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 : Tony Cranstoun

tony cran
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: 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