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Comment #4658549 by Emma Keaveney

Emma Keaveney Jan 14th 2016, 3:17 PM #

Room originated with an Irish production company – Element Pictures. It was directed by an Irish man, produced by an Irish man and the screenplay was written by an Irish woman, based on her award winning novel of the same name. The music was written by an Irish man and the editor is Irish.

It was filmed in Canada because, like so many films produced outside the studio system, it relied on international co-production deals in order to get financed and produced. The terms of these contracts often dictate that, in order to quality for Canadian funding, for example, a certain of amount of production needs to be carried out in Canada. A lot of features filmed in Ireland follow the same model, even though they originate in other countries. If you look closely at the production structures of most European films, the vast majority follow the exact same model.

In terms of its funding and the genesis and drive of the idea and project, this is absolutely an Irish film. If anything it’s to be commended for stepping away from the idea that an Irish film HAS to be set in Ireland. I hope it encourages Irish filmmakers to be more ambitious in the scope of their projects and more creative in producing films.

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Saoirse Ronan and Lenny Abrahamson lead an Irish sweep at the Oscar nominations

Saoirse Ronan and Lenny Abrahamson lead an Irish sweep at the Oscar nominations

Michael Fassbender, Emma Donoghue and short film director Benjamin Cleary also got nods.

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    Favourite Emma Keaveney
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    Jan 14th 2016, 3:17 PM

    Room originated with an Irish production company – Element Pictures. It was directed by an Irish man, produced by an Irish man and the screenplay was written by an Irish woman, based on her award winning novel of the same name. The music was written by an Irish man and the editor is Irish.

    It was filmed in Canada because, like so many films produced outside the studio system, it relied on international co-production deals in order to get financed and produced. The terms of these contracts often dictate that, in order to quality for Canadian funding, for example, a certain of amount of production needs to be carried out in Canada. A lot of features filmed in Ireland follow the same model, even though they originate in other countries. If you look closely at the production structures of most European films, the vast majority follow the exact same model.

    In terms of its funding and the genesis and drive of the idea and project, this is absolutely an Irish film. If anything it’s to be commended for stepping away from the idea that an Irish film HAS to be set in Ireland. I hope it encourages Irish filmmakers to be more ambitious in the scope of their projects and more creative in producing films.

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    Jan 14th 2016, 3:31 PM

    Well that’s MeanderingsNI firmly and comprehensively put in his place. Thanks for the background Emma.

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    Jan 14th 2016, 4:20 PM

    Room had 3 production companies, one of which were Irish, 2 producers one of which was Irish. Screenplay/novel was by Irish-Canadian based in Canada. A list 5 of editors worked on the project, only the colourist was Irish. Yes the director was Irish. There ends the list of Irish credits, probably very similar to many films made these days.
    The film was based in canada because the screenwriter lives there, it was natural for her to sell her screenplay in the country in which she lives which happens to have a good film industry.

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    Jan 14th 2016, 4:21 PM

    And Brooklyn?

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    Jan 14th 2016, 4:48 PM

    It’s a Canadian-Irish co-production, and if Lenny Abrahamson or Brie Larson win I’m sure Canadian media will report it as such, even if neither of those people are Canadian. For an example of what you describe, see the British media reporting Saoirse Ronan as British when she has nothing to do with the country.

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    Jan 14th 2016, 4:54 PM

    The Canadian Media are already describing it as a Canadian-Irish production, which it is – considering some funding came from Ireland. At least they have the courtesy to credit Ireland, which is more than could be said for the Irish media who have sought to claim all the glory (Inferiority Complex) – which was my first point.

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    Jan 15th 2016, 3:20 AM

    Do the UK have an inferiority complex when claiming Conor McGregor and Saoirse Ronan as British? It’s not an Irish thing, every country does it so get over it.

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