Friday, 12 June 2020

Our university is working to ensure that our students’ experience will be the best that we can deliver in September 2021, whether they are starting a new course this September or returning for another year of study.At all times we will prioritise our university community’s health, safety and wellbeing as we structure the learning experience around the realities of a changed environment and will therefore at all times make decisions that adhere to public health advice. For the vast majority of students, including First Years, the semester will begin on 28 September. For First Years this is predicated on the Leaving Certificate results being released on or near the usual mid-August release date. Full dates can be found here: .  Undergraduate orientation will take place in the week commencing 21 September and comprise a mix of online and on-campus activities to help First Year students familiarise themselves with the university, understand the structures and demands of student life, learn about the supports available to them and get to know their fellow classmates who will in time become lifelong friends. Course Delivery All taught programmes will be delivered in a blend of online and on-campus classes. Irrespective of the size of the class, we will have on-campus learning built into the student experience, typically through on-campus tutorials, seminars, distanced meet-ups and/or laboratories according to the needs of various courses. At all times capacity in rooms will conform to public health advice. We will work to accommodate the small number of students who cannot come to campus for health, access or other reasons, so as not to disadvantage their academic journey. We are working hard to ensure that all learning will be made available online, or accessible through some alternative means, to allow for students who may face delays in arriving in Ireland, allow for limits to student numbers in teaching spaces, accommodate those who cannot attend for health reasons, and to provide a backup in case of a rise in COVID-19 transmissions.  A final decision on the structure of Semester 2 will follow later when the COVID-19 scenario is clearer. Further Information Available 

Friday, 8 November 2019

Huston Main Room , Thursday Nov 21st 3pm DEFEND THE DEFENDERS: A SHORT DOCUMENTARY Emmet Sheerin, Trócaire Campaigns Outreach Officer, will speak about his journey in writing and directing this documentary, as well as the communities affected by big business, and Trócaire’s campaign on Business and Human Rights. Emmet is a graduate of the MA in Public Advocacy and Activism Some private companies are responsible for serious human rights violations, including threats and violent attacks on communities and individuals, known as human rights defenders. This short documentary by Trócaire examines such realities in Guatemala, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for human rights defenders. The film is linked to Trócaire’s campaign calling for an international treaty on Business and Human Rights.           Consuelo, Honduras, is refusing to back down against logging and mining companies that are exploiting her land.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

GRAINNE HUMPHREYS - NOVEMBER 7TH  3pm Huston Main Room Grainne is festival director of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. She was previously Assistant Director in the Irish Film Institute, where she was Director of both Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival and the Dublin French Film Festival from 2002- 2007. She is a board member of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and has served as a jury member on several international film festivals and has coordinated a number of film programmes at numerous international events. During her visit to Huston she will speak about her long and varied experience of festivals and offer advice for film makers. She will also speak of the forthcoming student day at ADIFF and a special film competition aimed at third level students.  

Friday, 3 May 2019

Gaelic Games on Film: From silent films to Hollywood hurling, horror and the emergence of Irish cinema  by Seán Crosson Irish Screen Studies Seminar, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway Thursday 9 May @ 5.30pm Introduced by Professor Philip Dine All welcome! Gaelic games have repeatedly provided filmmakers with a resonant motif to represent perceived aspects of Irish identity, perceived as these representations have been neither straightforward nor unproblematic. In international productions in particular, Gaelic games have been employed on occasion as a short hand for regressive stereotypes associated with Irish people, including their alleged propensity for violence. For indigenous producers, on the other hand, Gaelic games afforded distinctive Irish cultural practices and as such were employed to promote and affirm the Irish nation, particularly as an indigenous film culture began to develop in the aftermath of World War II. From the late 1960s onwards, a critical turn became evident in these indigenous productions though contemporary depictions of Gaelic games still occasionally reveal the more problematic stereotypes associated with Ireland and Irish identity. This study provides the first major monograph examination of filmic representations of Gaelic games, charting these representations from the earliest years of the twentieth century, including silent films such as Knocknagow (1918) to more recent productions Michael Collins (1996) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006). Among the areas examined are newsreel depictions of Gaelic games; Hollywood’s fascination with hurling in the mid-20th century (including in the work of Oscar-winning director John Ford), which led to a range of productions featuring the sport culminating with the Oscar-nominated short Three Kisses (Paramount, 1955); the importance of the depictions of Gaelic games to the emergence of a distinctive Irish film culture post WWII; and the role of Gaelic games in contemporary cinema. Seán Crosson is Co-Director of the MA Sports Journalism and Communication and Director of Graduate Research in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, National University of Ireland Galway. His previous publications include Sport and Film (Routledge, 2013) and (as co-editor) Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe (Peter Lang, 2010). Further book information available at:

