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BEEP BEEP!

In #rabble15, Culture, Interviews, Politics by Sean FinnanLeave a Comment

The concept of public service broadcasting isn’t really a coherent blueprint for broadcasting practice. Rather is a rather vague concept based on a particular set of institutional arrangements and a particular coalition of class interests. In practical terms what it has meant is that the public interest has been defined largely by people drawn from the upper middle classes who operate in a subordinate relationship to the state.

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Starring Dublin As Dublin.

In Art, Blog, Culture, History, Interviews by Patrick McCuskerLeave a Comment

Long-time readers of rabble will know we love to draw attention to Dublin’s architecture and great architects past and present. Therefore, when we found out that the IFI were running an event called Dublin Plays Itself alongside the Irish Architecture Foundation, we were definitely interested. Patrick McCusker caught up with Sunniva O’Flynn, one of the tour guides, to find out more.

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Connemara Cinema.

In Blog, Culture, Film, Interviews by Patrick McCuskerLeave a Comment

Bob Quinn is a filmmaker based in Connemara whose 1975 film Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire tells the story of a film shoot in a Gaeltacht where the actors rebel against their director. The original suggestion and support for making the film came from Eamonn Smullen, who was Director of Education, Sinn Féin The Workers Party.

Upon release, it was greeted as “the first completely native-produced movie that seems capable of holding its own with the best of the world’s new cinema.”.

After a long period during which the negative was feared lost, it was recovered and restored in 2010. Rabble caught up with Bob Quinn to talk about it.

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Bring It Back.

In Art, Blog, Interviews by Patrick McCuskerLeave a Comment

Ever heard of Grace Dyas? You should have. Her recent production Not At Home won Best Production at last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival – and could soon be coming to a town near you. Patrick McCusker caught up with Grace yesterday to find out more and hear about their fundraising campaign to take it on the road.

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One Night In Skintown.

In #rabble14, Blog, Culture, Interviews, Print Edition by Eileen WalshLeave a Comment

Following the publication of his highly acclaimed debut novel Skintown about rave culture in 1990’s Northern Ireland, Enniskillen actor Ciarán McMenamin talks to Eileen Walsh about drugs, protein shakes and orange marches. And with his book being hailed as the new Trainspotting, the film rights to Skintown have already been snapped up. watch this space.   People in Northern Ireland are tired of hearing stories about the Troubles, people in the South … Read More

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Pride, Tinged With Sadness: An Interview From The Front.

In Blog, Interviews, Politics by Jamie GoldrickLeave a Comment

Above: Some photographs sent on from daily life at the front. Jamie Goldrick chats to an Irish volunteer who traveled East to volunteer with the YPG in the fight against ISIS. He chats about his motivations, life in Rojava and the realities of day-to-day life on the front-lines in Syria. Can you describe your immediate surroundings right now as you type this? I’m sat on the veranda of a building … Read More

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The Chemical Generation.

In #rabble14, Blog, Film, Interviews, Print Edition by Martin LeenLeave a Comment

Niall McCann is making a name for himself as a documentary maker that looks at creativity under neo-liberalism. His feature on Luke Haines got rave reviews from those lucky enough to see it at film festivals. His recent Lost in France is about the seminal Glasgow record label Chemikal Underground. Martin Leen sat down with him to chat about making art in these market-driven times.

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Political Hacks.

In #rabble14, Blog, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by Martin LeenLeave a Comment

Richard Barbrook played a key role devising Corbyn’s radical digital democracy manifesto. He was in town giving a talk at the recent Critical Media Conference. Martin Leen braved Storm Brian and ventured out to leafy ballsbridge for the lowdown on how to hack a general election. You were deeply in involved in Jeremy Corbyn’s recent election campaign, Could you tell us how you hacked the election with all the press against you? … Read More