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‘Art and Architecture of Ireland’ book trailer

14 November, 2014

Together with our stable mates Emberlight, we recently produced this book trailer for the Royal Irish Academy. 'Art and Architecture of Ireland' is an authoritative and fully illustrated account of the art and architecture of Ireland from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. The volumes explore all aspects of Irish art and architecture – from high crosses to installation art, from Georgian houses to illuminated manuscripts, from watercolours and sculptures to photography, oil paintings, video art and tapestries. This monumental work provides new insight into every facet of the strength, depth and variety of Ireland’s artistic and architectural heritage. 

Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Ireland (AAI) from The Royal Irish Academy on Vimeo.

Produced by Areaman. 
Design & Animation by Emberlight. 
Original Music by Gerry Horan. 

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Lines of Vision

06 October, 2014

Areaman Productions recently had the pleasure of creating a short film in association with the National Gallery of Ireland. To mark the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery of Ireland, Irish writers find inspiration in its wonderful collection. This exhibition will coincide with the publication of 'Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art', a beautifully illustrated anthology of new poems, essays and stories by 56 Irish writers, inspired by the Gallery’s collection. The contributors have selected pictures from the collection as setting-off points to explore ideas about art, love, loss, family, dreams, memory, places, and privacy.

The exhibition will display pictures selected by all 56 writers, among them master European works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet and Bonnard as well as a number of works by Irish artists, including James Arthur O’Connor, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Mary Swanzy and Gerard Dillon. 'Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art' was edited by Janet McLean, Curator of European Art, 1850–1950, at the National Gallery of Ireland. The film will be screened in Room 1 during exhibition hours. The film features original music by Gerry Horan.

‘Bloody Good Headline’ wins at IFI Stranger than Fiction

29 September, 2014

IFI Stranger than fiction Jury Award 2014

'Bloody Good Headline', the latest documentary film from Areaman Productions, has won the Jury Award for Best Short Documentary at this year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival. The film, directed by Tom Burke and Paul Quinn, and produced by Shane Hogan, takes a look at the lives and thoughts of five men who sell newspapers in Dublin's rush hour traffic. The film screened as part of the latest collection of short documentary films made under Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board's 'Reality Bites' short film scheme. The IFI Stranger than Fiction Festival is very special to us as our first documentary project 'The Liberties' screened at the festival back in 2008, so this was a nice honour.   

Bloody Good Headline to screen at IFI Stranger than Fiction Festival

11 September, 2014

'Bloody Good Headline', the latest documentary film from Areaman Productions, will have its premiere at this year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival. The film, directed by Tom Burke and Paul Quinn, and produced by Shane Hogan, takes a look at the lives and thoughts of five men who sell newspapers in Dublin's rush hour traffic. It screens as part of the latest collection of short documentary films made under Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board's Reality Bites short Film scheme, on Saturday, September 27th at 5pm, in the IFI.

The film explores the experience of the orange-vested newspaper sellers who dot our city streets in the mornings and evenings. A cast of characters with outlooks as diverse as their places of origin, the people behind the headlines open up about their unusual working lives.

Full sound post production on the film was completed by Steve Fanagan at Ardmore Sound & Music Supervision by Gerry Horan. 

Screening Details and Tickets: 

Saturday September 27th, 17:00 

Films at the Friary

06 June, 2014

"There's No Charge for the Hat" will be screened on June 6th and 7th in a programme of short films selected and presented by Maurice Galway of the Dingle International Film Festival.

Shot in colloboration with Patrick Bolger, the film explores the world of a Midlands couple in posession of a hat which is reputed to cure ailments.

The screening takes place at the Franciscan Friary on Merchants Quay at 1.10pm and will feature The White Dress (2006, Dir. Vanessa Gildea), Pentecost (2010, Dir. Peter McDonald), Give Up Your Aul Sins (2000, Dir. Cathal Gaffney), and Rubaí (2013, Dir. Louise Ní Fhiannachta). 

Entry is free.

Watch ‘There’s No Charge For The Hat’ in the sky

20 May, 2014

‘There's No Charge For The Hat’ will screen on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights in July and August 2014 - our first film to be shown in the sky.

The film tells the story of a humble couple in the Irish Midlands who are the custodians of a 300 year old hat, reputed to have the power to cure headaches and other ailments. It was shot in collaboration with Patrick Bolger.

Made under the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann 'Reality Bites' scheme, the film was completed in 2013 and premiered at IFI Stranger than Fiction Festival.

There's No Charge for the Hat (Trailer) from Areaman Productions on Vimeo.

Addiction: A public conversation event by THEATREclub & Depaul Ireland

02 April, 2014

The Holy Show
Illustration by Katherine Foyle. 

Last Wednesday, Areaman headed down to the Project Arts Centre - in the audience for a change - for a special 10th Anniversary screening of the brilliant Adam & Paul. Part of ADDICTION, the ongoing project from THEATREclub and DePaul Ireland, the film and subsequent discussion was one of several events between Wednesday and Friday dealing with heroin addiction in Ireland. A full list of the events can be found at The focus of Wednesday's discussion was on the media depiction of addicts and the effect it has on reality, if any. The panel was led by John Lonergan, and featured journalists, recovering drug users, and the writer-director team behind Adam & Paul, Mark O'Halloran and Lenny Abrahamson. 

