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We've returned from a two-week break. We raised hell and slept well.

Luckily, we didn't miss much...apart from a dead cat bounce in the markets, a presidential election pantomime and the near collapse of society across the water. But keep calm and carry on.

It's not as if a fire-sprewing creature has emerged from the watery depths of the Poolbeg peninsula to wreak havoc on Ringsend, eh?

At least you can rely on le cool to shed some cultural light on the days ahead with these recommendations. And in a week which saw groups of youths lose their way, we talk to 78-year-old Jimmy Murakami in the l'interview about taking shortcuts.

So wants to release the Craic-en this week, Ciaran or Michael?

With thanks to Camille and Beth

PS. a further reminder that le cool's exhibition and second birthday party, planned for August 12th, has been postponed, New date to be confirmed shortly.

'I've done a cover of Dublin in radioactive flames. I hope you like it.' - Joven Kerekes
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August 11 2011


where
Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2


when
9am - 5.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Solus - Mis-spent Youth

This is Dublin-based street artist Solus’ first solo show and it doesn’t disappoint. The theme of the exhibition comes through strongly in the spray paint on canvas works - small children give you the finger or brandish baseball bats with titles like Too tough to die and Time Bomb. The art is clever and the installations are thought-provoking; there are hatchets sticking out of bleeding televisions and knives protruding from phones (all wrapped in crime scene tape) with some million dollar bills piled in suitcases and scattered around on the floor for good measure. The show manages to make its point about youth culture today, and is particularly relevant and, frankly, scary considering the age of some of those causing the riotous clamour ongoing in the UK. / Beth O'Rafferty

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August 11 2011


where
The Amphitheatre, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8


when
1pm (every Thursday until August 25th)

how much
Free

opera
Opera in the Open

You know those days that take unexpected turns? The ones that meander and twine, dropping you into new experiences? Last week I'm in the Civic Offices arguing with Dublin City Parking Enforcement, we're discussing the finer points of parking permits,  when suddenly, an operatic shrill shakes us from our debate. I notice the weather outside, it's glorious. I notice the crowds gathered in the amphitheatre and suddenly my problems seem menial to those of Carmen, the beautiful gypsy with a fiery temper. I join the picnic basket brigade who have gathered to hear the story unfold in the round and although the loudest cheer of the curtain call is to the sky 'for not raining', this is still perfectly professional Opera. Today it's Tosca's turn, and what better placing than Wood Quay for a story depicting torture, murder and suicide... / Vernon Steel

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August 11 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
11 showings

how much
€10.60

cinema
Super 8

That ominous booming sound you've been hearing recently is that of JJ Abrams' blockbusting behemoth sloping toward a multiplex near you. Indeed, it's fair to say that in certain circles (comic-book guys etc) this release is as eagerly anticipated as the approach of the rapture in an Alabama Baptist care home. It's the presence of grand poobah Spielberg here as producer that has informed early chatter. In brief, the year is 1979 and in small town Ohio five kids are shooting a movie on Super 8 film. They witness a train crash and well, things begin to go bump in the night. At this film's heart however is a tender depiction of adolescence and a belief that as we grow older and less open to wonder, certain ways of seeing become closed to us. More's the pity. Think Goonies meets E.T.  meets Cloverfield, only more so. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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August 11 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€20.50

gig
Jello Biafra

It's impossible to discuss Jello Biafra without reference to the Dead Kennedys' legacy. While any number of forgettable punk bands assumed anti-establishment poses, Biafra's lyrics were always more intelligent and genuinely witty, and the Dead Kennedys' music more subversive and musically memorable than most of their peers – Kafkaesque nightmares set to a blistering surf rock inspired soundtrack. In carefully naming his various bands/projects – Dead Kennedys, No WTO Combo, even his own stage name – Biafra has ensured that subjects close to his heart remain in the public consciousness. The Guantanamo School of Medicine is Biafra's first 'full-time' band since the demise of the legendary Dead Kennedys in 1986. Recent live shows have included Dead Kennedys' originals alongside material from the new Guantanamo School of Medicine EP. Win Tickets / Oran Day.

