Limerick plays host to film industry event

Dr Susan Liddy

by Alan Jacques

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Dr Susan Liddy
Dr Susan Liddy

MARY Immaculate College will play host to film and television executives, writers, producers and directors this Friday, March 4 for an international event examining how best to increase the numbers of women in the industry.

‘Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre’ was conceived and organised by Dr Susan Liddy of Mary Immaculate College’s Department of Media and Communications.

Among those attending are writer/directors Liz Gill (‘Goldfish Memory’), Marian Quinn (’32A’) and writer Lauren McKenzie whose work includes ‘Bachelors Walk’, ‘Pure Mule’ and ‘Red Rock’. The keynote address will be delivered by Anna Serner, director of the Swedish Film Institute, who will reflect on ‘The Swedish Model: Theory and Practice’.

“This event will highlight the issues, point to gaps in our knowledge and identify common concerns. Hopefully it will also identify strategies that can be used to rectify the existing imbalance and create a more equal industry for the 21st century,” Dr Liddy explained.

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“It’s open to everyone and I would urge anyone with an interest in film, the Irish film industry or equality issues generally to come along. I think there’ll be some robust and passionate debates which should make for a very interesting day,” she added.

‘Women in the Irish Film Industry: From the Margins to the Centre’ runs from 10am to 4.30pm this Friday, March 4 in Tara room T118 in Mary Immaculate College. An ‘early bird’ rate of €15 is currently available and includes coffees and lunch. Enquiries to [email protected].