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Talking TV Drama: Breaking Bad in Galway

Galway Film Centre are delighted to announce an exciting 2 day event in October 2011 for those interested in Writing for TV Drama. The event will feature writers/directors/producers from the US, Australia, the UK and Ireland.

One of the many highlights of the event will be an in depth interview with Vince Gilligan, creator and writer on Breaking Bad and also writer of multiple X-Files episodes. Breaking Bad has been named one of the best shows of 2011 by the American Film Institute and Stephen King hailed it as ‘the best of the 21st Century’. Other interesting events will include a workshop style session with Emmy winning director, Dearbhla Walsh and writer Fiona Seres focusing on The Silence, which attracted 5 million viewers in 2010.

Many other talented writers will also give their insights into various areas of TV Drama Writing. On Thursday evening, there will be a MEDIA reception evening. Screenings of some of the shows of the featured writers will be held over the 2 days.

Galway Film Centre Manager, Declan Gibbons added “we’re delighted that so many high calibre writers are attending this event and that there is so much Irish writing talent doing well in television internationally. These days the best screenwriters are arguably working in TV rather than in Film so this is a great opportunity to hear them speak and get an insight into how they work. As for Breaking Bad, it is quite simply essential viewing. Nail biting drama with great characters, it’s up there with the best of US Drama like The Wire or The Sopranos.”

Full programme is below. (Full Biographies of all attendees are on our website.) This event is run in partnership with GMIT, Fás Screen Training Ireland, the BAI and TG4.

When & Where: October 20th and 21st, 2011, The Harbour Hotel, Galway City.
Fee: €75 unwaged/ €85 waged. Please note places are limited for this event. Please contact info@galwayfilmcentre.ie for more information.
More info at: 091-770748 or info@galwayfilmcentre.ie
Follow event on: Facebook (Galway Film Centre) or Twitter(@galwayfilmcentr #tvdramagalway)

Thursday October 20th
12:30pm: Screening of Episode One of Season Three of Breaking Bad.

Thursday October 20th
2:00 pm: Talking Nuts ‘n’ Bolts: What do agents/producers/broadcasters look for from writers?
Stephen Wright (Acting Head of Drama) – BBC Northern Ireland
Liz Lewin (Producer at Company Pictures) – Playing The Field / Teachers / Beaver Falls
Ligeia Marsh (Literary Agent) – The Writers’ Company
Declan Croghan (Writer) – Waking The Dead / Murder Prevention / The Body Farm
Mícheál Ó Meallaigh (Commissioning Editor) – TG4
Ciarán Kissane (Head of Contract Awards) – BAI
Eibhlín Ní Mhunghaile (Chair) – Co-ordinator of MEDIA Antenna Galway

3.45pm    Main Interview: Deconstructing Breaking Bad: An in depth look at the approach to writing on Breaking Bad.
Vince Gilligan – (Writer & Executive Producer) Breaking Bad/ The X Files
Felim Mac Dermott Chair: GMIT Lecturer

6.45pm Fáiltiú MEDIA /MEDIA Networking Reception
Pick up a copy of the European TV Drama Guide

Friday October 21st
9.30am Creative Writing: Thinking Inside the Box: An exploration of writers’ creative approach to TV Drama Writing.
Declan Croghan (Writer) – Waking The Dead / Murder Prevention / The Body Farm
Vince Gilligan (Writer) – Breaking Bad / The X Files
Muirinn Lane Kelly (Writer) – Raw / Mistresses / Waterloo Road
Darach Mac Con Iomaire (Writer) – Corp + Anam / Peadairín na Stoirme
Lauren MacKenzie (Writer) – The Clinic / Pure Mule / Na Cloigne
Lisa McGee (Writer) – Being Human / Raw / The Things I Haven’t Told You
Len Collin (Chair / Writer) – The Bill, Ultimate Force, Holby City, Soldier Soldier

1.30pm: Screening of Episode One of The Silence.

2:30 pm The Director is the Writer’s Friend, not the Enemy: A workshop style session looking at specific scenes  & the challenges faced by the writer & director while working on The Silence.

Dearbhla Walsh (Director) -The Silence/ Shameless / Funland / Custer’s Last Stand Up
Fiona Seres (Writer) – The Silence / Tangle / Love My Way / Dangerous

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