings, the Forresters, the Abbots, there were…. the Forsytes. A highly charged miniseries at the turn of the century London that follows the intrigues and scandals of a landed middle class family… and the one woman who will turn their world upside-down.

Soames Forsyte, a landed lawyer and a man of property is immediately smitten with the penniless pianist Irene Heron and determines to marry her. Initially reluctant, Irene is eventually pressured by her stepmother into accepting but it does not take her long to realize that her artistic temperament does not suit with her husband’s possessive nature. After four years of unhappy marriage, her only comfort is her husband’s cousin June Forsyte, a vivacious and free-spirited individual engaged to Philip Boissiney, a rising architect. But when Boissiney finds himself drawn to Irene’s quiet, enigmatic grace and she to him, things will never be the same… A man of property is always sensitive to the dignity of his own position and Soames will never relinquish what he once possessed.



A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.


An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.


An acutely observed, forensically honest, warts-and-all look at a working-class couple in their mid-20s.


Dublin Editors Christmas Drinks

Dublin Editors will be hosting a get together for post people and friends this Tuesday 17th December and we want you to be there. The event is taking place in the upstairs bar of Nealons on Caple St from 8. This is an opportunity to come and have a few drinks with your editing colleagues and bask in the warm glow of xmas cheer. Feel free to invite whomever you wish as this not a post production exclusive thing
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

In Profile: Dermot Diskin

Dermot Diskin has been working in film editing since 1989, starting as an assistant on films such as ‘The Commitments’ and ‘In the Name of the Father’. He cut his first feature ‘Sweety Barrett’ in 1997 and since then has cut many features and TV dramas including ‘Man About Dog’, ‘The Mighty Celt’, ‘Prosperity’ and ‘Kings’. In recent times he has cut the immensely popular RTE series ‘Love/Hate’

He has received an astonishing 7 IFTA nominations for Best Editing, winning the IFTA award for ‘Dead Bodies’ in 2003 and again for ‘Kings’ in 2008

We are delighted Dermot is taking part in our second In Conversation event on Tuesday the 26th November at 8:00pm at Brookes Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin.

Here’s a look at some of his work

Sweety Barrett 1997
Directed by Stephen Bradley
When Sweety Barrett loses his job at a travelling circus he arrives in the port of Dockery, looking for work. His naïve and simple nature makes him easy prey in this corrupt town of smugglers dominated by the vicious detective Mannix Bone. Sweety strikes up a friendship with a six-year-old boy called Conor whose father Leo resumes a vendetta with Bone. Just when it seems that Bone is getting away with murder, Sweety exacts a spectacular revenge, which transforms him into a redeeming hero for the whole town.

On the Edge
Directed by John Carney
Within a space of 24 hours, Jonathan Breech (Cillian Murphy) attends his father’s funeral, gets high, steals a car, picks up someone else’s girlfriend, dumps her on the side of the road and then drives himself off a cliff. Having suffered no more than a broken finger, he is faced with either a spell in prison or a stay in a psychiatric hospital. Donning blinkers and pyjamas, he puts himself into the care of Dr Figure (Stephen Rea), making it clear he’s there for a holiday and not an evaluation. But as Jonathan reluctantly agrees to attend Dr Figure’s therapy sessions, and comes into contact with fellow patients Rachel (Tricia Vessey) and Toby (Jonathan Jackson), he begins to rethink his attitude on life.

Directed by Terrence Ryan
It’s 1924 and the boundary commission from Britain and Ireland is deciding on the new border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. After months of haggling over every inch of territory, the commissioners are forced to finish the job by hand, when a bicycle accident destroys the surveyors’ equipment. With all the participants holding the pencil and much pushing and shoving, the border finds its way down the middle of Puckoon, dividing house from outhouse, man from wife, pub chairs from bar, church from cemetery. Our hero, Dan Madigan, wakes up from his indolence to find the beer cheaper on the wrong side of the pub and a border patrol demanding passports. Puckoon will never be the same again and something has to be done…
Based on Spike Milligan’s book, Puckoon is a politically true, politically incorrect and profoundly funny tale.

Goldfish Memory 2003
Directed by Liz Gill
GOLDFISH MEMORY” is a light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of dating in contemporary Dublin. When Clara sees her boyfriend Tom kissing Isolde, it sets off a chain reaction of romances and heartbreaks until the entire cycle has turned full circle, each character trying to solve the pressing question of what is the perfect relationship…? Some favour marriage, others a week-at-a-time arrangement. The only thing they can all agree on is that love is the one thing we can’t live without.

Falling in love, out of love and making the same mistakes all over again – all of us say we learn from heartbreak, but how many of us really change? And do we want to?

