Screen Directors Guild Celebrates 10 years
We are delighted to announce SDGI is 10 years old.
On September 22nd one of the largest gatherings of Irish and international film and television directors took place to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI).
The day-long event included masterclass sessions presented by internationally acclaimed directors Sir Alan Parker (The Commitments) and Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist, The World is Not Enough). The masterclasses will be available on SDGI’s podcast channel on iTunes in the next few weeks.
In the evening, Irish directors gathered at the Gala Awards Dinner with Sir Alan Parker and Michael Apted, who were presented with honorary membership of the SDGI. The directors were approached by SDGI in recognition of their enthusiasm to celebrate Irish filmmaking.
Sir Alan Parker’s long, varied and hugely successful body of work includes The Commitments, one of the most popular Irish films ever. Sir Alan was presented with his honorary membership by the novelist who penned the book on which this film was based, Roddy Doyle.
Michael Apted’s career is no less impressive than that of Sir Alan Parker, with credits on massively popular and memorable films such as Gorillas in the Mist, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Nell, and his work on television includes the groundbreaking 7 Up series, where the director visits a group of people in seven year intervals to document their lives. He has just finished shooting the latest chapter in The Chronicles of Narnia series, which is due for release in December.
The Awards dinner also paid tribute to the winner of this year’s Directors Finders Series, an annual initiative of the Guild, which is vital to developing and showcasing Irish filmmaking talent. The winner of this year’s prestigious award is Ian Power and his film The Runway, which screened to great acclaim at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.
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