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August 12 2011


where
The Loft Market, Top Floor, The Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2

when
12-6pm (Each weekend throughout August)

how much
Badges €5, Illustrations €30-150

le other
Gaetan Billault in the Loft

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got til it's gone? French artist Gaetan Billault is taking the big yellow taxi out of the country. After five years here, one of the true gentlemen of the Irish art scene has decided that a new challenge is in order and Dublin's loss is soon to be another city's gain. If you've spent any time here you'll know Gaetan's brilliantly intricate work. Whether it was illustration in Mongrel magazine, covers for this publication, flyers, posters, street art...Gaetan has decorated the walls of the city and those of its citizens with his fantastic animals and doe-eyed dolls. This month is your last chance to own your own Billault piece. His works will be on sale in the Loft Market during August with Gaetan there himself this Friday and next Saturday. Bon voyage monsieur. / Vernon Steel

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August 12 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
9.10pm

how much
€8.90

cinema
Knuckle

The oldest tale in cinema boxing is of the reluctant slugger coming out of retirement for one last fight. Ian Palmer's Knuckle keeps with this tradition. Irish Travellers James Quinn McDonagh (brooding, stoic, unbeaten), and his younger, volatile, brother Michael lead their kindred into a series of bare-knuckled back-lane bouts against rival bruisers. These lucrative fights are well-managed and fairly judged but are steeped in a years-old feud that refuses to go away. However, this isn't fiction. These are real people. That's real blood. Palmer spent thirteen years documenting countless gruesome battles while trying to make sense of it all. He never quite succeeds. Knuckle is a fascinating, often brutal, account of a feud that few seem to understand and even fewer want to end. Just don't try to pick sides. / John Connolly

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August 12 2011


where
R.A.G.E, Fade Street, Dublin 2

when
Until August 13th

how much
Free

exhibition
Loreana Rushe - SoLo

SoLo is Loreana Rushe’s first solo exhibition and showcases her Japanese-meets-pop-culture paintings. The works are full of fantastical subjects like a reinterpretation of Hokusai’s The Wave with the owl, pussycat, and pea green boat. The odd juxtapositions challenge the viewer - such as a sloth in a Wolverine costume - but they are also tinged with humour and irony. The exhibition itself is small and could have done with a better space than the basement of R.A.G.E- the lack of light lets down the pieces and the shelves force you to stand a distance away from the paintings. But it's worth a look if you have spare time on your hands, and you can always pick up a record on the cheap while you’re at it. / Beth O’Rafferty

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August 12 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
9pm

how much
€8.90

documentary
Project Nim

Ever breast-feed a chimp? Well Stephanie LaFarge did when she raised Nim as part of a landmark scientific experiment in the 70s. Spearheaded by linguist Herb Terrace from Columbia University, Nim was to become a bizarre nature vs nuture test case. Director James Marsh (Man on Wire) revisits this most surreal, tragic-comic tale with its wonderful, if slightly unhinged, cast. Nim learns words, grows up, gets attitude and experiences a sexual awakening. And no amount of booze or joints will assuage the chimp within. Project Nim is hilarious, heart-breaking and constantly engrossing. The pictures, footage and interviews amassed tell an extraordinary tale of its time. Besides Terrace, everyone seems genuinely compassionate and likeable for all their flaws. However, you’d be advised to think twice before breast-feeding a chimp. / Zach Joyce

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August 13 2011


where
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
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when
11am

how much
Donations suggested.

sport
Outdoor Yoga

If you care to look closely, you will see that the leaves are already turning and the swallows are leaving in their droves. But before you air out your winter coat, hold on, there are still a few weeks left with which to enjoy the great Dublin summer outdoors. Taking place beside the bandstand in the Phoenix Park every weekend is the best outdoor yoga option in Dublin this summer. Every Saturday morning an ever-growing number of bendy devotees gather to salute the sun, perfect their downward-facing dog and kick-start their weekend with some invigorating altruistic yoga and relaxation. Fiona from Two Palms Yoga Rooms in Stoneybatter is there to lead the practice and ensure you get the most from your stretches. Payment is by donation and all money collected goes to the Dublin Simon Community. You won’t get fairer than that! / Jade O'Callaghan
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August 13 2011