Exploring the comical nature of love, straight, gay and in-between, “GOLDFISH MEMORY” brings life to the saying what goes around, comes around…and around…and around…

Dead Bodies 2003
Directed by Robert Quinn
Tommy is a young man who is not in a hurry and believes that life is there to be lived. His situation is abruptly changed by the return of his high maintenance, anti-everything, ex-girlfriend Jean. When, during one of their frequent ‘domestics’, she slips and is fatally injured, he confronts a dilemma far greater than he ever imagined. Ever fearful of the consequences, he decides to get rid of the body beneath the branches of a local wood – only to discover that he’s not the first. Once you step into darkness, it becomes difficult to see where you’re going.

Man About Dog 2004
Directed by Paddy Breathnach
A raucous comedy set in the world of greyhound racing, Man About Dog follows three Belfast losers who try to take on the bookies with no money and a greyhound who runs only when it suits him…

The Mighty Celt 2005
Directed by Pierce Elliot
The Mighty Celt is a drama film set in Northern Ireland. It stars Gillian Anderson, Robert Carlyle, Sean McGinley, Ken Stott and Tyrone McKenna. It is centred around greyhound racing in a Catholic community after the intercommunal “Troubles” have ended but where their legacy remains strong. The film was well received in Ireland, with Gillian Anderson receiving an IFTA Award for Best International Actress. The film’s title is based on the name of a comic book shown in the movie.

Boy Eats Girl 2005
Directed by Stephen Bradley
Boy Eats Girl is a comedy horror about a teenage date that goes disastrously wrong, bringing bloody mayhem to suburbia.

Kings 2007
Directed by Tom Collins
The story of a group of friends who emigrated to England in the late 70’s promising to return to Ireland rich and successful. Now 25 years on, only one of them is going home, Jackie – his body was found on the railway, crushed by a passing train. It is when his friends are forced to confront the possibility it was no accident, but suicide, that they must face up to the bitter chill of truth.

Tom Collins’s tender film is a beautifully shot depiction of the isolation felt by long-term migrants who struggle to find a place to call home. KINGS is a story of a lost generation, rich in humanity and emotion, and with a heart-breaking resonance not just for the Irish, in today’s changing world.

Shrooms 2007
Directed by Paddy Breathnach
A group of American teens go to rural Ireland in search of notoriously potent magic mushrooms. But legend has it that the area is haunted by the depraved ghosts of monks. After eating the mushrooms, the teenagers start to see terrifying visions and one of them turns up horrifically mutilated. Events spiral out of control as the friends are picked off one by one – but is this gruesome reality or a terrible hallucination?

Wake Wood 2009
Directed by David Keating
The villagers of Wake Wood perform an ancient ritual to bring the dead back to life for three days, in order to say farewell before their journey to the spirit world. A young couple beg the villagers to bring their daughter back but find themselves unable to lose her for a second time. Their attempts to keep her alive mean they must pay a terrible price.

Stella Days 2011
in the heart of County Tipperary in the 1950’s, Father Daniel Barry tackles a fundraising challenge – and satisfies a personal passion – by setting up a cinema in the village. He faces opposition from every side, from doubters, disapproving parishioners, and even his own crisis of conscience. Will he manage to resolve the conflicts between love and duty, hope and faith, the past and the future, Rome and Hollywood?


Ireland, 1965. Everyone in the music business is raking in the cash. Everyone, that is, except Tony Golden. With only three months to pay off his bank debt, Tony’s beloved ballroom is on the line. His only chance is to turn Denise, a complete unknown, into a star.




An Oíche a Gineadh m’Athair
Directed by Paddy Breathnach

In this beguiling documentary, filmmaker Paddy Breathnach (“I Went Down’, “Man About Dog”, “Shrooms”) uses his cinematic skill to give an intimate insight into the events that shaped the lives of his father, Diarmuid, and grandfather, also Pádraig Breathnach. The latter died prematurely when Diarmuid was only eight. Throughout his lifetime, Diarmuid had been left to ponder many questions regarding the seeming contradictions of his father’s life. The documentary became a quest by father and son to answer these.


Cinegael Paradiso
Directed by Robert Quinn
CINEGAEL is an independent cinema set up by filmmaker Bob Quinn in the 1970’s, in which his son, the director Robert Quinn, lived as a child. The film focuses on the contribution the cinema made to the cultural life of the community, but also to the Irish film industry itself, acting as a home for, and catalyst to, radical ideas and attitudes within the film industry at the time.


In Profile: Mick Mahon

Mick Mahon is one of Irelands leading Editors, last year he was nominated for 3 Editing IFTA’s and he has cut a whole host of award winning projects. Mick is especially noted for his documentary work and has built up a staggering back catalogue of work. He has long standing collaborations with some of Irelands premier documentary makers including Maurice Sweeney, Garry Keane and Liam McGrath.

