A Year on Culture File

It’s wonderful to be part of the team that makes Culture File hosted by Luke Clancy (weekdays, 6.40, RTÉ Lyric fm). I produced my first piece for the show in April – a retrospective on the work of comix artist Daniel Clowes. Since then I’ve reported on everything from underground horror screenings to LCD Soundsystem’s final gig in New York and chatted with everyone from Mystery Theatre 3000′s Mike Nelson to The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt.

So what better end to the year than to come across not one but two lovely reviews of Culture File. The first appeared in the radio review of the Evening Herald (21/12/12) which said,

My first ‘Herald Angel’ goes to… Lyric FM’s Culture File (a show I’ve praised here before). In what category? Oh, I don’t know. Let’s say: Consistent Being-Very-Goodness. It may only be on air for seven or eight minutes a day, but brevity is part of the appeal. What it offers are delicious little slices of culture. Little tasters, little samplers; little glimpses of quirky and murky corners of the cultural universe. Whether it’s illuminating say, hand-made Iranian bags, or the practice of ‘performance knitting’, or Dublin comic-book artists, it’s rarely anything other than charming, witty and engaging.

The second was in the radio review of the Irish Indepedent (22/12/12):

…it’s proof positive that small can be mighty….it’s the incredible breath and range that makes this programme really special…if you can’t find somthing to whet your cultural whistle, you must be either brain dead or actually dead. It’s all dpone with brio and a sense of humour, and makes a great contrast to the mostly music which otherwise fills Lyric’s schedule.

This year Culture File was also nominated for a Prix Europa (at the European Broadcasting Festival) and in July I received my first ever radio review for a piece I made for Culture File about Dublin comic book artists.

I’m looking forward to a cultural year in 2013!

All Culture File episodes are podcasted here.

Sound Man

Cloney Audio is an Irish company that is almost 50 years in business. Set up in the mid-1960′s, the business has survived quite a few recessions. Famous clients include Peter Sellers (see above in Goons mode!). I paid them a visit to find out more.

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Originally broadcast on The Business with George Lee on RTÉ Radio 1 on 15/12/12


When Hitch Met O’Casey…

I’m a bit of an Alfred Hitchcock anorak, so I when I heard that Hitchcock had been to dinner at Dublin playwright Sean O’Casey’s gaff after the making of Hitch’s film version of Juno and the Paycock – it was just to much of a bizarre and intriguing story not to make a piece about it. So I did! For Culture File! We also got artist Philip Barrett to create a comix take on the report for prosperity (see above).

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Originally broadcast on Culture File on RTÉ Lyric fm on 12/12/12

The Irish contribution to Lars Von Trier’s latest project

Lars Von Trier’s latest bizarre movie premise involves creating a “social network” film, enlisting hundreds of directors around the world to contribute short sections to a film now showing in Copenhagen. I spoke to the Spaniard leading the only Irish contribution, Paco Torres.

Listen to the podcast here.

Originally broadcast on Culture File on RTÉ Lyric fm on the 06/12/12