Industry: New RTÉ Lyric FM Series Goes Behind-the-Scenes of Irish Film and Television

RTÉ Lyric Fm is set to present The Green Screen a new cinema series that explores the work of leading Irish film industry figures. Uniquely all ten episodes are exclusively available online now and will broadcast thereafter on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Presented by Garret Daly, the series embraces the audience’s love for great film and television and introduces them to the people behind-the-scenes.

Highlights include the award winning director Lenny Abrahamson ahead of the release of R’, Dublin born actress Victoria Smurfit, Die Hard director John Moore and veteran producer Noel Pearson. Our own Managing Editor even makes an appearance on the last one in the series.

Television production is experiencing a golden age while cinema attendance in Ireland is still one of the highest in Europe. This series meets the people at the forefront of the Irish film, television and animation industries, and will feature in-depth interviews with leading Irish film and television practitioners.

Presenter Garret Daly is a filmmaker (A Nightingale Falling; Who is Dervla Murphy; A Grand Experience) and radio producer (Documentary on One: Kerry and the Tramp; lyric fm’s Adventures in Irish Cinema). His own on-screen feature and documentary works give him a unique insight into the world of film and television.

[quote title=”Garret Daly – Presenter”]I want audiences to be able access the programmes instantly. I love the notion that all are available right away, like Netflix, so that you can choose, explore and listen on your own time. Our relationship with content has changed and I wanted this series to be accessible instantly without schedules. It’s how I listen to programmes now, and my I like that audiences can do the same here.[/quote]

In the opening show, Garret speaks to Lenny Abrahamson, director of the hugely anticipated screen adaptation of Room. He discusses the industry, top tier festivals and his future. Also in the series, Garret will meet Golden Globe nominated composer Brian Byrne, Irish filmmaker Terry McMahon, plus many more influential figures from the Irish film and television industry.

The Green Screen is available online now at It will also be available on iTunes, Soundcloud and as programme downloads.

The show begins its broadcast on Sunday September 13th at 1am on RTE Lyric FM.

Schedule of Programmes

13/09/2015         Ahead of the release of the hugely anticipated screen adaptation of Room, award-winning director Lenny Abrahamson talks with Garret Daly about the industry, top tier festivals and his future.

20/09/2015         With an extensive career in film and television, Dublin-born actress Victoria Smurfit reflects on her roles in The Beach, Ballykissangel, About a Boy and most recently, the hit TV series Once Upon a Time.

27/09/2015         Dundalk-born director and producer John Moore chats with Garret Daly from his Hollywood home about the business of movies, blockbuster sequels, Die Hard with Bruce Willis and his future plans.

04/10/2015         Noel Pearson is one of Ireland’s most successful film and theatre producers and in this episode, he talks to Garret Daly about his films and his philosophy. He also remembers working on productions of including My Left Foot, The Field, Dancing at Lughnasa and his current production, The Secret Scripture, based on the novel by Sebastian Barry.

11/10/2015         Resident for over forty years in Wicklow, director, producer and writer John Boorman shares his memories of film production and film politics within the Irish film industry, and talks to Garret Daly about working on films such as Excalibur, The General and Queen and Country.

18/10/2015         The award-winning documentary One Million Dubliners showcased the talents of rising director Aoife Kelleher. She talks to Garret Daly about the challenges she encountered making the feature, and how to ensure your documentary film is the best it can be.

25/10/2015         Terry McMahon is one of the leading figures in independent Irish cinema, and the IFTA-winning writer and director gives Garret Daly an honest and open interview about the difficulties in surviving as an artist, having made films such as Patricks Day and Charlie Casanova.

01/11/2015         Golden Globe-nominated and IFTA-winning composer Brian Byrne chats with Garret Daly from his L.A. home about growing up in Navan, his musical influences and working with Glenn Close on Albert Nobbs.

08/11/2015         First-time director Des Doyle gives a fascinating insight into the production of his hugely successful documentary feature Showrunners, as he knocked on the door of Hollywood Studios with a camera crew and a mission.

15/11/2015         DCU Lecturer Roddy Flynn and Niall Murphy, the editor of film website Scannain discuss the highs and lows of the Irish film industry in a programme that examines its role, its performance and its importance.