How The West Is Winning

On Tuesday September 19th An Áit Eile, as part of Notions and in association with Galway 2020 presents How The West Is Winning: screenings of three locally produced short films followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and Kenny Gaughan, co-founder of Little Cinema Galway.

This will take place in The Black Gate Cultural Centre from 7pm and admission is only €5. The films to be screened on the night are 3:47, by Matthew Blayney; Scratch, by Project Spatula; and Spotless, by Emily Murray and Jamie Hooper.

Read on to find out more about these talented filmmakers…


Jamie Hooper


Jamie Hooper is a 27 year old Multimedia Graduate who attained his degree producing deeply silly projects, like a stop-motion animation about a sentient poo. He wrote Spotless and, with Emily Murray, produced the film in 57 hours at the Offline Filmmaking Challenge. Spotless took the first prize place and went on to be screened at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. He currently works in Dublin.


Matthew Blaney

Matthew Blayney was born in Reading, England and was primarily into making and DJ-ing music. It was only when he emigrated to Galway in 2006 that he first became interested in acting and movie making in general.

After relentlessly pursuing a career in acting that landed him 3 acting agents and a role in Fair City, he took up an FAS course in TV and Video production in Kerry and write a short film titled ‘Extreme Me’ which went on to screen internationally on the festival circuits in over 10 different countries.

Now in his third year studying Film and Documentary at GMIT, he has written, directed and edited four other short films in these last 2 years and worked on countless others. His most successful film is a psychological thriller called ‘3:47’ which has won some awards, made the finals and semi-finals in film festivals in both Hollywood and LA respectively. He recently sold the broadcast rights of this film to shorts TV.


Emily Murray

Emily Murray is a director and editor based in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated from NUI, Galway in 2013 with a BA in English & Film Studies. While there she directed a number of award winning student theatre productions. Her short film ‘Spotless’ was nominated for the 2017 Irish Young Director Awards and received the Jury’s Special Mention in the Short Film Category. Emily also holds a first class honours MSc in Multimedia from Dublin City University. She currently works as an editor for Along Came A Spider, a content production agency in Dublin. Her short films have screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Cork Film Festival, and Breakthroughs Film Festival, Toronto. Spotless was the winner of the 2016 OFFline Film Making Challenge. It was made for a minuscule budget, shot, cut and finished in 48hrs. It was written by long time friend and first time collaborator Jamie Hooper.




Yvette is a Galway based artist who dabbles in anything she can get her paws on. She has worked with a number of Galway based companies and collectives over the years, including Macnas, Anam Theatre, Dodo Theatre, Simulacra Theatre to name a few, and acting the fool as a presenter on Balcony TV Galway. Yvette comes from a performance background, but has been exploring as a designer for the past two years. She has been the production designer for various short films in the past two years, and was the designer for Gondla (2016) which toured around Ireland, and the upcoming production of Crime and Punishment. She is now the head production designer for the Galway based film collective Project Spatula, taking care of set, costume, puppeteering raw fish, smashing glass, pouring latex over actors, and stripping her house for parts and props.


Kenny Gaughan

Kenny Gaughan, co-founder of Little Cinema Galway and Wonderfulife Productions, is a Galway based filmmaker.
Deciding to leave his job in a medical device manufacturing factory, he took a year out to go travelling was hospitalized for a couple of months. It was then that he decided to follow his original goal of making films and enrolled in the one year Film & Documentary course in Galway Community College. It was there that he met Julia Puchovska and Liam Doherty, who turned out to be best friends and also great collaborators. The three of them set up the Little Cinema in May 2010, wanting it to be a platform for filmmakers of all levels, where all genres of films and content would be welcome.
They’ve screened each month since then and have shown around about 800 films in that time from countless filmmakers in places as diverse as the Galway Film Fleadh, Electric Picnic, Galway Theatre Festival, and even a special screening with Chris O’Dowd their patron.
You can see a screening of three films along with a panel discussion led by Kenny Gaughan this Tuesday in The Black Gate Cultural Centre from 7pm.