Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Everybody in the Nite - The Dead Heavys

I featured the song Everybody in the Nite by The Dead Heavys on this blog a few months ago but after listening to the song again this evening I wanted to post the song again. It really is one of the strongest new songs I've heard this year. It is like finding an old 70s rock song on vinyl that captures a couple of genres at the same time.

Hopefully they will play in Dublin sometime soon as I know they would be a great live band. They played a few gigs this summer in Ireland and they play The Forum in Waterford on Saturday November 17th. 

Their website is here and their twitter page is @TheDeadHeavys

Irish Short films: Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

For the past few years I have been studying for a degree in film and drama at a college here in Dublin city. It is a part time evening course so the twelve weeks semesters have defined my autumn and spring seasons over the past few years. There was a great emphasis on Irish film in our many film modules and through the course I discovered several Irish films I wasn't familiar with or in the case of ones that I knew already I saw them in a different perspective or point of view. 

One aspect of Irish films that I love is the diverse range of short films that have been made in this country or partly funded projects from other countries that involve Irish film making personnel. 
I would like to highlight some of my own favourite Irish short films. The first film that I want to feature is one that I never tire of watching. It is Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty which was produced by Brown Bag Films and was directed by Nicky Phelan. It was written by Kathleen O'Rourke who originally created the character of Granny and I think what absolutely makes the film is that Kathleen also voices Granny in the short film. I know that the character of Granny instantly reminded many Irish viewers of a granny, aunt or neighbor from their own childhoods but the humour and structure of the short was also one that made an impression on audiences worldwide too. 

The film was a success at various film festivals and was also nominated for the Best Animated Short Film award at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010. 

Brown Bag Films have since the release of their Granny O'Grimm short film have become even more successful with their creation and production of The Octonauts TV series for CBeebies and The Happy Hugglemonsters and their most recent and acclaimed Doc McStuffins TV series for Disney Junior which is now in a second series.

Their website is here and their twitter page is @BrownBagFilms 

Here's Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty.

Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding

One of the contenders for my favourite song of the year is Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding. I love everything about the song and I think it works on every level. I also think the video is one of the most beautiful of the year. It is brave in a powerful way. Much is written today about pop stars creativity and originality and I think Ellie is definitely well ahead of some of her peers. The huge success of Lights on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart should also allow her the room and scope to work on even more exciting ideas and projects in the future. 

While Anything Could Happen has been released on radio for a long time now it is only been released on single next week in the UK. It will be interesting to see how well it charts especially against the release of music acts who receive much more airplay. 

Here's the video which was directed by Floria Sigismondi.