Monday, 29 April 2019

Renowned film theorist Professor Laura Mulvey, Senior Professor of Film Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, will give a public talk at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at 2pm on Friday 10th May as part of the 15th Irish Screen Studies Seminar, to be held at  the Huston on the 9th and 10th of May 2019. This lecture will take place in the Huston Main Room.   Professor Mulvey’s talk will explore her use of digital technology to remix Hollywood films of the 1950s and will be followed by a screening of her avant-garde classic Riddles of The Sphinx, which she co-directed with Peter Wollen in 1977. Laura Mulvey is responsible for some of the most influential publications in the field of film studies over the past forty-five years, including her 1975 article “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” which remains a foundational text for feminist film theory, and her 2006 book Death 24x a Second, which explored the role new media technologies play in our experience of film.  To confirm attendance email  

Friday, 1 March 2019

Thursday Mar 14th 2019 :  Huston Main Room   3pm Conor McGarrigle on Data Art   We are, according to Shoshana Zuboff, in the age of Surveillance Capitalism – "a new economic order that claims human experience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction and sales"  Today almost every aspect of everyday life produces data in unimaginable quantities to be captured and processed by neural networks to power ever-more sophisticated and totalising models of human behaviour. As the complexity of these systems grows the ability to understand and critique their workings diminishes, even as it becomes more urgent and necessary. Against this backdrop, this talk will discuss critical data art. How can artists engage with big data and artificial intelligence to provide a critical voice to current debates on surveillance capitalism. Conor McGarrigle is an artist, researcher and lecturer in Fine Art New Media. His practice is characterised by urban interventions mediated through digital technologies, and data-driven explorations of networked social practices. Projects include durational walking performances, large scale outdoor projections, smartphone apps and generative video installations. 

Monday, 18 February 2019

February 21st 3pm in Huston Main Room : Pierce Ryan: Screenwriter Black '47 (2018) and Standby (2014) - followed by screening of Black ’47 ‌ Screenwriter Pierce Ryan will speak in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media this Thursday, 21 February at 3pm, followed by a screening of Black ’47. Ryan is a three time IFTA nominated writer; his credits including  Black ’47 (2018), Standby (2014) and the IFTA nominated short An Ranger (2008) upon which Black ’47 was based. He will discuss his work in film, the Irish film funding landscape, and how to build a career in screenwriting. 

Monday, 7 January 2019

Sir Christopher Frayling is Rector of the Royal College of Art and Professor of Cultural History. He was until recently Chairman of Arts Council England and former Chairman of the Design Council. He is well-known as an historian, critic and an award-winning broadcaster. His many books include: Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula (1992); The Yellow Peril – Dr Fu Manchu and the Rise of Chinophobia (2014); Inside the Bloody Chamber: on Angela Carter, the Gothic and other weird tales (2015); Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in Italy (2005) Wednesday January 16th, 6pm (Huston School) Frankenstein - The first two hundred years (lecture - followed by screening of “Bride of Frankenstein”) Thursday January 17th,  3pm (Huston School) Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece   (lecture followed by screening “Once Upon a Time in the West”) _________________________________________________________________________ FRANKENSTEIN - the first two hundred years. Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' was first published on New Year's Day 1818. This illustrated lecture will celebrate the novel's 200th birthday by exploring its difficult journey into print, and its colourful afterlife on stage, in films, and within everyday culture. In the era of artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, IVF treatments, robotics, three-parent families and animal-human interfaces, the lecture will argue that the modern creation myth of 'Frankenstein' - the one where it is the scientist who does the creating - has never been more relevant. 'Frankenstein' is one of the most-filmed stories of all time - up there with Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. This lecture will discuss some of the reasons why... _______________________________________________________________ ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - SHOOTING A MASTERPIECE Sergio Leone's film 'Once Upon a Time in the West' set out to be the ultimate Western - a celebration of the power of classic Hollywood cinema, a meditation on the making of America, and a lament for the decline of one of the most cherished of film genres in the form of a "dance of death". The original Italian title 'C'era una volta il West ' translates as "Once Upon a Time There Was the West". With this film, Sergio Leone said a fond farewell to the noisy and flamboyant world of the Italian Western, which he had created with 'A Fistful of Dollars' and sequels (1964-6), and aimed for something much more ambitious - an exploration of the relationship between myth ('Once Upon a Time...'), history (' the West') and his own autobiography as an avid film-goer.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

  Thursday October 25th 3-5pm Main Room, Huston School  Huston’s next industry guest is writer/director/producer Luke McManus. His workshop at Huston will be followed by screening / discussion of his recent credit as producer and what is turning out to be the must-see Irish doc , The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid* in the Eye Cinema . Limited no of screening tickets available to MA students Luke McManus is a director and producer of films and television making award-winning documentaries for Channel 4, RTE, TV3 and TG4, winner of three IFTA Awards,  the Celtic Media Award, the Radharc Award and prizes at the Galway Film Fleadh and Cork Film Festival. He has also directed a number of dramas for Channel 4, TG4 and the Irish Film Board. Credits include I Am Immigrant (TV Movie documentary) Psych Ward (TV Series), Seoige and O'Shea (TV Series) “a handsome documentary that explores the clash between tradition and progress; between the rights of the individual and the perceived good of society”              Screendaily

