Ford & Actors Discussion - The Actor / the craft / and the director Collaboration


The Actor / the craft / and the director Collaboration

Ford's Mastering of Visual & Storytelling - which continues to inspire & inform our filmmaking today.

Date: Sunday 9 June 2013

Time: 14.00 hrs

Venue: Shelbourne Hotel


Some of Ireland's award-winning and highly respected Actors who have delivered powerful well-crafted performances over the years join in a Discussion about the acting craft and reflecting on the 'collaboration the actor and director' which was very important in Ford's filmmaking. Ford had a style and skill in working with actors that was intelligent and he innately knew how to connect with audiences. Ford was drawn to the skill of actors who had, in many instances, honed their initial craft for the stage - developing a greater sense and awareness of the audience - right up close and personal. Ford's initial love of the craft of acting came about through his first-hand exposure to stage & theatre as a young adult in his hometown working in the local theatre - and that love and respect for the skill and craft of acting remained with him throughout his life's work. It gave him great joy to engage the 'Abbey Players' and to bring them to the US and to the big screen. Ford worked with many great actors over and over again throughout his films and that relationship and collaboration has inspired this discussion at the Shelbourne.


Stephen Rea has worked across Stage and Screen over the last thirty years and is an IFTA winner and an Oscar & BAFTA Award-nominee for his performance in Neil Jordan’s Crying Game.

Liam Cunningham is an IFTA-winning actor whose credits include Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Game of Thrones.

Martin McCann s an IFTA-winning actor; his credits include Occi Byrne, Jump, Shadow Dancer and Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific.

Charlie Murphyis an IFTA-winning actress; her credits include Love/Hate, The Village, Ripper Street and Stephen Frears’ Philomena.