We are delighted Mick is taking part in our second In Conversation event on Tuesday the 26th November at 8:00pm at Brookes Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin.

Here’s a quick look at some of Mick’s work, many of which can be watched in their entirety online

Rough Rider: The Paul Kimmage Story 2014
Forthcoming feature documentary on the former cyclist and journalist Paul Kimmage

John Sheahan: A Dubliner 2013
The documentary film John Sheahan: A Dubliner is a revealing and beautifully made portrait of a man who was an integral part of the national institution that is The Dubliners. As Barney McKenna once said, John is the ‘memory chip’, the part of the band who never forgets, ‘the mortar between the bricks’ that kept the band together. Produced by the award winning Scratch Films and directed by five time IFTA winning director Maurice Sweeney, John Sheahan: A Dubliner is a treasure trove of rare Dubliners archive some of which has never been broadcast in Ireland before and contemporary performances with Damien Dempsey, Declan O’Rourke, Charlie McGettigan, Máire Breatnach, Seán Keane and Neil Martin.

We Got Game: The Golden Age of Irish Basketball 2013
Directed by Garry Keane for Motive Television and one of the most enjoyable sports docs of recent times.
When droves of seven foot tall black ball players, who have just missed out on the NBA draft, arrive into a very white Ireland in the early 80’s, it makes for a very interesting story.
you can watch all of this superb documentary below

Gael Nua Eabhairc 2012
New York is the biggest city in the United States with a population defined by a long history of immigration. It has the largest number of Irish‐Americans of any city in America. The New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade is the biggest symbol of Irish American culture and the oldest and largest civic parade in the world. 2011 marks its 250th anniversary. The 250th New York City, St Patrick’s Day Parade, is a reminder that the history of the Irish in New York is actually a history of New York itself.
Gaeil Nua Eabhrac, is a two part documentary series which uses the parade on March 17th 2011 to provide a background, context and vehicle, to examine the modern realities of the Irish in New York. Seen through the eyes and the real life stories of first, second and third generation Irish Americans living in New York today.
The documentary goes behind the scenes of the world of Irish America, the NYPD, the FDNY, the GAA, the Church, Politics and the Arts and present a contemporary portrait of a community with a 250 year old legacy.

Episode 1

Episode 2

The Writing in The Sky 2011
his is the story of a writer and his place, his dog and three thousand migrating barnacle geese. the writer is Dermot Healy, an outstanding poet, playwright, novelist and autobiographer who is, according to Roddy Doyle, “Ireland’s greatest writer”. The place is Ballyconnell, on the wild coast of Sligo, the dog is Tiny, the horse is Lucky and the geese arrive from Greenland in October every year for a six month stay. Filmed over those six months,
‘The Writing in the Sky’ is both a portrait of an artist and of a magnificent landscape and its inhabitants, human and animal.

Part One

Part Two

John Connolly Of Blood and Lost Things 2009
Featuring dramatised readings from his work John Connolly: Of Blood and Lost Things examines the sense of place and atmosphere in Connolly’s work but also includes a biographical narrative of his Dublin childhood and journey toward becoming a writer. The documentary features interviews with iconic American crime writer George Pelecanos; David Simon, creator of TV’s The Wire; American novelist and friend Laura Lippman, and fellow Irish crime writer Declan Hughes. During the shoot the documentary was given unique access to accompany Connolly on a research visit to Maine State Prison, a Super-Max facility housing over 900 prisoners at Warren, Maine. The documentary also follows Connolly’s meeting with his first teacher, Kathleen Foley, who encouraged his writing at Loreto NS Crumlin 35 years ago.
here’s 2 clips from the doc

Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind 2008
One of twelve short films on Irish Sportsmen and women. This one looks at the sport of Fly Fishing

others in this IFTA nominated series
Kick Boxing, Horse Shoe Throwing, Hurl & Sliothar, <a

Flann O’Brien: The Lives of Brian 2006
Narrated by Brendan Gleeson and featuring contributions from Anthony Cronin, Tommy Tiernan, and O’Brien’s brother, Micheál O Nualláin, ‘Flann O’Brien: The Lives of Brian’ looks at the man behind his many faces on the 40th anniversary of his death.
Borrowing heavily from the writer’s own works, the documentary weaves together fact and fancy, with Tom Hickey playing one of Brian’s other alter egos, Myles na gCopaleen.

Directed by Maurice Sweeney for Mint Tv. This documentary won the IFTA for Best Documentary in 2007

Micheal: The Sound of Sunday 2006
This IFTA award-winning documentary follows Micheál O Muircheartaigh through the championship summer of 2006 while accompanying him on a walk down memory lane. We learn of his early life, witness the meticulous preparations for RTE Sport, see his close family at first hand, see his easy rapport with players and officials alike and absorb his raw passion for the people and games of the GAA. This is the story of one man and a voice that is associated with the championship summer for generations.