Monday, 13 August 2018

Lecturer in Digital Media (Full Time, Permanent) Applications are invited for a new full-time permanent Lectureship (Below the Bar) in Digital Media.   The successful candidate will have experience of University level teaching and curriculum design and will play a key role in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that integrate the best of contemporary critical studies, digital practice and moving-image production. Areas of expertise may include: digital cultures; sound/video production; creative coding, design foundations for web and/or gaming; animation; interactive design; emerging screen technologies (VR / AR). Responsibilities will include leading digital media components of our new BA in Film and Digital Media and our established MA in Digital Media, and supervising PhDs using both theoretical and practice research perspectives. Applicants should hold a PhD in Digital Media or a related field. For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr. Tony Tracy  For more information and Application Form please see:

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Galway Cathedral Recitals - Summer Concerts 2018 in association with Huston School of Film & Digital Media, presents a cine-concert of Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 silent masterpiece with live accompaniment on the Cathedral's organ by John Columba McCann. Dreyer’s film is based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc and her sentence to be burnt at the stake in 1431. Aiming to communicate Joan’s purity, Dreyer's scrupulously prepared film was shot using natural light and actors without makeup in order to highlight the naturalism of the characters and their expressiveness. Despite being produced by Société Génerale des Films, the film’s premiere was delayed due to the protests of the Bishop of Paris who insisted on several scenes being cut.  Dreyer's direction and Renee Falconetti's performance in the lead role are often listed as amongst the finest in cinema history. JOHN COLUMBA MCCANN is a member of the monastic community at Glenstal Abbey, where his roles include organist, director of the school choir, novice master and director of Benedictine Oblates. Drawing inspiration from the French tradition of organ improvisation, he was mostly self-taught until he was fortunate to receive lessons from Ansgar Wallenhorst (Ratiingen) and Frédéric Blanc (Paris). Over the last ten years he has hosted the Glenstal Abbey summer school in organ improvisation, where he has acted as assistant tutor. The screening will be introduced by Dr Tony Tracy of Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway and will take place in  Galway Cathedral on Thursday 5 July at 8:00pm Tickets through Eventbriteor on the door.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                          Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway PhD Research Symposium 2018 Main Room Huston School   Tuesday 29th May 12.30               Martin Jones, ‘Genres, Paratexts and Small National Cinemas’ 13.00               Trine Riel, Tracing Nietzsche: How to make philosophy visible? 13.30               Lunch 14.30               Temmuz Gúrbúz, ‘The Possible Intersection of Queer Methodologies and Punk Productions’ 15.00               Ben Gwalchmai, 'Electrified Phenomenology? Bridging network cultures to the dominant approach to digital texts' 15.30               Dr Barry Monahan, "Hands, Cinema and Lenny Abrahamson's Garage" Wednesday 30th May 10.00               Noel Hendrick, ‘Leviathan (2013): A Phenomenology of dread’ 10.30               Cormac McGarry, ‘Playing with the Picture Plane: Examining the Contributions of Depth and Perspective to Comics’ Reading/Watching Dialectic’ 11.00               Mairead Casey, ‘“Where is Regan?”: Reframing Demonic Possession in The Exorcist (2016) Television Serial’ 11.30               Dan Dwyer, ‘‘Feel the build-up, feel connected’. Mediated sport and the Irish audience in Britain’  

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

We are delighted to announce that Huston School of Film & Digital Media alumnus Patricia Prieto-Blanco has just received the prestigious International Visual Sociology Association, Rieger Award for her PhD thesis: Affect and Affordances: case studies of transnational digital family photography. The award – only one of which is made each year - recognises outstanding work by graduate students in visual sociology. Patricia was supervised by Dr. Tony Tracy (Huston) and Dr. Anne Byrne (Sociology and Politics), NUI Galway and now lectures in photography at University of Brighton.

Monday, 12 March 2018

To coincide with Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger an exhibition of the world's largest collection of Famine-related art at Dublin Castle, Dr Tony Tracy (Huston School of Film & Digital Media) has co-curated a month-long ‘The Great Hunger on Film’ programme at the Irish Film Institute as part of the Archive at Lunchtime on on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. On March 24th Dr Tracy will introduce an omnibus screening, outlining the history of representations of the Great Famine as well as considering challenges and issues around such constructions.   Dr. Tony Tracy has also commissioned and executive produced the short film The Hunger Times on behalf of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (Quinnipiac University), which will have its premiere at the IFI on March 21st as part of a gala event that includes a screening of Black ’47. Produced by Tile Media, the film will be available to schools and general audiences via online platforms with supporting educational materials.