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Additional Guests Confirmed for Give Me Direction

27th May 2010 Tickets For This Event Go On Sale Tomorrow

Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, is delighted to confirm additional guests for the second GIVE ME DIRECTION Screenwriting Conference on June 17th and 18th and to announce that tickets for this event go on sale tomorrow 28th May 2010 at 12pm at www.jdiff.com.

Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show; Four Lions), Alice Lowe and Jacqueline Wright (Garth Marenghi, Hot Fuzz and Jackal Films) and Stephen Woolley (Made In Dagenham; Perrier's Bounty) have been added a line-up which already features Bobby Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber; There's Something About Mary) and Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money; Please Give).

WHEN:   Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June 2010

WHERE:
 Cineworld, Parnell Street and The Morrison Hotel in Dublin

Tickets can be purchased for €50 each and will go on sale on a first come 
first served basis tomorrow
Friday 28th of May at 12pm from http://www.jdiff.com/.


CONFIRMED GUESTS

Bobby Farrelly (Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal)
Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money, Please Give)
Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Four Lions)
Stephen Woolley (Stoned, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Perrier's Bounty)
Alice Lowe and Jacqueline Wright (Jackal Films)

CURATORS

Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Angelo's)
Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage)
Pat McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto)

GIVE ME DIRECTION is proudly supported by IADT National Film School and Huston School of Film and Digital Media.

Biographies:

BOBBY FARRELLY, along with his brother Peter, is known for some outrageous hit comedies. He grew up in Rhode Island and on the shores of Massachusetts and in the mid-80s moved to Los Angeles to work with Peter as a screenwriting team. In 1994 their film Dumb and Dumber teamed Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in a flat-out celebration of stupidity, pratfalls and bodily functions.  With Peter at the helm and Bobby co-producing, the low-budget comedy became a blockbuster. Bobby then went to co-direct and co-write highly successful comedy feature films including Kingpin (1996), There's Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Shallow Hal (2001), Fever Pitch (2005), The Ringer (2005) and The Heartbreak Kid (2007).  Bobby recently completed their first documentary, The Lost Son Of Havana based on the life of ball player Luis Tiant. The pair also just completed principal photography on Hall Pass starring Owen Wilson due to come out in February 2011. Up next for Bobby is a feature version of the Three Stooges set to begin in early 2011. 

Writer-director NICOLE HOLOFCENER was born in New York City and moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was twelve. She worked on several movies as a production assistant and as an apprentice editor before attending the Columbia Graduate Film Program. Her first feature, Walking and Talking, premiered at the 1996 Sundance Festival and sold to Miramax. Her second film, Lovely & Amazing, was released by Lions Gate.  She has since made Friends with Money and her latest is Please Give starring Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt and Rebecca Hall. Nicole has also directed several episodes of television, such as Sex and the CitySix Feet Under, and most recently, Bored To Death. She lives in Venice, California.

JESSE ARMSTRONG and SAM BAIN met at Manchester University on a creative writing course. Sam went on to write a novel (Yours Truly Pierre Stone, published by IMP Fiction) and Jesse worked for the Labour Home Affairs team before they began writing together full-time in 1997. They have written for Smack the Pony, The Big Breakfast, That Mitchell and Webb Look and a number of other childrens shows and sketch shows.  They are the writers and co-creators of six series of Channel 4's BAFTA-winning Peep Show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Four Lions which they co-wrote with Chris Morris was released on May 7th in the UK.   Jesse also writes on BBC's The Thick Of It and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010for his work on the script of In The Loop. Sam and Jesse are currently working on series 2 of their BBC1 series The Old Guys, series 7 of Peep Show and have a feature film in development. 

STEPHEN WOOLLEY has spent a lifetime steeped in movies and filmmaking. His career began in 1976 at the Screen on the Green cinema in London where he tore tickets, sold ice cream, projected films and helped manage the cinema. After working with The Other Cinema he programmed and subsequently owned his own cinema, The Scala, which won acclaim for its diverse, original and alternative programming. In 1982, Woolley launched Palace Video in partnership with Nik Powell, releasing titles such as Eraserhead and Mephisto. During this period Woolley's producing career flourished, with a diverse range of critically acclaimed and successful films including the controversial Absolute Beginners, Golden Globe nominated dance comedy Shag, Scandal, The Big Man, A Rage in Harlem and The Pope Must Die. Breakfast on Pluto, continued Woolley's long-term partnership with director Neil Jordan which began with The Company of Wolves in 1983. His other collaborations include The Miracle, The Butcher Boy, The Good Thief, the Oscar-nominated The End of The Affair, Michael Collins, Interview With The Vampire, and Oscar-winning The Crying Game, for which in 1992 Woolley was awarded Producer of The Year by the Producer's Guild of America. Woolley also produced Jordan's Oscar nominated Mona Lisa which won numerous international awards. In 2005 Woolley made his directorial debut with Stoned. His recent projects as producer with Elizabeth Karlsen have included And When Did You Last See Your Father?, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, Sounds Like Teen Spirit and Perrier's Bounty. Forthcoming projects include The Lonely Doll and Made in Dagenham.