So, ten years after Adam & Paul first graced the screen, has anything really changed for drug users in Ireland? Areaman doesn't have the answer, but we're glad to be witnessing the debate. Side note: kudos to Grace Dyas of THEATREclub for her talk on the subject as part of the RTÉ exclusive 'We Need to Talk About Ireland'. The whole show is available on the RTÉ Player until early May and it's definitely worth the watch, so check it out while its there!

Unfortunately we couldn't make it down to Thursday's proceedings, but on Friday we were back in the pews for THE HOLY SHOW: THE ADDICTS ARE RUINING THE CITY hosted by Neil Watkins, following a harrowing talk from Rachael Keogh (author of Dying to Survive), ADDICTS AREN'T OTHER PEOPLE (more below). Kicking off with a pop number performed by Neil himself, THE HOLY SHOW was a risky blend of chat show and talent competition - but somehow it worked. Neil managed to dance between the serious concerns of his guests and the artistic offerings of poetry and music with charm and humour. Our highlight of the night was Fr. Peter McVerry, proposing a radical answer to the tough question of drug control - but all the guests brought something special to the table. A few THEATREclub regulars even made an appearance - a monologue from Shane Byrne, Ger Kelly back behind the guitar, and video pieces from Lauren Larkin and Louise Lewis - all inspired by their time in respite clinics.

All in all, ADDICTION was vital and entertaining, all at once. Areaman approves.

Rachael Keogh concluded her talk with a call to action - her petition to decriminalise drug possession can be found at

Milton Glaser Interview at OFFSET

19 March, 2014

Milton Glaser

What do you search for in a contributor? Well, ideally - Brilliant Face, Brilliant Voice, Brilliant Mind. Milton Glaser has all three. Areaman recently travelled to NYC to shoot Milton Glaser in conversation with Steve Heller - a very special shoot exclusively for OFFSET. 

The man behind the I Heart NY logo, the Brooklyn Lager identity, that iconic Dylan image, a founder of the revolutionary Pushpin studio and the author of several books about how to think creatively, Milton Glaser is the quintessential American designer. Irreverent, intellectual and self assured, Glaser’s work has helped define and redefine design from the 50s on. 

The interview screened on Saturday March 22nd at 5pm on the Cyan Stage at OFFSET. Did I mention that I love OFFSET? 
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UCD Research on RTÉ News

04 March, 2014

A video series that Areaman produced in partnership with UCD Research features on RTÉ.ie today. UCD Faces of Research is a series of videos that asks, what is research? The series gets inside the minds of fourteen leading researchers to understand what academic research means to them and why it is important. 

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24 Hour Plays 2014 - 24 actors, 6 Writers, 6 Directors: One Night Only!

28 February, 2014

24 Hour Plays, Dublin

Areaman are proud to be supporting The 24 Hour Plays by filming the 23 hours and 59 minutes of creative graft that will preceed the performances this Sunday at The Abbey Theatre. Our behind the scenes film will screen just before the 6 brand new plays are presented, giving the audience a sense of the chaos, fun and hard work that goes in to conceiving of and staging a play within 24 hours.

For one night only Ireland’s most talented stars of stage and screen will join forces to create six brand new plays written, rehearsed and presented all within 24 hours. After sell-out shows in 2012 and 2013, The 24 Hour Plays Dublin is back for the third year in a row to benefit Dublin Youth Theatre.

This annual fundraiser promises to delight and excite as Ireland’s leading actors, playwrights, and directors of stage and screen return to create, rehearse, and present 6 brand new short plays in just 24 hours! This year will see singer Camille O’Sullivan perform throughout the evening as well as Domhnall Gleeson, Jay Duffy, Ali White, Laurence Kinlan, Lauren Larkin, Kelly Campbell, Aaron Heffernan and Ger Kelly, Karen Ardiff, Paul Reid, Hilda Fay (Fair City), Shane O’ Reilly, Michelle McMahon, Bryan Burroughs, Louise Lewis, Barry O’Connor, Jacinta Sheerin, Will O’Connell, Clare Barrett, Sam O’Mahony, Fiona Bell, Aoibheann McCaul and Kathy Rose O’Brien. The team of writers include: Michelle Read, Gavin Kostick, Abbie Spallen, Carmel Winters, Ross Dungan and Mark Cantan. The directors are Lynne Parker, Jim Culleton, Tom Creed, Peter Daly, Maisie Lee and Louise White. On Sunday, 2nd March, both veterans and first timers of The 24 Hour Plays Dublin will join forces for this very special night of theatre. 

Dublin Youth Theatre is a registered charity celebrating its 37th anniversary this year. Since its foundation it has forged a unique contribution to Irish theatre and youth work. DYT currently has a membership of 120 young people aged 14-22 from all across Dublin attending on a weekly basis.

The show is presented under a license and with the participation of The 24 Hour Company, New York, NY and is produced by Eva Scanlan and Phillip McMahon as a fundraising event for Dublin Youth Theatre.

Symantec Dublin

27 February, 2014

Areaman recently created this video aimed at prospective employees at Symantec Dublin. Symantec helps consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. If you want to work with passionate & engaged people then look no further. The video wasn't scripted, so you can believe their positivity - and Symantec Dublin are hiring!