X-Pollinator First Weekend Schedule Announced

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

X-POLLINATOR is supported by BAI, Screen Skills Ireland, Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland and Creative Europe Desk Ireland and is presented in association with The Lir Academy.

The schedule for the first weekend of X-Pollinator has been announced, featuring a wonderful line up of speakers and moderators from across many disciplines. X-POLLINATOR is an ambitious new professional development and networking initiative aiming to kickstart collaborations between female writing and directing talent and take positive action to rapidly address the gender imbalance in the Irish audiovisual industry.



09:30 – 10:15 Registration 10:15 – 10:25 General Welcome and Introduction from Co-Creative Director Lara Hickey and supporting partners

  • Fionnuala Murphy – BAI
  • Gareth Lee – Screen Skills Ireland

10:25 – 10:35 X-Pollinator Initiative Overview, Goal Setting and Weekend One Introduction from CoCreative Director Katie Holly

10:35 – 11:20 Participants Introductions Round robin introductions and ice-breaker question for participants.

11:20 – 11:40 Where are we now? Presentation Dr. Anne O’Brien – Maynooth University and The Motherhood Project – presents an overview of the current data and trends in the Irish screen and media industry.

11:40 – 12:00 #WakingTheFeminists: What have I learned? Presentation Designer, arts manager and activist Lian Bell shares her learnings and experiences from her time working on Waking the Feminists and her belief in how individual artists and makers can create meaningful change.

12:00 – 12:30 Tea / Coffee Break

12:30 – 13:30 Director in Focus: Shelly Love, A Bump Along The Way An in-depth conversation with director and independent artist Shelly Love on moving from dance and circus on screen to directing her first narrative feature film, the BIFA-nominated A Bump Along the Way (https://bit.ly/3397dU0) and the experience of juggling motherhood with the demands of directing. Moderator: Kirsty Blake Knox – Journalist and Channel Editor

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 14:40 My Thoughts Exactly… Presentation Sinead O’Shea – Filmmaker and Writer – A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot (https://bit.ly/2N2zG8b)

14:40 – 15:30 The Writer’s Panel: From Theatre to Screen and Back Again Development Executive and playwright Clare Dwyer Hogg hosts a discussion with a panel of writers for both stage and screen about their creative process and the pitfalls of working across and between the two artforms.

  • Clare Dunne – Sure Look It, Fuck It, Herself
  • Sonya Kelly – Furniture, How to Keep an Alien
  • Mark O’Rowe – Temple, The Delinquent Season, Intermission
  • Moderator: Clare Dwyer Hogg – Development Executive, Element Pictures and Playwright

15:30 – 16:00 Tea / Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:10 My Thoughts Exactly… Presentation Oonagh Murphy – Director / Writer – Playboy of the Western World, Mouth of a Shark

16:10 – 17:00 Collaborative Practice – the Writer / Director / Producer Relationship Longtime collaborators producer Rebecca O’Flanagan and writer, director and novelist John Butler discuss their creative partnership. –

  • John Butler – Writer and Director – Papi Chulo, Handsome Devil, The Stag, Your Bad Self
  • Rebecca O’Flanagan – Producer, Treasure Entertainment – Papi Chulo, Handsome Devil, Viva, The Stag, The Running Mate, Finding Joy, Your Bad Self
  • Moderator: Mary Kate O’Flanagan – Writer and Story Consultant

17:00 – 18:00 Drinks Reception in the Lir – kindly sponsored by Wilde Irish Gin

18:15 Drinks in The Cellar Bar at The Ferryman


09:30 – 10:00 Tea / Coffee 10:00 – 10:10 Introduction to Day 2 from Co-Creative Director Katie Holly 10:10 – 10:40 The Power of Community Presentation Women on Air founder Margaret E. Ward on the importance of building a network and a community.

10:40 – 11:30 Demystifying Development What is the process of developing work for screen and how is it different to other artforms? Ruth McGowan finds out everything you ever wanted to know from our panel of development experts.

  • Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann – Development Producer, Element Pictures
  • Emma Norton – Producer, Element Pictures
  • Lucy Ryan – Script Editor
  • Moderator: Ruth McGowan – Festival Director – Dublin Fringe Festival, Dramaturg, Writer

11:30 – 12:00 Tea / Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:10 My Thoughts Exactly… Presentation Dee Roycroft – Writer, Story Editor (JAM Media/RTÉ/CBBC/Amazon)

12:10 – 13:00 Who’s Not In The Room? A panel on intersectionality in relation to the screen industry, exploring who is in the room and making work, who is represented in the work that is made and what we would challenge a group of creators to think about when conceiving and making work. –

  • Jordanne Jones – Actor and Activist
  • Áine Mulloy – Co-Founder, GirlCrew
  • Shannon Murray – Actor, Writer, Broadcaster, Disability Activist and Lawyer
  • Dr. Anne O’Brien – Maynooth University and The Motherhood Project
  • Moderator: Landon D. Reid – Lawyer / Consultant

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 14:50 From Page to Screen: A Conversation on Writing Prose and Writing for the Screen – Differences, Challenges, Opportunities Featuring author and screenwriter Anna McPartlin, publisher and novelist Sarah Davis Goff, and novelist/writer/director Virginia Gilbert: three panelists who embody a wealth and breadth of experience in publishing, writing novel-length fiction, adapting novels for the screen, and writing original work for television, stage, and film, as well as directing and producing. A conversation about moving from page to screen and all that it entails: how to begin; how to strategise; and what to look out for. Moderated by novelist and critic, Kevin Power.

  • Virginia Gilbert – Hesitation, Travelling Companion, Silent Witness
  • Sarah Davis-Goff – Tramp Press, Last One Left Alive
  • Anna McPartlin – The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, Striking Out
  • Moderator: Kevin Power – Bad Day in Blackrock

14:50 – 15:50 Break Out Sessions Networking and discussion sessions, and round table, topic based discussions Introduction from Co-Creative Director Lara Hickey

  1. Film Network Ireland, Paul Butler Lennox and Ray Mongey – Talk and Discussion on the skill of networking talk
  2. Directing nuts and bolts with Virginia Gilbert
  3. Documentary filmmaking with Sinead O’Shea
  4. Writing for animation discussion led by Dee Roycroft

15:50 – 16:10 Tea / Coffee Break

16:10 – 17:00 Film in Focus: A Date For Mad Mary Film and theatre duo Darren and Colin Thornton discuss the choices and challenges in adapting Yasmine Akram’s hit one woman stage show into the multi-award-winning film A Date For Mad Mary (https://bit.ly/2r2ipnf), joined by actors Seána Kerslake, who won the Bingham Ray New Talent Award and Charleigh Bailey, who won the 2017 IFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, for their performances.

  • Charleigh Bailey – Actor, Charlene
  • Seána Kerslake – Actor, Mary
  • Colin Thornton – Writer
  • Darren Thornton – Writer and Director
  • Moderator: Tom Hall – Director, Modern Love, Sensation, Bachelor’s Walk

17:00 – 17:10 Closing Thoughts of Weekend One from Co-Creative Directors Katie Holly and Lara Hickey