IFTA nominated film director Frank Berry gave a talk to film and media production students in Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE)

Berry’s “social realism” genre of works include the critically acclaimed Ballymun Lullaby, I Used to Live Here, Michael Inside, and more recently, Sky Cinema Original Aisha – which addresses the issue of direct provision in Ireland.

Frank, who was a tutor on CDCFE’s Film Production HND and BA Degree course now makes films that highlight issues such as addiction, poverty and suicide. He gave advice to students in a Q&A session, which was hosted by fellow director and film course tutor Leticia Agudo.

“Students who aspire to be directors should practice a lot – whatever the genre, you’ll learn from the experience of the audience watching the film, that way your voice will start to come through in your work. Students starting out in the industry should work hard to make connections and be positive, reliable and driven.”

The event was run as part of a work experience initiative by the college’s media department which featured Riverside Television’s Outside Broadcast truck. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a real-industry TV production training day.


Media tutor and organizer Melissa Brophy said “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to work and learn from professional camera operators, editors, vision & sound engineers who have all worked extensively in broadcast television, from news, current affairs & documentary, to sport, light entertainment & drama”.


Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE’s Open Day will take place on Thursday March 2nd from 12 to 7pm. All are welcome to attend and speak to staff and students from the variety of courses on offer. There will be interactive workshops and demonstrations on the day, as well as information on learning and disability supports and educational grants and funding. For more information and to apply for a course visit www.cdcfe.ie