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Washed Out

Ernest Greene sounds like someone who might pop up in something of Neil Simon’s The Out-of-Towners, playing an old-fashioned, curmudgeonly intellectual type, wrestling with the messy business of living, and in some ways Washed Out is doing just that; in a hazy synthpop vein. His two EP’s Life of Leisure and High Times and this year’s Within and Without signal a precocious talent, whose music sounds like an aural equivalent of a seventies summer photograph, like ice-cream falling out of the cone. His earlier incarnation was as Lee Weather in 2008, which was more rock-based, but through using hip-hop as a touchstone, Washed Out took flight. It came as little surprise to find that he creates much of his music at his parents house in Georgia, since they live within a peach orchard, and peachy is the perfect word to describe Greene’s music – Siobhán Kane

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August 13 2011


where
CrawDaddy, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
01 676 5445
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when
11pm

how much
€8


CREEP

The musical marriage of DJ Lauren Flax and her producer pal Lauren Dillard, Brooklyn duo CREEP are among those spearheading the so-called 'witch house' scene. Favouring ominous synths and skittering percussion over eye of newt and rats' tails, the pair draw on elements of UK funky and trip-hop to brew their spectral soundcapes. With their gothic attire and crucifix-adorned logo, it would be easy to dismiss CREEP as Tumblr-famous wannabes with keyboards, save for the fact that Days, a brooding collaboration with The xx's Romy Madley Croft, is among the better tracks you'll hear this year. Aside from the more urban-flavoured You with Nina Sky (remember them?), tracks from CREEP are pretty thin on the ground. All the more reason to whoosh your broomstick over to Crawdaddy and see what the fuss is about. Win Tickets / Joey Kavanagh

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August 13 2011


where
The Laughter Longue, The Basement 4-8 Eden Quay, O'Connell Bridge, Dublin 1.
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when
8.30pm (Aug. 11th & 12th)

how much
€26

comedy
Robbie Bonham & Guests

Most Irish men think they’re hilarious but few can actually lay claim to being the funniest man in Ireland. Robbie Bonham can though,  having been bestowed that honour by listeners of Dublin’s 98FM. A comedian who is not afraid to brandish his nerd credentials, he shamelessly talks about his love of Doctor Who and Star Wars while also finding the humour in his obsessions. An accomplished artist, he also manages to incorporate his drawings into his act, giving a kind of multimedia experience that you don’t get from most comedy shows. Something of an expert at dealing with hecklers, he leaves the smart alecs suitably bemused while seamlessly continuing with the act which often provides some of the most hilarious moments of the evening. The last time I saw him I laughed from start to finish and I defy anyone not to do the same. / Frances Winston

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August 13 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€13

farewell party
The LoveCats - Final Show

The disbanding of Bray-based Burlesque collective The Lovecats is sad news indeed. Best to go out on a high though before vanishing into the night leaving a trail of glitter and garters behind them. This final get-together is shaping up to be a fitting farewell and a wildly decadent display of what the cats do best. Taking to the stage for the last time are a rogue’s gallery of artists and regulars -  The Jazz Cats with divine divas Miss Sally Cat, Miss Fortune and Stella Starlight, pole dancing from National Champion Arlene Caffrey, magic from Grim Squeaker, plus audience competitions, comedy, music and merriment. Expect a delightfully bizarre blend of music, dancing, fishnets, tassels and suspenders. The burlesque scene will seem a quiet place without them. Here’s to Lovecats! / Aoife O Regan

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August 14 2011


where
City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
3pm, starting from City Hall.

how much
Free

demonstration
March for Marriage

June's jubilant Dublin Pride festivities offered a welcome insight into how drastically attitudes in this country towards the LGBT community have changed for the better since Senator David Norris squared up to the Supreme Court two decades ago. For the first time, civilly partnered Irish LGBT couples were among those marching in the parade, adding extra cause for celebration. Although advances in the campaign for LGBT equality have indeed been significant, today's March for Marriage serves as a reminder that there are major hurdles yet to overcome in what is, quite literally, a steeple-chase. Orchestrated by LGBT Noise, March for Marriage asks those denied the right to marry, along with friends, family and colleagues, to unite as one big megaphone, amplifying the call for marriage equality.  / Joey Kavanagh

