It’s all about local independent filmmaking this week, with conversations with two young filmmakers, Michael MacBroom & Stuart Sloan. Michael wrote and directed a feature film, finished earlier this year, called I Wanted To Talk To You Last Night, and is now working on a second feature to begin shortly.
Stuart worked on the feature too, and has completed his own film recently, a short documentary on cranes and redevelopment in the city.
You can see Stuart’s crane film, Counterweight, at his YouTube site, http://www.youtube.com/ user/sloanowski, and there you can also find a short documentary with Michael MacBroom about the making of his first feature.
Gary Whelan takes us into the world of parkour in Belfast. He explains the philosophy and moves involved in the discipline, and how the scene has blossomed among young men in Belfast over the past few years. Gary also talks about how the traceurs (as practitioners of parkour are called) deal with the suspicions of hooliganism, the worries of family members, and disapproval from authority figures. And for any aspiring traceurs, Gary advises how to get involved, what training to do, what shoes to wear, and how to stay safe while scaling buildings and jumping off walls.
Ross Hamilton Cleary, the son of The Singing Priest of Ireland, Father Michael Cleary, speaks alongside filmmaker Alison Millar about the new documentary ‘At Home With the Clearys’. Ross and Alison discuss the scandal that arose when Fr Cleary’s secret relationships were revealed, what life has been like for the family since, and how the film has been received in Ireland.
In the second half of the show, the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Dr Monica McWilliams, talks about the upcoming Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland — how the process has developed, why it is necessary, and what the future holds for it.
Michael Mahadeo has lived in Northern Ireland since the mid 1980s, when he moved here from British Guyana. He speaks about growing up in Guyana during its decolonization, and about the most notorious part of the country’s recent history — the Jonestown massacre, in which hundreds of American citizens killed themselves on a compound in rural Guyana. Michael also discusses being an ethnic minority in Northern Ireland, adjusting to the Troubles, and whether it’s ever possible to become a local here.
Episode 13 goes to Spuds to talk with its owner John Vance about the restaurant’s place in Belfast. The second half features an interview with Stephen Blakeney, the head of Queen’s Movie Society, about the society’s short films and the state of film-making in Northern Ireland today.