There’s a great documentary on RTE One tonight called “Barney Curley: The Man Who Beat the Bookies” All about the horse-trainer who pulled off an extraordinary betting coup in 1975. Documentary-maker Ross Whitaker joined Ray to tell us more.
Ross Whitaker interview, Katie Taylor documentary, It's Not Yet Dark
Get Around To It
This week is all about documentaries:Director Ross Whitaker chats to us this week about his documentary Katie, about the boxer Katie Taylor. We chat about Katie and the doc It's Not Yet Dark, the incredibly moving documentary about filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice. PLUS as always - our FREE code to watch one of this week's featured documentaries on Volta.ie. Enjoy!Sponsored by Volta.ie, but all opinions ours.
Ross Whitaker is a vastly successful documentary filmmaker. He has developed, produced and directed a number of successful independent documentaries including Katie, Unbreakable: The Mark Pollack Story, Between Land and Sea and most recently The Boys in Green for RTE. Ross is also former commissioning editor of Film Ireland and former festival programmer of Stranger Than Fiction at the IFI, he is well versed in the language of film and an active participant on the Irish film scene. His first feature, the self-funded Saviours, was called the “best Irish film of 2008” by the Sunday Tribune. His follow-up short Bye Bye Now won awards at multiple festivals including Silverdocs and Nashville. His work in television with Blind Man Walking in 2010 and the Prime Time political documentary The Bailout in 2011 has also drawn great praise. He is best known for the riveting and emotionally powerful documentary features When Ali Came to Ireland (2012), Unbreakable: The Mark Pollack Story (2014), and Between Land and Sea (2106). He most recently made the acclaimed TV documentary Anthony Foley: Munsterman, which provided an extraordinary insight into the events surrounding Foley as a rugby player and coach, his death, and the emotional aftermath. His most recent projects: The feature doc, Katie nd the tv soc special, The Boys in Green, on RTE had the nation viewing in huge numbers in recent months, The story charts the rise of the Irish National football team over a ten year period from 1986 to 1996 under Jack Charlton. Check out some of his work here on IMDB. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3145173/
Dispatches returns with mega-interview Ross Whitaker. Photographer, traveler, and owner of one incredible photographic career. I wanted to do this interview for years. This is part one. There will be more.
In this episode of InConversation, we speak to Ross Whitaker, writer, producer and documentary filmmaker.Ross Whitaker's first feature film, the self-funded Saviours (2008), was selected for theatrical release in Ireland and acclaimed as as one of the "100 Best Irish Films of All Time" (Sunday Times).Ross' award-winning short documentaries include Bye Bye Now (2009), Home Turf (2011) and he has been involved in many successful TV projects, including the the epic television documentary Blind Man Walking and the Prime Time political documentary The Bailout.Most recently, Ross' film Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story enjoyed a successful Irish release in 2014 and was released in the UK to critical acclaim.Ross is currently working on a year in the life of a seaside town, Lahinch, on Ireland's wild Atlantic coast.
Interview: Ross Whitaker, IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival Programmer
Film Ireland Podcast
In this interview, Donnchadh Tiernan talks to Ross Whitaker, the Festival Programmer of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival, which takes place September 25th – 28th.This year's festival includes the world premiere of Ciarín Scott’s In a House That Ceased to Be as well as premieres for other Irish films, including Blood Fruit, Showrunners and It Came from Connemara!!.The international programme includes Irish premieres of Steve James’ Life Itself about the film critic Roger Ebert, Kim Longinotto’s Love is All, Joe Berlinger’s Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger, Andreas Johnsen’s Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case and Amir Amirani’s We Are Many. The festival also welcomes Amir, Kim and Andreas as guests to the festival, along with long-time Werner Herzog producer André Singer, who presents his new film Night Will Fall.