John Kelly presents Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywood, the story of the men and women who changed how the Irish were portrayed in cinema forever more. From New York to Boston to the canyons of Monument Valley, the presenter explores how such cinematic legends as James Cagney, John Ford, Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby helped bring a number of Irish characters, such as policemen, strong Irish women, chancers and priests, to the big screen.
It follows the Irish story in America during the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, a time when many Irish immigrants rose from the slums of New York City to the bright lights of Hollywood.
Here they produced some of the most iconic film producers and actors in cinema history.
‘Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywoo’ was produced by Gerald Heffernan and directed by Gerry Hoban. It airs tonight, April 4th 2013 @ 10.15pm on RTÉ One
‘The Gambler’ is a fly-on-the-wall documentary following professional gambler John O’Shea over six of the most important months in his gambling life, from the Irish Poker Open through to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and a lot of madness in between.
Directed by Ross Whitaker and produced by Jamie D’alton of Motive Television, ‘The Gambler’ will be aired on Setanta Sports on Friday, April 5 at 10pm.
Stephen has recently started recording voices for ‘Wildernuts’, a 26 part animation series which will air on RTÉJr this summer.
‘Wildernuts’, written and directed by Andrew Kavanagh of Kavaleer Productions is a quest-themed show that aims to introduce young children to the wonders of their natural habitat. It follows five heroes as they explore a colourful island world on their flying ship, The Cloud Hopper.
In December, I offered 3 of my mailing list readers the chance to have a track mixed by me for free as a thank you for subscribing and reading in 2012.
I ended up picking 4 tracks, but out of the 4 picked, only 2 artists got the necessary materials to me within the time frame I set out. As well as offering the mixes as a form of thanks, I wanted to share the music of my readers to the rest of the list and offer a good chance for artists to promote themselves. I find it strange that people don’t act more definitely on these opportunities, but that’s a topic for another day! I’m really happy with the mixes I did receive and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the music.
The first track mixed as part of the promotion is ‘San Francisco’ by Selfish Lovers, a UK-based band with a pure pop sound and a wide variety of influences. On first listening to the song, I planned to emphasize the clarity of the vocals/harmonies, the driving power of the rhythm section, wide layered guitars and bright synth sounds. I had a lot of fun with this track and I’m delighted with how it turned out. Here’s what the band had to say about the track themselves:
“The main thing that we agree on about your mix is that it brings real clarity and separation to the instruments, allowing there to be space for them to stand out individually, whilst helping them to gel collectively. You’ve made judicious use of EQs, much more than on the original, which contributes to the finished sound being crystal clear. We’ve played it on numerous systems, lo and hi-fi, and there’s a consistency that is one of the most difficult things to achieve.
Have a listen to the rough mix and my finished mix (unmastered) yourselves and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Finally, here’s the mastered version:
The next track to be featured as part of the promotion is ‘Circle’ by Thomas Orsi!
Strictly Am-Dram follows a diverse number of amateur drama groups from different parts of Ireland in the build up to their annual event, the All-Ireland Finals, held in Athlone in May each year.
The 6 episode series was produced and directed by David Power of Power Pictures, narrated by Carrie Crowley and will air on RTÉ this spring.
If you have any interest in the music industry and don’t watch Pensado’s Place, I strongly encourage you to check it out!
The weekly show is the number one place to get insider mixing information from industry professionals at the top of their game. Pensado’s Place and Indaba Music have teamed up on a number of occasions to offer opportunities to mixers around the world. The latest competition involved taking the stems for the song “Blades (Feat. Daenine)” from Indaba Music member The Maniac Agenda and creating the best mix possible.
If you’ve entered a mix in the competition, let me hear it! Leave a comment below.
Don’t forget to check out Pensado’s Place…
Airing in February 2013, Bliain In Arainn Mhór is a four-part series following life on the island, from a number of different perspectives filmed over 12 months the series features the old and the young; those from the island and those who have moved there more recently; those familiar with and still practicing the traditional way of life and those eager to embrace a new and different approach to life on this harsh yet beautiful outpost.
Bliain in Arainn Mhór was produced by David Power of Power Pictures.
‘Tommy Bowe’s Bodycheck’ aired last night (Sunday 24th February 2013) on RTÉ1. The documentary gives a unique insight into what it takes to rise to the top of the modern game of professional rugby.
Produced by Conor Moloney and directed by Peter Murphy of Independent Pictures, ‘Tommy Bowe’s Bodycheck’ focuses on the rugby star’s return to action after a long lay-off.
Celebrity chefs Derry Clarke and Clodagh McKenna are taking part in a one-off Christmas special called Food Fight. Each chef is taken from the comfort of their own kitchens, spirited away and given the task of designing the ultimate Christmas-themed restaurant.
Not knowing where they are going, or who they are up against, the programme sees our chefs transported to a secret location (Gorey, Co Wexford) where two similarly-sized eating establishments agreed to allow them to take over for four days.
Each chef will have just 24 hours to revamp their restaurant, meet and train their staff, devise and cook menus which will ultimately win over the locals when they open for business for the next two nights.
The Gorey gourmets will judge both of the newly run establishments with their wallets, as the diners will compare and criticise both venues and leave comment cards telling the chefs what they really thought of their night out.
The chef with the most profits will be crowned the victor of Food Fight – Christmas special.
The show aired on RTE on the 26th of December and it was nice to work with Director, Ciaran Gallagher again. The show was produced by Another Avenue.