In 2000 ALICE LOWE won the Perrier Award for her role in Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, a show which went on to be C4 cult hit Darkplace, in which she starred as Liz Asher. Her numerous comedy roles include appearances in The Mighty Boosh, Little Britain, The I.T. Crowd, Pulling, Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive and Edgar Wright's movie blockbuster Hot Fuzz. She recently wrote sketches for the BAFTA winning Harry and Paul in which she stars in various supporting roles. Last year she supported Steve Coogan on his nationwide tour. Alice has written several award winning short films, including Sticks & Balls which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. She is currently writing a feature film The Sightseers for Film4 and BigTalk, to be executive produced by Edgar Wright and directed by Ben Wheatley. Alice co-wrote and co-starred in all-female E4 sketch show Beehive and her pilot LifeSpam was recently broadcast on BBC3 to critical acclaim. Alice is also the lead in the first film, Dead Happy, which will premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2010. Alice performs live character comedy on the London circuit.

Alice's regular collaborations with director  JACQUELINE WRIGHT have led to the creation of their Jackal Films internet project, where they aim to make a film every month in 2010  http://www.jackalfilms.co.uk/.  In a response to the recession and film and TV industry cutbacks, they wanted to challenge themselves to continue to produce high quality material and scripts. The films are all completely self-funded and low budget!  

Curator's Biographies

LENNY ABRAHAMSON was born in Dublin in 1966. He studied physics followed by philosophy in TCD. After college he directed the short film 3 Joes which won the Best European Short Film award at the 1991 Cork Film Festival and the Organiser's Award at the 1992 Oberhausen Short Film Festival.  He went on to direct numerous commercials for television in Ireland, the UK and worldwide. His first feature film, Adam & Paul, written by Mark O'Halloran, was released in August 2004 and quickly became a critical and box office hit in Ireland.  It won the Galway Film Fleadh as well as being nominated for eight IFTA Awards, winning the award for Best Director.  In 2005 it played in Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival, Panorama section and won both the Grand Prix and the International Critics Prize at the Sofia International Film Festival.  It was nominated in the European Screenwriter category at the European Film Awards. His second feature, Garage, written by Mark O'Halloran, produced by Ed Guiney of Element Pictures and starring Pat Shortt, premiered in the Director's Fortnight selection, Cannes '07 where it won the Art Cinema prize. It was selected for Toronto, Stockholm, Pusan, London and Turin where it won the prize for Best Film. It recently played in cinemas across France and the UK getting great reviews in both territories. Garage won all the major film categories at the 2008 IFTAs. Also in collaboration with Mark O'Halloran, Lenny made Prosperity, a series of four one-hour films for television, broadcast September 2007 on RTE. Prosperity won Best Director (Television) and Best Script (Television) at the 2008 IFTAs.

SHARON HORGAN is an award winning Irish writer, actress and comedienne. After studying an English degree at Brunel University, Sharon won the BBC New Comedy award for sketch writing in 2001 with her writing partner Dennis Kelly. Sharon is the star and co-writer of the BBC comedy show, Pulling, for which she was BAFTA nominated in 2009 and won best Television Comedy Actress at the British Comedy Award 2008. She has written and appeared in shows such as Angelo's, The Pilot Show and the first series of The Friday Night Project while her acting credits include Stanley Park, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Free Agents,  Absolute Power, Broken News and Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive. She appeared in the feature film Imagine Me and You, and provided a voice in the animated film Valiant. She has written for many comedy shows, including the acclaimed animated sketch show Monkey Dust. Horgan also writes an occasional column for The Guardian.

Playwright and novelist PAT McCABE was born in Monaghan. He is the author of several novels, including The Butcher Boy (1992), a black comedy narrated by a disturbed young slaughterhouse worker, which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction; The Dead School (1995); and Breakfast on Pluto (1998). The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.. A film adaptation of The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan was first screened in 1996. He collaborated with Jordan again on the screenplay of Breakfast On Pluto which was produced in 2007 starring Cillian Murphy. His novel, Winterwood, was published in 2006, and was named the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year. His latest novel is The Holy City (2008). Pat is the co-writer of Chez Spuds, the online series shortlisted for RTÉs Storyland competition in 2009. Currently he has a number of feature film projects in development and has just completed a screenplay with Kevin Allen entitled The Man From God Knows Where.

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