Masterclass with Martina Durac

Monday, April 19th, 2021

Exploring the ethics and responsibilities of filming with people in sensitive situations.

Screen Skills Ireland is delighted to support the Cleraun Media Ethics Forum’s Masterclass with documentary director and producer, Martina Durac. This event is for young documentary filmmakers and journalists.

The masterclass will take place online from 19.15 on Wednesday 28 April 2021 and attendance is free. To book, please email

Those who attend will:

  • Watch the three-part TV series, The Rehab, in advance, with a view to answering a series of questions set by Martina Durac. As the narrative develops over the three parts, following events with specific people, it would be helpful to watch all three.
  • On the evening of the masterclass, break into teamwork groups for 40 minutes to consider those questions among themselves; Martina will spend time with each group.
  • Then all join Martina to discuss those questions, followed by an open forum.

About Martina Durac
Martina Durac is an award-winning director and producer of documentary and factual programming. With Julian Behal, one of Ireland’s leading photographers, she set up Phoenix Films to develop a range of projects in different genres. Recent documentary work includes Death of a Son – The Killing of Michael Dwyer (for RTÉ). Their most recent project was a four-part documentary series exploring a year in the life of the Burren and its people which won the best television series at An tOireachtas Media Awards 2020. The company is currently in pre-production with a documentary on the songwriter and artist, Percy French.

Case study: The Rehab
A Phoenix Films documentary series for Virgin Media TV (3×45 minutes). Filmed over the course of a year, with unprecedented access to staff and residents, this powerful and engaging three-part documentary offers a character-led, multi-layered journey into the life and workings of one of Ireland’s most successful rehabilitation centres, Coolmine Therapeutic Community. Featuring a diverse cast of characters, from varying backgrounds, it follows them from the beginning to the end of their treatment, as they learn to live without drugs. The series culminates in the Coolmine graduation when those who have successfully completed the programme come together to celebrate and look forward to a future out of addiction.