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still from I Call to the Living and Mourn the Dead (Conn Mc Kermott, 2015
still from I Call to the Living and Mourn the Dead (Conn Mc Kermott, 2015

Congratulations to Film Studies graduate Conn Mc Kermott who has secured a one-year internship with the MAC theatre in Belfast funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The Jerwood Foundation was set up to help people who are not in the position to work for free or volunteer to gain experience after their degrees. The role is designed to help develop graduates into producers or Creative Arts managers. 


Conn will begin work in September as Arts Development Manager for for Prime Cut Productions’ theatre company at the MAC. The job involves working with the theatre's creative team and the MAC's marketing team and help develop PR strategies along with digital and media advertising initiatives. Conn explains, “I work alongside and answer to the Executive Producer, basically like an assistant producer for film. My job is to help promote, advertise, market, find new partners and funding for three major productions, which also include community projects taking place within the next year.”


Conn considers that modules taken as part of his degree helped him secure this prestigious opportunity. “The Film Studies course helped prepare me for this role and my final year at Queens really shaped my career pathway. In my final year I chose to study documentary film-making practice and also to undertake a work placement. The fact that I had to produce, direct, write, edit and shoot my own short documentary film meant I could successfully multi-task in all aspects of film media production and manage my time to successfully produce a production”


“My work experience as an assistant producer at Below the Radar productions also helped develop my skills in production management working closely with one of the Executive Producers, Mary Curry. I also developed skills in the business side of film making: budgeting, copyright laws, scheduling, funding and commissioning.”


“Producing, directing, studio management and even lighting for film/TV media are all transferable skills that can be applied to theatre production which is why I applied for this position. I felt learning to become a producer within theatre after having a film degree would be a strong combination to possess and hopefully allow me to develop into a successful producer in either medium.


Professor Cahal McLaughlin added: “We are always pleased when our students find work that is stimulating and relevant to their interests. In Conn’s case, the range of critical and creative skills that he developed on our Film Studies course has prepared him for a career in the creative industries. We wish him the very best in the future and hope he can return at some point to pass on his experiences to our current students, who benefit from the mix of academic and professional input our School offers.’

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Film Studies student secures internship at Northern Ireland Screen
film studies student Lauren L’Estrange

Third year film studies student Lauren L’Estrange has secured an exciting year-long internship at Northern Ireland Screen. As well as graduating this summer, Lauren will also be working at Ka-Boom Post Productions in Belfast as part of her employment with NI Screen and is being trained as an editor.

Despite the request for at least two month’s experience, Lauren saw the position advertised on NI Screen's twitter and decided to apply. After securing the position, she said  ‘One of the reasons I got the job was my experience in using AVID. I am learning about the business from the ground up as I am learning how everything works before the first cut is even made.’

Film Studies Lecturer, Declan Keeney commented, "Film Studies and The School of Creative Arts continues to invest in world class postproduction facilities. Industry standard software instruction is embedded into Lauren’s course through our Avid Learning Partner status and we are delighted to see this proving invaluable to Lauren as she now moves from Queen’s into the film and television industry”.

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Instrumental Music Tutors (Flute/Strings) in the School of Creative Arts

The School of Creative Arts at Queen's University Belfast would like to appoint instrumental music tutors (flute and strings) to guide undergraduate students in classical music performance. 

 Applicants should: 

- Have extensive experience in instrumental teaching

- Be willing to work with a diverse range of students

- Be flexible in terms of working hours

- Have a university degree in Music or equivalent professional experience

Some prior experience in instrumental teaching at university level is highly desirable 

The post is subject to renewal on an annual basis and the remuneration is £34/hour.

Interviews will be held around late September 2015 with shortlisted candidates and the position would commence in October 2015.

To apply, please submit a current CV and the application form by 1 September 2015 to Audrey Smyth:

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New Collaboration to Further Research Development on Culture in Ireland

We are delighted to announce an exciting new initiative known as the All-Island Cultural Policy Research Network. This network has been funded under the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme 2015 andaims to create an all island research network in Ireland that will grow, connect, and platform academic research regarding the practices and policies of the cultural sector in Ireland.

Developed through a partnership between Kerry McCall, Lecturer (Humanities and Arts Management) at The Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and Dr. Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast, the network will connect individuals carrying out research relating to the various ways in which arts and culture interact with the social, economic and political realms, including the cultural practices and values apparent in governments, institutions, communities and individuals.


The All-Island Cultural Policy Research Network will be of interest to thosewhose work considers and explores the meaning, value, impact and functions of arts and cultural policies, both implicit and explicit, in the island of Ireland.The first phase of the network will bring together academic researchers from across the island to collate existing research, develop plans to exchange ideas and knowledge with cultural producers, practitioners and policy makers.  We will draw on both the Republic of Ireland’s and Northern Ireland’s ‘ and structural similarities and difference’ and aim to provide a resource for those interested in research regarding the practices and policies of arts and culture.


For further information, please contact:

Republic of Ireland:  

Kerry McCall, Lecturer (Humanities and Arts Management), Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, E:

Northern Ireland: 
Dr. Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Queen’s University Belfast, E:

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Queen’s Drama graduate has just been named Best Actor at the 2015 IAWTV Awards in Las Vegas.

Shaun Blaney takes the Best Male Performance at the 2015 International Academy of Web Television Awards

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QUB Music graduate wins the 2014 Reel Awards prize for Best Score

BMus graduate, Graeme Stewart (2004), has won the 2014 Reel Awards prize in the Best Score – Drama category for his soundtrack to the film A Nightingale Falling. According to the Reel Awards website:


‘Graeme Stewart’s score for Garret Daly & Martina McGlynn’s historical drama A Nightingale Falling, set in Ireland during the War of Independence of 1919-1921 is a beautiful little score and worthy winner of the Drama catergory [sic]. Tender woodwind solos are among the highlights of some wonderfully evocative thematic material that’s given a strong outing by The Ulster Orchestra (currently at risk from UK finding cuts). The overriding emotion is one of sadness reflecting those caught up in the conflict but Stewart’s score turns up the drama when required to give a strong and varied soundtrack.’


Congratulations to Graeme! You can read more about the awards at

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Oscar nomination for local film worked on by QUB students

Film studies students in the school of Creative Arts are keeping everything crossed for the success of short film Boogaloo and Graham which has just been nominated for an Oscar. Directed by Michael Lennox and produced by Brian Falconer and Out of Orbit productions, the film has been nominated in the live action short category.

Third year film studies students Rebecca Kelly and Rebekah Davis worked on the short film as assistant producer and runner respectively and are hoping for a good result from the Hollywood awards ceremony which takes place on Sunday 22 February.

Davis commented about the experience, “I basically got involved because I've worked with Michael Lennox on lots of other Cinemagic projects. He asked me to be a runner but I ended up doing lots of bits and pieces during the four days such as location managing and taking actors to and from the unit base to the set.

Michael knows I'm interested in the camera side of things and he made sure I was able to see what was being shot on the monitor so I had a real close up look at what was happening. 

It was so exciting that I was able to see the workings of an Oscar and BAFTA nominated set, and to realise that it is possible for people like me and the rest of my class to make material like this. Northern Ireland is going places!” 

The QUB students are pictured here with the young stars Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch.

Congratulations all! 

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