SDGI Launches Sony Directors Screening Room July 17, 2008 Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and Sony Ireland establish exclusive ‘Sony Directors Screening Room’ in Temple Bar, Dublin. The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) has come together with Sony Ireland to lauch its first ever screening room for directors. This exclusive room is solely for the use of film directors hosting intimate screenings and will be used as a landmark screening room in the heart of Temple Bar, Dublin. This is a high-end facility using Sony’s latest equipment including HD projector, beta, dvd and blu ray players – all of which were generously donated by Sony to SDGI. It is hoped that this facility will raise the status of directors in Ireland by giving them a place to showcase their work to financiers and also where SDGI will hold its directors clubs. “We’re ecstatic that we have the support of Sony Ireland for this project – we have long hoped for an appropriate venue to facilitate screenings for SDGI members, and to have such a high-end venue available to us in Temple Bar will enable us to further develop our activities,” commented Birch Hamilton, Executive Director, SDGI. The screening room will, in the future, play host to the SDGI Directors Club, which was launched in 2007 with the award winning director David Gleeson and his film The Front Line. Since its inception, The Directors Club has generated great interest and excitement with John Carney’s screening of Once and Lenny Abrahamson’s Garage, Neil Jordan’s The Brave One, Jim Sheridan’s Brothers among others. The Directors Club shows a selection of features, dramas, animation and documentary, considered important moments in the history of film and culture and/or in some cases went under the radar from deserved attention. The screenings are followed by an intimate and relaxed dialogue between the director and guild members. The director will share anecdotes about his/her experience of directing, and fellow directors are encouraged to speak about their own work in relation to the work they have seen. The evening aims to foster and promote a greater sense of the director’s perspective nationally and internationally and, most importantly, have some fun. The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland is a representative body established to support the needs of screen directors in Ireland across all audiovisual media. The Guild currently has 146 members and the board is made up of high profile directors such as Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Ciaran Donnelly and Lenny Abrahamson. The launch will take place on the evening of Tuesday 22nd July in Temple Bar with many of Ireland’s most recognisable and talented film directors expected to attend.