Crew members boarding the LÉ Samuel Beckett. The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of the vessel during filming of the new Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael.    File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of a Naval Service ship and Air Corps helicopter last year when scenes from the latest Star (...)

Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Star Wars may return to Skellig Michael this autumn, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site as a film set. The (...)

Transparent creator Jill Soloway (centre) with cast from the Amazon-funded series

Amazon Prime has been in the news twice this week, once for picking up two Golden Globes for its comedy show Transparent, and once for signing up W(...)

Michael Fassbender at the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Iftas) in Dublin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The fate of the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (the Iftas) is unclear following the Irish Film Board’s confirmation that it has no firm p(...)

At the Irish Film Board  announcement of its schedule and priorities for 2015 were (from left) actor Sarah Greene, actor Tara Lee, James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, and actor and screenwriter Amy Huberman. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A tale of love and music in the Dublin inner-city of the 1980s, a literary adaptation about 1950s emigration from rural Ireland, and the contemporary(...)

The new Irish animated short Coda, which follows a drunken journey through Dublin City, is receiving international recognition.

An Irish animation short has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination which will be announced in January. Coda, directed by Alan Holly, has already pi(...)

The Cinémobile, Ireland’s ‘pop-up’ picture house on wheels, is twinning with four other countries to bring independent film to some of northern Europe’s farthest corners. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Cinémobile, Ireland’s ‘pop-up’ picture house on wheels, is twinning with four other countries to bring independent film to some of northern Europe(...)

 Simon Fitzmaurice: “To spend this precious time I have doing something that fulfils me at the deepest level, that echoes in my soul.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:54

Making a feature film is an intimidating prospect and a leap of faith for any first-time director. You need self-belief, stamina, organisational skil(...)

John Michael McDonagh:   said  his comments had been “wilfully misrepresented by a small section of the Dublin media with an axe to grind”.

Director John Michael McDonagh has been subject to fierce criticism for effectively disowning the Irish film industry, but his latest release Calvary (...)

A young rabbit defends itself against a herring gull on Skellig Michael, Co Kerry. Photograph: Michael Kelly

As Skellig Michael braces itself for an encounter with Star Wars film crews, life and death continues on the Unesco world heritage site off the Kerry(...)