• For over sixteen years, award-winning Irish composer, Stephen Rennicks, has been crafting inimitable soundtracks for the best of independent cinema and television in Ireland, the UK, Europe and America. Rennicks is best known for his collaboration with director Lenny Abrahamson on works such as the Oscar nominated 'Room' and together they have formed one of Irish cinemas most successful and enduring partnerships. 17th November 2015.

  • Carmel Winters studied Drama and English at Trinity College Dublin where she was awarded several prizes for outstanding academic achievement. Her debut feature film 'Snap', which she wrote and directed, received its World Premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and went on to win the prestigious Variety Critics Choice Award at the Karlovy-Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. 13th March 2015.

  • John Crowley is an Irish television, theatre and film director. He is best known for directing 'Brooklyn' (2015) and his feature film debut 'Intermission' (2003). Crowley earned a BA in English and Philosophy (1990) and an MA in Philosophy (1992) from University College Cork. Crowley became involved in theatre as a student, seeing it as a stepping stone to directing film. He began directing plays in Dublin in the early 90s, reached London's West End by 1996 and eventually became an associate director at the Donmar Warehouse.

  • Declan Recks is a graduate of DunLaoghaire College of Art and Design (Dublin), and UCLA Extension (Los Angeles), where he studied film and television. His early short films won several awards and played at numerous festivals worldwide. He has been nominated for an IFTA for Best Director on 4 occasions and won in 2005 for his direction of the critically acclaimed ratings hit 'Pure Mule'. His film, 'Eden', was the closing film at the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and has since been shown at over 40 film festivals worldwide.

  • Award-winning director, writer and actor Gerard Hurley (The Pier; The Pride). Having lived and worked in New York for several years, Gerard returned to his native West Cork and established the film company that would oversee the production of his award-winner second feature film, The Pier. (2013)

  • Co-founder and co-director of the Schull film festival, and film composer Maurice Roycroft. As well as former collaborations with singer Gavin Friday, Maurice has worked with Jim Sheridan on several films, including In America and The Boxer, composed songs that featured on Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge and Julian Schnabel's Basquiat. (30th January, 2013)

  • Irish actor and director Terry McMahon. Terry has a number of acting credits, including work with Christopher Nolan in Batman Begins,but his prolific career extends also to Paul Ziller’s feature Moving Target, and numerous appearances on Fair City. Last year directed his first feature, the controversial Charlie Casanova. (6th February, 2013)

  • Casting director Louise Kiely. Louise has been working in the casting of roles for theatre, film and television since 2005. As well as having worked on Marian Quinn’s feature film 32A and Parked by Darragh Byrne, she was recently responsible for casting Jack Reynor in Lenny Abrahamson’s highly critically acclaimed latest feature production What Richard Did. (19th February, 2013)

  • Irish artist and film director Catherine Owens is best known for her collaborative work as a director for visual content and in particular as the creative director of screen imagery for the Irish band U2 on their last five world tours. She is the co-director of the film titled U23D, which was made for 3D Imax and 3D Digital theatrical release in 2008. The New York Times hailed it as “The first IMAX movie that deserves to be called a work of art.” Owens’ most recent film, Colin Dunne: Sculpting Space, a3D documentary on the Irish dancer, recently premiered at the Dublin Film Festival (21st February, 2013).

  • Since 2001 Marc Isaacs has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards, as well as numerous international film festival prizes.In 2006 he had a retrospective at the prestigious Lussas Documentary Film Festival in France and in 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. His new film, The Road: A Story of Life and Death is currently premiering in festivals and film theatres and will be screened on Monday 25th February, 2013.

