Fighting cows, pear trees and irresponsible parents

Posted on: 18th February 2011

Renowned writer and filmmaker John McIlduff will be sharing trade secrets in a unique two day masterclass in film production this month.

Through The Playhouse International Culture Arts Network, ICAN, the esteemed Northern Irish director will hold workshops in Film Production Training at The Playhouse on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February.

A graduate L'École de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, John has worked throughout Europe directing productions including an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's ‘Crime and Punishment', a French language version of ‘A Streetcar named Desire' and the hugely successful Italian production, ‘Mucche Ballerine'.

He has made films about fighting cows, pear trees and irresponsible parents which have been screened in festivals from Tehran to Clermont Ferrand, directed commercials for well known brands of washing powder and been awarded the Prix de Qualité from the CNC.

As a writer John has written for both opera and soap opera most recently for the French television series ‘Un Meilleur Monde'.

He was recently commission by the Cultural Olympiad to work on the NEST project, which invites the people of Northern Ireland to create art on a massive scale through the act of donating an object. NEST will become the focal point for a large-scale music and choral event in 2012, composed, written and directed by John along with composer Brian Irvine, the other lead artist in Dumbworld, a creative production company established in early 2009.

"John's work involves finding a way of documenting and illustrating stories that have happened within conflict situations" Elaine Forde, ICAN co-ordinator said.

"Combining both documentary and cinematic methodology, his films explore the different processes and visual approached that can be used when dealing with fact based narrative.

"This very special two day masterclass in film production at will involve John using his own practice to inform the workshops and enable participants to create their own short film."

The workshops in Film Production Training will be held at The Playhouse on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February from 11am to 3pm. This is a free event.

For further information or to sign-up to the masterclass contact Elaine Forde at the Playhouse on 02871 268027 or


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ICAN is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union's Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.

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