Cannes do spirit: the main competition jury at the opening ceremony of the French film festival, which is also a marketplace for film-makers from all over the world, including Ireland. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty

As you read this, the lower decks of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes are awash with producers, distributors and funders. There has been all kinds o(...)

James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving in Black 47

During the 1990s, Stephen Rea was approached about a drama based on the Great Famine. The project did not come to pass. “Some American producer said t(...)