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August 14 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
13th & 14th

how much
€22.50 for an all-day ticket

festival
Movies Fest

The Irish have lost our spot at the top of Europe's most frequent cinema goers list. We're number two, after Iceland. But the shift could just be a typo. It is important though to acknowledge the change in the movie industry. No longer are the niche comic nerd demographic allowed feel alienated - they are embraced as loyal customers. The industry feeds the wholesome goodwill for the latest remake or adaptation knowing the fanbase is there and that online conversation will buzz each release. And it's hard not to get caught up in the action. So Movie Fest is here to bring us some celluloid excitement. I'm psyched for the unseen trailers, exclusive preview movie clips (Tintin!) and mystery movies. One vampire remake, one western, one body switch movie, two buddy films, two Olivia Wildes, aliens, explosions and laughs. Win a weekend pass / Georgia

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August 14 2011


where
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin



when
Race boats depart from pier 11am

how much
Free

festival
Festival des Bateaux

Out to sea I was. Hmm! Festival des Gateaux I thought, licking my lips. Nom. Nom. Gateaux Chocolat! Not any old Gateaux Chocolat but this one. I was far from home adrift on the choppy waters of my mind. "Bateaux, it's Bateaux as in boats" chided my mate."It's in Dun Laoghaire. Boats. Dun Laoghaire. Geddit!" "Ah Bateaux, mais oui", I responded, exhibiting my flair for the parlance whilst masking my testiness to being branded stupid. Bateaux. Aaah! Sexy girls doffing berets with sailor tops and red neckerchiefs. Sexy. Aaah! I was out to sea again or so it seemed. And then guess what, I googled Festival des Bateaux and Dun Laoghaire and there they were like an apparition waiting for me. Beckoning to come, come to Dun Laoghaire this weekend. I now believe one may have their gateaux and eat it. / Zach Joyce

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August 15 2011


where
45 Richmond Street South,
Portobello,
Dublin 2


when
8am - 8.30pm

how much
Sushi with any pot of Organic tea - €8

le other
Wall & Keogh

A tea shop that sells sushi, run by a man that looks not wholly unlike The Kinks' Ray Davies? Consider one's interest piqued. Tea and sushi may have a whiff of pretension but Wall & Keogh is without such redolence. Admittedly, the first time I walked into their beautiful outdoor area King Hipster was sprawled across the hospital bed-cum-seat like a Manet painting, shoes off book in hand. But the Hipster must eat too. You can get nine pieces of fresh sushi with any pot of organic tea here for just €8. I ate like a Shogun and drank deliciously infused Brazilian Mate while admiring the decor and listening to owner Oliver's well selected tunes. At one point, King Hipster turned and nodded approvingly at me and like generations of Irish before us we silently bonded over tea. A completely refreshing dining experience. / Vernon Steel

 

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August 15 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
6.20pm

how much
€10.60

cinema
Beginners

Oliver, a troubled illustrator in LA, is a quarter Jewish, which makes him less emotional than his half Jewish mum but more than his father who has no Jewish in him at all. His father (Hal) came out of the closet after the death of his mother. Nursing his father through his final days battling cancer Oliver witnesses him find happiness with a sensitive and kooky lover, Andy. Now alone and in mourning, he meets the beautiful and mysterious Anna. Troubles. Meandering around their crippling relationship phobias he manages to draw on the lessons learned from his parents, and at the ripe old age of 38 Oliver finds it's never too late to begin again. The mix of past and present, old news-reel footage, quirky childhood memories, a cute dog and just the right amount of lens flare make this film touching and surprisingly funny. / Hayley Reynolds

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August 16 2011


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
10am-10pm

how much
Depends, Tartine €5.25 Coffee 99c

le other
Momma's Place

Joe Macken seems to be single handedly bringing back good quality, affordable and delicious food to Dublin. His third venture reinvigorates the cafe space in Filmbase, in collaboration with GCN Forever, and is spot-on in terms of the menu and price (a decent cup of Jo for 99c? Do that!) The menu, as in Crackbird, is short and sweet, split into breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are a few kinks to be ironed out yet - the soup of the day isn’t up and running and my waiter asked me what it was exactly I was eating. Small stuff aside though, the staff are friendly, the mood is laid back, and most importantly the portions of food are generously sized, have incredibly fresh ingredients and are bursting full of flavour. / Beth O'Rafferty

