Good start to the New Year!

Hello and Happy New one!

Lots of things starting, finishing and continuing around here for 2014-too many deadlines in 3 months-time, to be honest, so we’ll have to keep our heads down.

This is what we’re up to at the moment:

We’re developing a fiction feature script with the talented and versatile writer Patrick Chapman (poet, writer, TV and screenwriter) who launched a new book, The Negative Cutter before Christmas.

We’re finishing two new docs: Land of Amber, shot in Mexico this time last year, with help from the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and made for broadcast in TG4 in the spring; and Park Life, a new version of City Wild for RTÉ, which should also be finished around then -didn’t I tell you?

We’re also in development with a new doc with Andalusian production company Imago Producciones, which main parts are to be shot both in Ireland and in the South of Spain, which also needs to hit a deadline in March!

And, and, and… most urgently, City Wild is premiering in Dublin!: IFI, 19th January, 1pm, you can read all about that HERE. We just got featured in the Herald this morning and a nice segment in the 98FM morning news as well.

So, if you’re in Dublin next weekend, we may see you, in one of the few occasions we’ll have before evenings get nice and long again.

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Happy Christmas / Feliz Navidad

Próspero Año y Felicidad… in case you know the song, but if you don’t: “A Prosperous New Year and Happiness!”

We just want to wish all Whackala followers, supporters and colleagues the very best for the holidays.

It's the Phoenix Park -of course- in the snowy winter of 2010 but we love it!

It’s the Phoenix Park -of course- in the snowy winter of 2010 but we love it!

Summer news

After recovering from the splitters, we’ve been regrouping, we got back to the day to day work; amongst other things, progressing with the rough-cut of our new documentary, Land of Amber. After finishing a fourth edit we’re fairly happy with, we’re letting it settle and waiting on feedback from colleagues and co-producers.

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Miner Polo hard at work, trying to get at a sliver of amber he saw

In July, new online magazine/artist community Splice was launched, featuring Whackala, Leticia as a director, and two of our films, Forty Foot and City Wild. It features many independent filmmakers and great photos and links to their work, have a look around.

Forty Foot appeared in a very special commemoration poster, you can read all about it here.

And, of course, we have started filming and developing a new doc… uhf… And there’s more to come with exciting additions and collaborations, starting this September.

Now, back to our own kind of mine… with a lot more light… Sunshine and warmth seem to be holding out for the whole Irish summer! (this pic is from doing the cliff walk around the Howth summit last weekend. Glad it was cloudy on our side for that.)

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