Brighton (in the UK)-based actor Ralph Brown reported earlier today on Twitter that he had been at a read-through for "I, Anna" with Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne.
Mr. Brown has worked with Gabriel before, a long time ago, on "Dark Obsession." *cough, splutter, etc*
I don't know much about the film that you haven't already read elsewhere, for example the official website of Embargo Films but I'm hugely pleased to see that it has progressed to script-reading stage at least. Fellow Twitterer Rob Lord is also involved in the film, doing the music.
Ireland’s cultural ambassador vows to protect London center By MOLLY MULDOON, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5:05 AMUpdated Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5:05 AM
Gabriel Byrne Ireland’s Cultural Ambassador, Gabriel Byrne has vowed to support a campaign in London to save the Irish Cultural center in Hammersmith, which has been threatened with closure after the local council announced plans to sell off it’s building, once the current lease expires.
With a £130 million debt, the Conservative, which is controlled by Hammersmith and Fulham council plans to sell the building once the center’s lease expires in March 2012.
Representatives from the cultural center will appeal to councilors this Wednesday night as they urge them to extend the existing lease, or to offer them more time to raise funds to purchase the building.
In support of the campaign, actor Gabriel Byrne said: “[Its] closing would be a devastation for Irish culture in Britain. We must by all means prevent this, not only for this generation alone but for those who follow.”
Ireland’s former Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, who visited the center during his leadership said it had “done outstanding work” and that he strongly supports the calls for the organization to be given “time and space” to raise the money.
The center has been in operation since 1995 and organizers have collected more than 6,000 signatures over recent weeks in support of their campaign.
Jim O’Hara, the centers chairman will give a five-minute presentation to councilors on Wednesday.
“The board signed the lease and returned it to the council in January 2010 and nothing more was heard until the leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council, Stephen Greenhalgh, informed the Irish Ambassador to Britain, Bobby McDonagh, and Mr O’Hara in June 2010 that the council would not be proceeding with the lease after all due to financial issues,” said the center in a letter supporting the petition,
The chairman noted the center had established an international reputation as a place of excellence for arts and education, along with providing other services to the Irish community in based in London.
“The council has stated that it wishes to put people and services before buildings. The loss of this building would destroy all the many services, educational, welfare and cultural, which are provided in the centre. It would deliver a major blow to a great number of people who live and work in the borough both within the Irish and the wider communities,” said Mr O’Hara.
Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. IFI exhibits the finest in independent, Irish and international cinema; preserves Ireland’s moving image heritage at the Irish Film Archive, and encourages engagement with film through a variety of educational programmes.
The Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art boasts an international film collection of over 22,000 films and four million film stills from all periods and genres. The collection which is held in the Museum’s Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center is showcased through a dynamic programme of film exhibition at MOMA’s Manhattan premises.
Revisiting the Quiet Man : Ireland & the Irish On Screen
This film programme, curated by Gabriel Byrne, in conjunction with IFI and MOMA, takes The Quiet Man, John Ford’s iconic vision of Ireland in the 1950s as its point of departure. Ford’s preoccupation with exile, identity, history, sex and the church has been shared by filmmakers since the dawn of cinema and provides the framework for this programme drawn from a broad sweep of Irish and Irish American feature films.
The programme which provides a new context for US Irish “classics” will also include a selection of recently discovered US Irish emigrant films from the 1910s and 20s; feature films from the early days of Ardmore Studios and several contemporary Irish feature films.
Of course no one misses it! It was the year that that all the world’s people (with few exceptions) were plagued by unremitting anxiety and deep depression. And with good reason: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the global economic downturn, climate change, and, yes, the angst-fest known as Black Swan (more on that later). Yet a small but ardent group of television viewers managed to hold on to hope and change for one more year. How? By watching fictional characters work through their anxiety and depression of course!
I’m referring to the third season of In Treatment, HBO’s shrink drama starring Gabriel Byrne. In my opinion, it was the best television show of 2010. As of now, however, HBO has not announced whether or not In Treatment will be returning for a fourth season in 2011, and the internet rumor mill has it that Byrne may have had enough of playing boundary-crossing, therapist-baiting, compassionate, arrogant, befuddled, all-too-human therapist Paul Weston.
If you’ve never seen In Treatment, picture this: two people in a room, one whining, the other nodding. Television doesn’t get any better than that! No, really, television doesn’t get any better than that. For three seasons now, what’s transpired in that room, especially between Paul and his first therapist Gina (played by Dianne Wiest) and then, this season, his new therapist (played by Amy Ryan) has been such gripping, compelling drama that it’s hard to imagine it may have come to an end.
So, here are just some of the reasons to hope for a Season Four:
In Treatment is a drama that knows it’s a drama.
This contrasts sharply with the two so-called dramas I saw in movie theaters this fall: The Town and Black Swan. The Town starts out as a reasonably good drama about a man trying to escape his criminal environment, but then it devolves into a shoot-em-up action flick that makes The Expendables seem believable. And what can I say about Black Swan that hasn’t already been said? (Apparently a lot, since it’s received tons of accolades and four major Golden Globe nominations.) All I know is that from the moment Barbara Hershey, who plays the psycho-mother of psycho-ballerina Natalie Portman, appears onscreen with her tautly pulled back black black hair against her white white skin, and the music attempts to deliver a Jaws look-out-shark-approaching moment, I had to put my popcorn down so I wouldn’t choke from laughing so hard. With In Treatment, I’m quite sure my emotional reactions were the ones the creators were manipulating me into having—and that’s a good thing.
In Treatment is obsession-worthy.
