A protest of taxpaying film workers will be held on Thursday 26th May at the offices of Samson Films

For those of you working in the Irish Film Industry this is what’s been done in your name.

No name or group attached.

A protest of taxpaying film workers will be held on Thursday 26th May at the offices of Samson  Films who have benefited to the tune of almost €3m  this year and have not created one quality job in the film industry in contravention of the Film Regulations.
The protest will then move to the offices of the Irish Film Board at Lord Edward Street. The Irish Film Board is, we believe, the last surviving “quango” of the Fianna Fail, Anglo Irish Bank, Galway Tent brigade and their latest stated aims to “actively pursue” foreign co-production investment in Irish films means the bells are tolling for film jobs in Ireland, as it is there are currently approx 40 crew working in this country since 3 weeks ago, not a single crew member worked in film since mid December.
The Film Regulations, SI 357 clearly lay out the conditions for the application of Section 481 Relief. These conditions have not been met on a single film to date and as the Irish Film Board is peopled by industry professionals and lacks balance or indeed transparency film crews who are Irish taxpayers have been left with no alternative but to try to tackle this situation by means of peaceful protest and political lobbying.

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6 replies

  1. Well said – I always find of interest when sitting Board members are able to make awards to Board members projects.

  2. Well done Tom , we might have had our differences in the past , but your spot on the money with this . Someone needs to ask some serious questions on behalf of the taxpayers of this State about this cosy relationship between a select group of Producers and the Irish Film Board . It’s soul destroying , when Public monies are left in the hands of private Sector Producers , with no governance from the State . Once again well done . Hopefully all workers , no matter what their political persuasion is will ask these same questions of their local TDs.

  3. Well said tom , couldnt of said it better myself! Its about time people start to cop on to the irregularities in the industry. Its been a pleasure to work with you over the years and its good to no someone in your position is standing up to these people in this industry.. I look forward to working with in the future.

  4. Well said Tom!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Well done Tom standing up for everyone! Wish there was more like you!

  6. Well done Tom! I’m a trainee AD and it’s slave labour! Thank God someone stood up for it!

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