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August 16 2011


where
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
10am - 5.30pm (until Oct. 31st)

how much
Free

exhibition
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

After last year's wonderfully hypnotic and award winning cinematic experience that was Uncle Bonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul brings his exhibition, For Tomorrow For Tonight, to IMMA. A constant theme throughout his work, man's relationship with the night is explored through a series of videos, photographs and installations. Always bringing the subject back to a primeval view, Apichatpong makes us look through the eyes of the protagonist, muddying the waters between what nature is and how we perceive it. The exhibition is filled with the directors' films, all wonderfully unstructured and beautifully rendered, with each frame feeling like an extension of the photography that lines the walls. Visually arresting and utterly compelling, this is a genuine treat. / Hugh Torpey

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August 17 2011


where
Horse and June, 22 Drury Street, Dublin 2


when
10am-6pm

how much
Depends...

le other
The Horse and June Secret Sale

There’s no hiding the fact that Horse and June is a shop at the upper end of the vintage clothing price continuum, but there’s a very good reason why. Of the rash of vintage shops that have appeared in around Dublin's George's St. Arcade in recent times, Horse and June is a place where almost everything in the shop could be considered a genuine 'find'. The sparsely populated shelves add to the exclusivity of the shop, where vintage Chanel pieces can be complemented with Nina Ricci sunglasses. If you had the money, you could accidentally end up looking like a 50s movie star within seconds. But now, with their secret sale, all you have to do is visit their website to get a voucher for 25% off purchases made in August. Ok so it's not so secret any more, but aren't you glad you know about it? / Jessica Hayden

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August 17 2011


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
17-21st, 7pm, Weekends 3pm

how much
Free

theatre
Romeo and Juliet Unplugged

Shakespeare in the park - it’s been done to death, I know; this attempt stands apart though- there are no lights, no mics, very little set, just pure drama. The actors throw themselves whole-heartedly into each part though it verges on the melodramatic at times. The play runs a little long at two and a quarter hours, but it does keep you interested. There are some odd musical choices (Horse Outside in a Shakespearean play? What?) but on the whole it works, mainly because of the dedication of the actors. Get some cans, bring a blanket, and sit near the front, otherwise you won’t hear it all. / Beth O’Rafferty

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where
Various, one featured here: 92 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

when
Beer O'clock.

how much
Depends.

le other
Home Brewing

Home brewing is not simple, as my well documented trials will testify, but it is becoming very popular. You might wonder why, it's a lot of trouble and there's always the chance you'll end up with 48 bottles of liquid unfit for human consumption. Its popularity may be due in part to the beautiful justification home-brewing gives to folk who like to drink beer for no reason at all, 'Oh well this is home-brewed' and therefore somehow healthier. It also works out at around 50 cent a pint for beer that contains only the ingredients you choose to put in. Suddenly the popularity is not a mystery anymore. If you needed one more reason why you should become a home-brewer, the learned and helpful people at www.mybeerandwine.ie are that reason; they will calmly soothe your brew-virgin fears as you journey down the path towards yeasty glory.  / Jessica Hayden

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Jimmy Murakami

Japanese-American animator and director, Jimmy Murakami, bestows some wisdom upon le cool.

It all started when I was a child. I did a lot of drawing; I was just curious. I’m not saying I had a natural talent, it was something to do while I was in the [internment] camp for four years.

When I got out I never really thought of art in terms of becoming an artist. I was head hunted by UPA studios, to learn the trade and to get into animation. It intrigued me so I left painting on the sidelines.

My short films are my favourite productions. I think When The Wind Blows was my best feature because it was my kind of story, it was a drama and filmed under really difficult conditions. You got to take shortcuts, but take the right shortcuts. Individuality is very important, as is creativity. Anybody who tries something different is good.

Jimmy Murakami's 'New Work' exhibition opens Thursday Aug 11th at 6pm in the Powerscourt Gallery (runs until 18th). Jimmy will open the Anime Weekend in the Chester Beatty Library with a free workshop at 11am on Aug 13th. PHOTO: Con O'Donoghue