  • Tom Hickey is one of the leading Irish actors of his generation. He has worked extensively at Ireland’s national theatre, The Abbey Theatre, from the seventies onwards, the Gate Theatre Dublin, the Gate’s Samuel Beckett Festival at the Lincoln Centre New York. His most important roles on the British stage include Jack in Conor McPherson’s The Weir in London’s West End and UK tour and, most recently, in the West End production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. His extensive film career has included appearances in Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan), Inside I’m Dancing (Damian O’Donnell), Headrush (Shimmy Marcus), Coney Island Baby (Amy Hobby), Possession (Neil LaBute), The Last September (Deborah Warner), The Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan), All Souls Day (Alan Gilsenan), Gold in The Streets (Elizabeth Gill), An Awfully Big Adventure (Mike Newell), Circle of Friends(Pat O’Connor), Moondance (Dagmar Hirtz), Raining Stones (Ken Loach), The Miracle (Neil Jordan), Fools of Fortune (Pat O’Connor), Nuns on the Run (Jonathan Lynn), My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan), High Spirits (Neil Jordan), Gothic (Ken Russell), Cal (Pat O’Connor), Flight of the Doves (Ralph Nelson). ?Tom recently appeared in Mark O’Halloran’s film Garage directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Gerard Stembridge’s Alarm, and Abrahamson’s What Richard Did. Television work includes: Black Day at Black Rock (RTE), The Bill (ITV), Seascape (RTE), The Treaty (RTE), Valentine Fall (Channel 4), Saracen (Central/ITV), The Manions of America (ABC), Play for Today (BBC), The Riordans (RTE). (5th March, 2013)
  • Kirsten Sheridan is an Irish film director and screenwriter. The director of August Rush (2007) and Disco Pigs (2001), Sheridan was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the semi-autobiographical film In America with her father, director Jim Sheridan, and her sister, Naomi Sheridan. (15th November, 2013)
  • Writer-Director Oonagh Kearney's introduction to film began with casting Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2005. The following year, Oonagh moved to London to study at the National Film and Television School. Upon graduating, Oonagh cast five feature films. Since 2009, she has written and directed some award-winning shorts and shown her work at international festivals. Oonagh was selected as a UK Guiding Lights director in 2011. Since 2012, she lectures part-time on the BA in Film in the University of Suffolk. (19th March, 2013)

  • Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor and has worked on everything from music videos and commercials to motion capture animation, scripted and reality television, and fiction and non-fiction film. Scott’s documentary The Garden was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary feature

  • Chris O’Dell BSC is a photographer and cinematographer. He travelled widely in the 70s and 80s filming current affairs programmes and documentaries of every kind, including “Cosmos” with Carl Sagan, and “The Heart of the Dragon”, the story of China, for Channel 4. He ran a successful production company, Screenlife Productions, making arts and music programmes for the BBC and other clients. Since 1990 he has photographed many successful TV drama series including Agatha Christie’s PoirotSharpe, HornblowerInspector Morse, the Morse sequel Lewis, and many single dramas. He was chairman of the 2009 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival. (26th March, 2013)
  • Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin in 1966. He studied physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. While at university he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours (gold medal). His first short film, 3 Joes, 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 directed numerous commercials for television in Ireland, the UK and worldwide before taking the helm on his first feature film, Adam & Paul, a stylized downbeat comedy written by Mark O'Halloran and released in 2004. Adam and Paul won the Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Sofia International Film Festival. His second feature film, Garage, another collaboration with writer Mark O' Halloran, was selected for Director's Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and won the CICAE Art and Essai award. The film also won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs). Lenny has also directed for television: his four one-hour TV films for RTE, Prosperity, also won the Best Director for TV award 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards. What Richard Did, his third feature, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. The film, written by Malcolm Campbell, presents a stark portrait of a privileged Dublin teen whose world unravels with one summer night. What Richard Did premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was also selected for the 2012 BFI London Film Festival. Lenny's fourth feature, Frank, a comedy about a young wannabe musician starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson, will be shooting in Winter 2012.

