Cork International Film Festival 2020


The National Sculpture Factory is delighted to present In-Conversation for this year’s Cork International Film Festival 2020

In-Conversation :

Renowned Irish artist Gerard Byrne in-conversation with L.A. based Scottish cinematographer Michael McDonough.

Michael worked on some of Gerard’s early film works in New York in the late nineties and they have continued their professional and personal relationship since then.


Here Gerard talks to Michael about his most recent projects working on Bosch, an American T.V. series produced for Amazon Studios; while also looking back on his successes as Director of Photography on the award winning Winter’s Bone with director Debra Granik with whom he has made a number of features with. They also make time to speak about Michael’s engagement with artist Douglas Gordon; on the cinematography for Gordon’s video installation Play Dead and his role in making of Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait; before they finally touch on Gerard’s work Why it’s Time for Imperial, Again filmed in New York.

Credit: Graham Johnston – Arri 765 Camera filming for Terence Davies ‘Sunset Song’ in New Zealand

Gerard Byrne – Irish Artist
Gerard Byrne (b. 1969) is a visual artist working with photographic, video, and live art. In 2007 he represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale. Other major presentations of his work at international biennials include the biennales of Gwangju and Sydney in 2008, Lyon in 2007, the Tate Triennial in 2006, and the Istanbul Biennale in 2003.


Solo exhibitions include Secession, Vienna, Austria (2019); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2017); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2016); ICA Boston and the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (both 2008), Dusseldorf Kunstverein, the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2007), the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003) and at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2002). In 2006 he was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn award. He is represented in London by Lisson Gallery and in Stockholm by Galerie Nordenhake.

Michael McDonough – Cinematographer ASC BSC
Michael has 20 years of experience as a feature film cinematographer with such directors as David Mackenzie (Starred Up), Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs), Terence Davies (Sunset Song), Stephen Frears (Lay The Favourite), Michael Radford (Elsa and Fred) and Lawrence Kasdan (Darling Companion) as well as multiple collaborations with former NYU classmate, Debra Granik (Down to the Bone / Winter’s Bone and Leave No Trace). Winter’s Bone received 4 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture.


Along the way Michael has received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination from Winter’s Bone and a London Evening Times Award nomination for Sunset Song.


In television Michael has piloted for Alan Ball and David Milch with HBO, as well as piloted and shot 2 seasons of Fear The Walking Dead for AMC and 4 seasons of Bosch for Amazon Networks as well as episodes of Downton Abbey for ITV and Henry V and Murder for the BBC in the UK.

In-Conversation is available to view online from November 12th 12:01 AM – November 15th 11:59 PM through Cork International Film Festival’s virtual festival portal. BOOK HERE.