There’s nothing quite like an addictive television show being discussed by people addicted to discussing things online. The forums, blogs, and comments on websites like A.V. Club, Shrink Rap, and Salon revealed an obsessiveness (not to mention insight) on the part of In Treatment viewers unmatched by anything I’ve ever seen. Four episodes of the show each week followed by hours of online chatter is an obsessive’s dream come true!
Gabriel Byrne’s accent is hot.
It’s not just the irresistible Irish brogue, but the growl and snarl he injects into it.
Amy Ryan’s eyes are riveting.
This is an actress who can express more with her eyes than most actresses can with their entire bodies. Because her character Adele is a classically trained psychoanalyst, she’s not supposed to react to what her client says, but, rather, to simply reflect back the client’s thoughts and feelings to him or her. But because this is television and this is a show with a lot of extreme close-ups and Adele might or might not have romantic feelings for Paul, she needs to have some expression. What a fantastic challenge that must be for an actress, and Ryan handles it with such finesse. There’s the fluttering of her eyelashes when she’s responding to Paul’s condescension with a rejoinder, the upward eye tilt when she’s thinking of something particularly insightful, and, most importantly, the ever-so-slight widening of the eyes in response to Paul’s sudden declaration of love. Watch just one episode, and you’ll see a master class in understated acting.
Loss is a necessary part of life, sure, but must it be a necessary part of TV?
We’ve already bid adieu over the years to HBO’s Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and The Wire. Having to say goodbye to In Treatment would stir up serious loss and abandonment issues, and, ironically, we won’t know how to deal with them without In Treatment to turn to.
So, HBO and Gabriel Byrne, if you care about quality television, mental health, and providing Amy Ryan with a dramatic television role worthy of her talents, bring back In Treatment in 2011!
I enjoyed this interview very much. One thing I especially like about Irish radio (as compared to its British counterpart) is how much time interviewees are afforded in which to make their replies to questions. Gabriel really benefits from this.
Gabriel Byrne has launched the largest ever programme of Irish arts in the United States.
The In Treatment actor, who is Ireland's Cultural Ambassador, unveiled a programme of more than 400 Irish film, theatre, music, dance and literature events to entertain American audiences this year.
Imagine Ireland is an unprecedented celebration of Irish arts that will see more than 1,000 artists and producers stage works in 200 cities including New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Speaking at the launch in New York, Gabriel praised the Irish imagination and encouraged Americans of all generations to imagine Ireland for themselves.
"Ireland's culture has been consistently evolving: only a culture which changes remains alive; its breath and influence is universal," he said.
He went on: "Consider the stark beauty of early monastic poetry, the subversive ballads and love songs of a repressed Gaelic culture, or the monumental reimagining of an enforced language.
"Irish artists such as Joyce, Beckett and Yeats spoke from a native imagination to a universal audience.
"Today's artists draw upon that massive inheritance, yet speak with a new voice that is of today, yesterday and tomorrow. Theirs is an inevitable, ever changing voice that recognises kinship of reality and imagination."
Highlights of the spring and summer Imagine Ireland programme include Irish Film Festivals in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle; and the world premiere of Gerald Barry's opera The Importance Of Being Of Earnest with the LA Philharmonic.
Elsewhere Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains will hold a month-long, 19-venue tour.
Nationwide Imagine Ireland Festival to Include Work by Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, and More
By: Andy Propst · Jan 7, 2011 · New York
Initial plans have been announced for Imagine Ireland, a year-long multidisciplinary season of Irish arts in America, to be offered at theaters across the country.
Among the cities and venues where events will be held are New York and the New York Public Library, BAM and Lincoln Center; Washington, DC and the Kennedy Center, Studio Theater, and National Gallery of Art; Boston and Emerson College and the Berklee College of Music; Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Shakespeare Theater; Los Angeles and the LA Philharmonic: San Francisco and the Roxie Theater and Southern Exposure Gallery; Atlanta and Emory University and the Woodruff Arts Center; and Philadelphia and the Annenberg Center and Rosenbach Library.
Among the theatrical highlights of Imagine Ireland will be three offerings from the Druid Theatre Company: The Silver Tassle at the Lincoln Center Festival; Penelope in Washington, DC, and a national tour of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishman.
The Performance Corporation, with Solas Nua, will create Swampoodle, a site-specific work in Washington DC; and The Company will present As You Are Now So Once Were We at the RADAR Festival in Los Angeles.
Two other Imagine Ireland theatrical offerings are currently running in New York: the Abbey Theatre's production of John Gabriel Borkman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Gate Theatre's production of Samuel Beckett's Watt, which is part of the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater.
Among the music offerings will be the world premiere of Gerald Barry's opera The Importance of Being of Earnest with the LA Philharmonic; and a month-long, 19-venue tour of Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains.
Other aspects of the festival will include two Irish feature films that will be part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and Irish Film Festivals which will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle. There will also be a retrospective of Irish filmmaking, curated by Gabriel Byrne in association with the Irish Film Institute and MOMA, offered at the Museum of Modern Art.
Dance will also be featured in Imagine Ireland, with Rex Levitates performing Secondary Sources at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre offering a new work at LaMama Experimental Theatre Club; and Matthew Morris ' My Body Travels playing in Washington DC.
In addition, Imagine Ireland will feature a literature program, curated by Belinda McKeon, which will be offered throughout the country and involve authors such as Colum McCann, Anne Enright, Colm Toíbín, Frank McGuinness, Paul Muldoon and Joseph O'Connor.
Renowned Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, known for roles in "The Usual Suspects" and "Miller's Crossing," will be in Washington this coming Monday. Byrne will be attending a reception hosted by Irish Ambassador Michael Collins and his wife Marie to launch Imagine Ireland -- a year-long celebration of Irish arts taking place across the United States in 2011. Byrne was named cultural ambassador for Ireland in March 2010 and is the first appointee to the newly created post.