  • After receiving a BA in Theatre and English and an MA in Film, Rebecca Daly made her first short film, Joyriders in 2007. In 2008 Rebecca was one of six international filmmakers selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence du Festival in Paris. Rebecca has been invited to submit for the Sundance NHK Director & Screenwriting Awards.  The Other Side of Sleep is 
    her debut feature.

Public Lectures


  • Gerard Stembridge (writer and director)(11th November 2014)

  • Carl Davies (Oscar-nominated composer)(16th December 2013)

  • Betsy Blair (Best Supporting Actress nomination for Marty, 1955)
  • Jack Cardiff (cinematographer and director)
  • Lord David Puttnam (producer) launched the UCC MA in FILM STUDIES with a public lecture titled "Why Film Matters - Maybe More Than Ever!
  • Margo Harkin is an Irish filmmaker. Best known for the drama Hush-a-Bye Baby and the documentary Bloody Sunday: A Derry Diary, Harkin produced the surfing documentary Waveriders in 2008.


Conference Keynotes


  • Prof. Stella Bruzzi (Warwick)
  • Prof. Tim Bergfelder (Southampton)
  • Prof. Raymond Bellour (CNR, Paris)
  • Prof. Angela Dalle Vacche (Georgia Tech)
  • Prof. Patricia Zimmerman (Ithaca College, New York)
  • Prof. Roger Odin (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3)
  • Prof. Diane Negra (University College Dublin)
  • Prof. Martin McLoone (University of Ulster, Coleraine)
  • Dr Ruth Barton (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Prof. Brian McIlroy (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)
  • Prof. Lucy Fisher (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Prof. John Mundy (Central Lancashire)


Research Seminars


  • Prof. Chris Berry, King's College, London. "Public Screens, Public Cultures: Screen Cultures in Cairo, London and Shanghai"
  • Dr Richard Kilborn, University of Stirling, UK. (2013): "Taking the long view: some reflections on longitudinal documentary"
  • Charles Barr (Film Historian): “Alfred Hitchcock's Titanic: the Film that Never Was” (2013)

  • Dr Stefano Baschiera, Queen's University Belfast: 'A vintage world: Objects and domestic spaces in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (2012)
  • Dr Ivelise Perniola (Università degli Studi Roma III): “The Return of the Real in Contemporary Italian cinema” (2012)
  • Sarah Dillon (Irish Film Board): “A Guide to Board Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board" (2011)
  • Prof. Elizabeth Cowie (University of Kent): "The Time of Cinema and Film Studies Now" (2011)

  • Prof. Brian Winston (Lincoln): 'Hell of a Good Sail, Sorry No Whales' (2009)

  • Prof. Phil Powrie (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne): "I'm only here for the beer": Post-tourism and the recycling of French heritage films; 'Of suits and men in the films of Luc Besson'

  • Prof. Sam Rohdie (Queen's University, Belfast): 'Film and Landscape'

  • Prof. Francesco Casetti (Università Cattolica, Milan/Yale): 'To Make The Truth. Rhetoric and Pragmatics of the Neorealist Film'

  • Prof. Ewa Mazierska (Central Lancashire): 'Nanni Moretti: Portrait of the Humble Artist'

  • Prof. Ruggero Eugeni (Università Cattolica, Milan): 'Defining the Filmic Rhythm: On the Beginnings and Endings of Pinocchio'

  • Ms Pauline Small (Queen Mary, University Of London): 'Heritage Cinema - Italian Style'

  • Dr Chris Wagstaff (University of Reading): 'Direction in Vittorio De Sica's Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves, 1948)'
  • Prof. Maria Pramaggiore (NC State University) on: Barry Lyndon and visual art

  • Dr Frances Guerin (University of Kent)

  • Edward Buscombe: on the Western and Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven

  • Kevin Brownlow (Oscar winner and BFI fellow) on: It Happened Here
  • Pat McGilligan (biographer, film historian and writer)

  • Tony Tracy (National University of Ireland, Galway)


Discipline of Film and Screen Media

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