Lenny Abrahamson

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Lenny Abrahamson, one of the judges in the Virgin Media Discovers competition, pictured on the set of Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

Virgin Media Ireland has awarded €9,000 to 10 filmmakers to invest in the development of their scripts in a short film competition run in partnership (...)

WandaVision on Disney+: Essentially, you can make any sort of story you want nowadays as long as it’s filtered through the medium of superheroes. Photograph: Disney

Here are the big telly events of the coming year (as far as I can tell from my holiday bunker): The Lord of the Rings (Amazon) Amazon’s upcoming Lor(...)

Normal People’s Marianne (Daisy Edgar Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal). Photograph: Enda Bowe/ Element Pictures

For a lot of us TV had to do a lot of heavy lifting to replace family, friends and outdoor activities. I initially feel obliged to add “this year” to (...)

Virgin Media Discovers: As part of the €150,000 total prize pot, a shortlist of 10 entries will receive €9,000 each for the development of their script, while two scripts will win €30,000 each to fund the production of a 10-minute short film.

Director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriter Lisa McGee are among the judges on this year’s Virgin Media Discovers short film competition, the broadcast(...)

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Hugh Laurie has a great villain’s face in that he projects not menace or pure evil but a chilling implacability. It’s often the quiet ones who need wa(...)

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

Green tea Taoiseach Micheál Martin was sorely disappointed with Nphet but determined to move on in a renewed spirit of working together for the sake of the nation. File photograph: The Irish Times

Their approach to business may have been different but there was no doubt this week that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste were fuming over Sunday night’s le(...)

GAA shorts worn by Paul Mescal during Normal People went for €850.

They might have been the fashion item of the summer but Connell’s GAA shorts from Normal People couldn’t compete with the attraction of sports gear wo(...)

Lenny Abrahamson. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

“The first few days after Normal People was broadcast, it felt like the quality of the tweets I was reading sounded like they might have been drafted (...)

Ireland could be “Scandinavia, but more fun” if we took a few simple decisions, David McWilliams told the opening night of the Irish Times Summer Nights online festival

Ireland is just “three decisions away from becoming a perfect country – Scandinavia, but more fun”, economist and Irish Times columnist David McWillia(...)

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