Junaita Wilson

#Event: WFT Ireland presents In Conversation with Juanita Wilson: Adaptation for Screen, May 2nd

As part of their ongoing event series, Women in Film and TV Ireland will present a unique opportunity to the practice and methods of one of Ireland’s leading directors, Juanita Wilson. The theme of this event is Adaptation, in the context of adapting Daniel Woodrell’s fiction for Wilson’s most recent film Tomato Red and adapting a very different type of novel for her previous work, As If I Am Not There, or writing a screenplay based on source testimony for The Door.

Juanita Wilson is one of Ireland’s most lauded and celebrated contemporary filmmakers, with a body of work that demonstrates her nuanced and singular vision. A graduate of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, and Journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology, one would not be mistaken for assuming that Wilson was always destined to make the beautiful and informative work we have seen over the last two decades as a writer, director and producer.

The Door, Wilson’s debut short film as director, explored the human tragedy of the Chernobyl disaster. Producer by Wilson’s long-term collaborator and husband, James Flynn under the Short Cuts scheme, an astoundingly successful festival run culminated in multiple awards and an Academy Award Nomination in 2010.

As If I Am Not There, Wilson’s feature directing debut is a powerful and visceral account of one woman’s experiences during the Bosnian War of the 1990s. Based on Slavenka Drakulic’s novel of the same name, the film propelled Wilson even further to international audiences’ attention. A highly acclaimed film with critics and audiences alike, As If I Am Not There garnered Wilson a number of prestigious festival awards, was declared one of the Directors to Watch by Variety magazine in 2011 and was the official Irish submission to the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards that year.

Wilson’s latest project is an adaptation of the novel Tomato Red, by acclaimed author Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone). Tomato Red is a devastatingly honest portrayal of life on the margins of nowhere-town America, the struggle to get a break and our deep-seated need to belong. Released in cinemas in March this year, starring Jake Weary, Julia Garner and Anna Friel. Daniel Woodrell had high praise for the moving screen adaptation of his much-loved novel. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful film. The four leads just did great jobs,” he said. “They became these people to me, I sank into their reality. I always wanted most for the book to become a memorable film, and this will be a memorable film.”

Tomato Red is available to own on DVD and on demand via Volta and iTunes from April 28th.


WFT Members are welcome to attend to this event FREE OF CHARGE. RSVP to: wiftirl@gmail.com
The event is also open to the public for a door charge of €10. RSVP to: wiftirl@gmail.com

Places are limited, first come first served, so please RSVP to register your place asap.

Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT.IE) is a branch of Women in Film and Television International, a voluntary foundation promoting greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera, with a membership of over thirteen thousand professionals worldwide. The Irish branch is run by film and TV professionals of international standing. The committee members represent the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector.

For more information on joining WFT please see www.wft.ie