BAFTA winning Film Director to speak to budding filmmakers in Limerick and Ennis

  • Director John Maclean
John Maclean (2nd from left) and Michael Fassbender (3rd from Left) on the set of Slow West. (Pic: Parisa Taghizadeh)

Part of Film Meet Up' - a series from Film in Limerick to develop regional Film and TV sector.

BAFTA Award winning film director and former member of the Beta Band John Maclean is to come to the mid west to speak to local filmmakers. Acclaimed film director John Maclean will be delivering a workshop on directing a first feature film on Wednesday 12 February in Ennis and on Thursday 13 in Limerick.

The talks are part of the new Film Meet-Up events run by Film in Limerick and are an exciting opportunity for experienced and aspiring filmmakers in the region to hear from one of the most exciting directors working in independent filmmaking.

Maclean’s collaborations with Irish actors Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham have seen him win the BAFTA for Best Film for Pitch Black Heist and the top award at the Sundance Film Festival for his western Slow West.

Maclean will be at Glór in Ennis on Wednesday 12 February and in Limerick at ENGINE on Upper Cecil Street the following day, Thursday 13 February.

Maclean who was the keyboardist in seminal 90’s band The Beta Band turned his hand to film after the demise of his much-loved cult pop group.

Taking a break from preparations for his second feature film, Maclean will be visiting Ennis and Limerick to share his experiences and tips on making short films and how he made the jump to directing feature films.

A regular speaker at international film schools including the National Film & Television School in London, Maclean is looking forward to his visit to the Mid-West.

“I am delighted to be visiting Limerick and Clare to share my experiences and to meet local filmmakers. I’ve always been a big fan of Independent Irish filmmaking and the intense stories that the Irish are so good at telling. I’ve been reading about all the developments around film happening in the Limerick area too and I’m looking forward to experiencing the city and hopefully visiting some of its historic sites,” John Maclean said.

Regional Film Manger Paul C. Ryan said: “We are delighted to welcome the multitalented John Maclean to the Mid-West for what promises to be an entertaining evening and a revealing insight into his approach to film directing. John’s talk is the latest in the Film Meet-Up series, which has now expanded to include events in County Clare as well as in Limerick. The events aim to bring local experienced and aspiring filmmakers together to be inspired and to hatch their own plans for future film collaborations.”

The Film Meet-Ups are an opportunity for aspiring and practicing filmmakers to come together for training and networking. The Film Meet-Ups in Limerick and Ennis are a Film In Limerick initiative by Innovate Limerick, in partnership with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and are supported by Limerick City and County Council and Clare County Council.

Film in Limerick is funded by Enterprise Ireland and is part of Innovate Limerick based at ENGINE.

Both talks start sharp at 6.30pm. Admission is free and you can reserve your spot by emailing

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