Focus on ‘Michael Inside’

Saturday 9th, 1.30pm, Mall Arts Centre

Frank Berry’s prison drama Michael Inside is the subject of the First Cut! special focus for 2019. It has been called “a film about young offenders that’s not a comedy – a truth bomb about the reality of life for some people in Ireland” (The Journal.ie). Since premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer, it has met with huge success both with critics and at the box office. Among the awards it has received are Best Film at the 2018 IFTA Awards, Best Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh and the Audience Award at Cork Film Festival.

We welcome the film’s young star Dafhyd Flynn and its assistant director Niall Owens for an in-depth discussion on the making of Michael Inside. The conversation will give insight into Berry’s painstaking process of engaging with young people in disadvantaged areas during the preparation of his films as well as the making of a film from the oft-neglected perspective of the assistant director, one of the most crucial positions on a film crew. Rossa Mullin of Film in Cork will moderate the event.

Dafhyd Flynn is from Tallaght, Dublin and completed his education at Tallaght Community School. He starred in both of Frank Berry’s features, I Used to Live Here (2014) and Michael Inside (2018).

Niall Owens is a writer/director and 1st assistant director from Cork City. He has directed 8 shorts including the IFTA nominated Animal (2016). He has worked as assistant director on TV shows such as RAW, The Clinic, Bridget & Eamon, Rig 45, and Fir Bolg, and features Michael Inside and Here Are the Young Men.