Mary Raftery Journalism Fund announces details of ‘Investigative Documentary Filmmaking’ Seminar

Mary Raftery Journalism Fund announces details of ‘Investigative Documentary Filmmaking’ Seminar

 MRJF in association with IFI /BAI / RTÉ /DCU



Irish Film Institute, Eustace St. Dublin 2

11.00 -17.00, Friday 14th October 2016

“Investigations 2016: Inside the World of Investigative Documentary Filmmaking” is a day-long seminar featuring screenings and discussions chaired by three leading broadcasters; Olivia O’Leary, Miriam O’Callaghan and Aine Lawlor. The seminar will run from 11am to 5pm in the Irish Film Institute and will be opened with an address by Dee Forbes, Director General, RTÉ.

 Following hugely successful events in 2014 and 2015, this year’s seminar will explore two key themes – the legacy of investigative documentary making and the legal responsibilities a filmmaker has. Areas under discussion will include the long-term impact of investigative documentary films on society, history and participants and the responsibility involved in handling research and undercover work.

 In the morning, commencing at 11am, there will be an opportunity to see The Gallagher Story, the documentary by Mary Raftery on the corruption of property tycoon Patrick Gallagher. The legacy of the documentary, which first aired 26 years ago, and the issues raised in the film will be explored in a discussion after the screening facilitated by RTÉ broadcaster and journalist Miriam O’Callaghan. The discussion will feature Frank McDonald (former Environment Editor of The Irish Times), who also featured in the original documentary and Jim Sheridan (Oscar-nominated producer/director).

 The afternoon session will kick off at 2pm with a rare opportunity to hear from the internationally recognised investigative documentary film maker, Janet Traynor (RTÉ Investigations Unit). This unique masterclass will see journalist and broadcaster, Olivia O’ Leary, chair a public interview with the award-winning producer/director and will be followed by an audience Q&A.

 The second afternoon session, commencing at 3.45pm, will be chaired by RTÉ journalist and broadcaster, Aine Lawlor. The discussion will focus on the legal and ethical obligations of handling research and undercover work and will feature Conor Horgan (Director, The Queen of Ireland), Andrea Martin (Media Lawyer) and Ides Debruyne (Managing Director,

For tickets & event details, see Tickets (€5 per session/€10 for 3 sessions) are available from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477(€10 offer not available online or via email).

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