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Mick Hannigan, Co-Director, IndieCork Film Festival

Wednesday, 27th September, 2017 6:07pm

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

I hadn’t a clue. Still don’t!

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I can’t make any sense of it to be honest. There was never a plan. There still isn’t. I spent five years looking after troubled kids but found I wasn't suited to it. Then the Triskel were looking for someone to start a film club so I happily fell into putting on films and I've had a fair run at it. I'm off to China next week, invited out to the first short film festival there. It’s all nuts.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

I get to meet creative people. I’m blessed in that regard. I've come to realise that we're all creative. But that's another story.

What motivates you?

Seeing audiences moved or changed in some way by a film I’ve put on. That’s a great reward. In life, the prospect of breakfast is great motivation for getting me out of bed.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

“In years to come when your girlfriend advises you to buy shares in an outfit called Google, for God sake listen to the woman.” More generally, I'd say: “Don't worry, it'll be grand.”

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

What a frightening thought! I'd definitely be doing something though. That Bible thing - 'consider the lilies of the field', etc. I've never got that. We have to toil.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

The older I get, the more I appreciate small gestures. I hope I’ve been responsible for some small kindnesses along the way. Or giving encouragement to someone. Stuff like that.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My mother was a very tolerant woman.

What is the life dream now?

To have new adventures: in film, in politics, in travel, in projects. There are so many things to be doing. Despite everything, the world is an interesting place.

How do you switch off?

Staring at my iPhone (reading, tweeting and chatting) with a pint in front of me in some quiet bar. I probably look like some lonely old devil but smart phones and the internet can put you in touch with ideas and people all over the world. Most stimulating!

What is your favourite Cork memory?

I’d a pint with John Berger in the Long Valley one night. Lovely man.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Currently it has to be Nano Nagle Place. What a magnificent facility! Like discovering an Italian village has suddenly popped up in the city centre. Callanan’s pub is a great place of retreat and repose. And for a quiet coffee, Danero in South Main Street is the latest favourite. A most agreeable oasis.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

It’s from the film 'Babette’s Feast': “In this beautiful world of ours, all things are possible”.

When are you at your happiest?

When setting out on some adventure. It's always been this. And right now having a copy of the IndieCork brochure in my hands and reflecting 'hey, we did that!'

Any regrets?

Loads. Oodles of regrets. But I don’t look back. Onwards!

What is your hidden talent?

I’m a brilliant bar stool lawyer.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

Crikey these are probing questions!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Ah now! I’ve said too much as it is!


Name: Mick Hannigan
Age: 64
Lives: In a world of my own
Family: A beautiful teenage daughter Tessa, of whom I’m inordinately proud
Pets: I’m uncle to Sami, an affectionate lurcher belonging to my IndieCork colleague, Úna Feely
Favourite thing about Cork: The opportunity to meet charming, eccentric, people at every turn
Least favourite thing about Cork: The dearth of civic facilities for young people to give expression to their creativity. The lack is detrimental to the development of the city
One thing you’d change about Cork: Put creativity – not just artistic creativity – to the centre of local economic development. Cities prosper when there's a healthy creative scene

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