Anatomy of a
Barney and Molly
The Boy from
Bumblebee Flies Anyway
Business (Morgan O'Sullivan)
Paradiso (The Classic)
A Dubliner's Berlin
Irishman n the Autobahn
Peg Leg Gus
The Road to Mercury
Sir Morbid the Brood
the Flying Saucer
Testimony of Taliesin Jones
his first job as an apprentice projectionist at a suburban
Dublin cinema, to becoming an international director of family
films, Martins journey has taken him through the movie industry
in four countries, collaborating with hundreds of talented
actors, fellow writers and filmmakers, over a span of three and
a half decades. (Read his Curriculum Vitae).
On this page Martin offers a collection of
material related to his experiences as a filmmaker, including
shooting diaries, screenplays, articles, interviews, sound bytes
and photos. This resource is intended to be of use for aspiring
filmmakers and students of film. All the material may be
reproduced freely by educational institutions for teaching
purposes or projects. For any other application of these
materials please contact us first.
projector in the Classic Cinema, Dublin
Notes on the
Irish Film Industry
After two and a half years of struggling to get his
script, "Jenny's Gift," a drama dealing with child abuse, into
production, Martin surrendered, exasperated, citing major
bungling by the Irish Film Board as the cause of failure.
In September, 2002, he submitted his bitter complaint to Film
Ireland, the journal of the nations film industry,
follow the link to read his full
"Anatomy of a Failed Project."
The Irish Film boom of the 1990's was to a great extent the
doing of one man,
producer and partner of Ardmore Studios, Morgan O'Sullivan.
Read Martins profile of Morgan for Film Ireland, in
Martin Duffy's love of film
began as a teenage apprentice-projectionist at the
Kenilworth (now the Classic) cinema at Harold's Cross in the
southside of Dublin. His heartwarming article,
harks to those days, and mourns the loss
of the city's small movie theaters to the multiplexes.
Read Martin's reflections on exploitation in the Indie movie
scene through Peter Biskind's
"Down and Dirty
Learn more about the heroes and villains of the flailing medium
of educational family films in
a Failed Project
The Dundee Experiment
The Boy from
feature was released in 1996 to rave reviews. The
film, based on his childhood in Crumlin, a suburb in the
southside of Dublin city, was a dream become reality for the
Starring Hugh O'Connor, Rita
Tushingham, Tom Cortenay and introducing a young prodigy, James
Hickey, the film enjoyed critical success and won several awards
on the festivals circuit.
Boy from Mercury page to see the
cast and crew and sample some soundbytes from the original
In 2006 Martin published
his journals and working screenplay from the film together in
one book. Learn about The
Road to Mercury.
A recent Trinity College
Dublin thesis on Childhood in Irish Cinema, by
Pádraic Whyte, includes a chapter on The Boy from Mercury.
With kind permission from the author, the
interview is reproduced on this site...
as the Boy from Mercury
movie was one of the New York Bowery's famous "Shooting
Gallery's" last productions. Starring Elijah Wood,
Jeaneane Garofalo and Rachael Leigh Cook, and with a veteran
production team and crew, initially Martin felt he was being
thrown in the deep end as a director-for-hire, especially as he
could not bring into the project any of his own trusted crew
Apart from a few minor hiccups, it proved to be a pleasant
learning experience for Martin. Read his article
dated from the end of the shoot
Shooting the Bumblebee.
Elijah Wood in
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
of Taliesin Jones
Working as a "director-for-hire" produced new challenges for
Martin, who by 1999 had established a reputation for his forte
of working with child actors. During the eight weeks of
shooting "Taliesin Jones" around various Welsh locations, he
sent updates to family and friends by email. These frank and
honest reports offer a glimpse of Martins method as a director,
his calmness in the chaos of collaborative creativity, and his
coping with the pettiness of film-set politics...
Read the collected updates.
For more background on the politics of film production, read
Martins article on working as a director-for-hire in a piece
written for FilmWest magazine,
"Someone Else's Dream."
John-Paul Macleod in The Testimony of
The Splice of
short film for RTÉ (Irish National Television), Splice of Life,
follows a curious day in the life of a film editor, in which
he is given the opportunity to re-cut his mundane morning
routine into a more "upbeat" montage.
Splice of Life page contains
the movie in full (18 mins) and a list of cast and crew.
Summer of the
A spaceship crashlands in rural western Ireland
in the late 1960's and two young men come to the aliens' aid,
and befriend them, passing them off as Hungarian refugees to the
locals while they help repair the craft.
Much of the old crew
from The Boy from Mercury are back together for this fun
production and shooting began on September 15th, 2006.
Martin will be keeping regular updates and shooting diaries
from this latest feature on the
Flying Saucer page, from August
2006 onwards. We hope to include some video and sneak
peaks at production also in the near future.
the Flying Saucer shoot 2006