Directed by Maurice Sweeney and produced by Cormac Hargaden, this popular documentary won the IFTA for Best Sports in 2007

The School 2009
The School, was a land mark documentary series for RTÉ Television, following the students and teachers of St Peters College Dunboyne over one academic year. Award winning company Scratch Films began filming the series in September 2008 after months of careful negotiations with County Meath VEC. Never before has an Irish school given such unlimited access to film makers, allowing camera crews to document every aspect of school life.
Directed by Liam McGrath and Paula Rouse, this 3 x40 observational documentary looked at the St Peters College Secondary School in Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Cromwell in Ireland 2008
CROMWELL IN IRELAND examines that great nemesis of Irish history: Oliver Cromwell.

Starring Owen Roe as Oliver Cromwell, Declan Conlon as Hugh Dubh O’Neill and Catherine Walker as Elizabeth Price, Cromwell in Ireland is directed by two-time IFTA winning director Maurice Sweeney and presented by leading historian Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú.

Airing to coincide with the 350th anniversary of Cromwell’s death on 3rd September 1658, the series consolidates Ó Siochrú’s fascinating take on this crucial time in Irish history. An estimated 500,000 Irish people died from war, plague and famine during Cromwell’s military campaign, making it one of the greatest catastrophes ever to befall the country. But strikingly, Micheál reveals how ‘God’s Englishman’ helped to lay the foundations for the modern Ireland that we know today.

Winner best documentary 2009 IFTA

Episode 1

Episode 2

Blood of the Travellers 2010
Winner Best Documentary 2012, directed by Liam McGrath
The origin of Ireland’s Travelling people is a subject that has been debated for many years. Some say they are related to Romany gypsies or some other ethnic group that arrived here over the past 1000 years, others say they have been a community in Ireland long before the arrival of the Celts and subsequent invaders, while more say they are ‘settled Irish people’ who ‘took to the road’ during times of famine and eviction in the years since Oliver Cromwell.

Now for the first time this subject has been approached using the tools of DNA technology. For over a year Olympian Francie Barrett collected 40 Traveller DNA samples from every corner of Ireland. This DNA has been analysed by a team of scientists from The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, The University of Edinburgh and to unlock the history of Ireland’s Travelling people.

(clip is recorded off the tv)

As well as such an impressive documentary background, Mick has also cut quite a lot of drama.

Saving The Titanic 2012




Emer Reynolds, Director and triple-IFTA-winning Film Editor, is based in Dublin and is one of Ireland’s leading editors with a mightily impressive CV.

In advance of her appearance at the first Dublin Editor ‘In Conversation’ event this Tuesday Oct 15th in brooks Hotel at 8 alongside Tony Kearns (read our profile of Tony here), we decide to take a look at some of her past work.


She won her first IFTA in 2003 for Alan Gilsenan’s film ‘Timbuktu’ and her second a year later for her work
on the opening series of Channel 4’s groundbreaking ‘Shameless’.

She won her third IFTA for Paul Fraser’s ‘My Brothers’ in 2011

Her other feature credits include ‘The Good Doctor’ from director Lance Daly

‘Saltwater’ and ‘The Eclipse’ from director Conor McPherson, with whom Emer has collaborated on several projects

‘The Actors’,

Emer also edited Cult Irish Film ‘I Went Down’ which was written by McPherson.

That film was directed by Paddy Breathnach for whom Emer also cut ‘Ailsa’

She has also cut the films
‘Lotus Eaters” dir : Alexandra McGuinness

‘Small Engine Repair’ dir: Niall Heery

‘Korea’ dir: Cathal Black

Jump dir: Kieron J.Walsh

Notable documentaries include ‘The Asylum’,
‘Today is better than two tomorrows’

‘We went to War’.

Broken Tail

Recently she won an award in the U.S. for editing ‘On a River in Ireland”( the film version of “the Secret Life of the Shannon”) for which she won Best Editing at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival(the Oscars of wildlife films), seeing off competition from Attenborough’s Africa: Kalahari and Disneynature’s Chimpanzee

Emer has written and directed four short films: ‘Slumber’, ‘Man’, ‘The Widow’s Son’ and ‘White’, and directed the RTE drama 6 part-series ‘Trouble in Paradise’.

‘Here Was Cuba’ is her documentary directorial debut, and her third collaboration with John Murray and Crossing the Line, following the multi-award winning ‘Broken Tail’ and ‘The Secret Life of the Shannon’.

It had its Dublin premiere at the recent IFI Stranger than Fiction Film Festival.

You can find out more about the film here

She sits as a member of the advisory board for the National Film School (Ireland).