– I caught up with Irish Filmmaker, Photographer, & Artist Ian Thuillier who has just released his short “Driven” in Ireland.
Ian Thuillier, filmmaker, photographer, artist, how personal is Driven?
Very. It’s a rant, a reflection of what people in Ireland are feeling about the injustice of the banks and the government.
You’ve done a lot of work in your career. You’ve had some acclaim and worked with some talented people. Do you have to leave Ireland to be able to succeed as an artist and filmmaker?
No I don’t think so. I think the market is small enough to make a good size dent with a big idea.
You’re not in a unique situation as a filmmaker in Ireland. After the Monstrous success of Irish movies in the 90’s what’s happened and how does talent like you get the next level?
But its still really hard to get a film funded here, you wait a long time and jump through so many hoops just to get a rejection.
did you get any funding for Driven?
I don’t know J, just keep making stuff and hope it sticks, but you only make the stuff you want to make.
Is romantic Ireland really dead and gone as your lead narrates?
No we won 2 days shooting with an arri alexa from the Directors Guild of Ireland, we passed the a script around and everyone who read it jumped and said ‘yes’ we’ll do this’, and then it just happened very fast and very organically.
Yet as gloomy and dark as Driven is you made a film. You haven’t given up.
Well maybe its wrong of me to be so negative. There are a lot of great things about Ireland, the government isn’t one of them, nor is the shower who were in before them. But there are great things about Ireland like our arts sector and creatives.
Driven was just announced for the Cork Indie Festival? Where else has it been submitted?
And what’s next for Ian Thuillier?
The banks and political parties all in each others pockets and they only care about themselves and fattening their pensions.
Its gone to the Foyle Film Festival and we’re going to choose a select few to put it out to before we release it on the net.
Have you submitted it outside of Ireland? Is it going to the TIFF?
Currently I’m writing a feature script which will be an extension of the character played in Driven.
I will submit it to TIFF, Sundance and Berlin.
Final question. What do you say to your fellow Irish Filmmakers that have also lost their girlfriends and spend time watching free internet porn a lot?
hahaha its really about addictions thats all, its an easy thing to succumb to when you have lost it all.
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