Short story writer and poet whose first screenplay "The Buddy System" was filmed in 1984. She has subsequently scripted the female buddy film "Beaches" (1988), co-produced and co-written the Goldie Ha...
Actress Katherine Heigl is calling on fans to invest $150,000 (£93,750) to help complete production on her new movie Jenny's Wedding. Heigl and director Mary Agnes Donoghue have turned to the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo.com to raise the funds needed for post-production costs.
In a video for the fundraising effort, Heigl says, "We've teamed up with Indiegogo because we are trying to raise money to finish the film and we could really use your help and we have lots of really fun, exciting perks."
Jenny's Wedding chronicles the story of a woman who surprises her conservative parents by telling them she wants to marry her girlfriend.
The campaign has raised $5,980 (£3,738) with 44 days remaining.
A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) charity in Cleveland, Ohio, where the film was shot.
As a columnist for Dublin's Sunday Independent crime reporter Veronica Guerin wrote with conviction about the city's growing drug problems and the pushers behind them--so much so that her life was threatened and she was even shot in the leg at point-blank range in her own home. Ultimately her tenacious efforts to uncover the truth led to her murder on June 26 1995 and her death was instrumental in changing Ireland's criminal and drug laws. Her story is an important one but Hollywood's second attempt at it in Veronica Guerin (the first was 2000's When the Sky Falls starring Joan Allen as Guerin) falls short of telling it well. It may be that this journalist's story is better expressed in the medium she chose herself--print--which would allow a fuller look at the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding Guerin's efforts to uncover crime in her city. Can she name names in print? Should she reveal her sources? Were Dublin's laws keeping criminals on the streets? All these questions are asked but never elaborated upon and a complex intelligent story becomes Hollywood simple.
Cate Blanchett's performance in the title role keeps Veronica Guerin from slipping into made-for-TV muck; as usual she's a powerhouse on the screen. The rest of the all-Irish cast supports her well enough but they often fade into the background--they're mundane voices of reason set again Guerin's devil-may-care flippancy. The one exception is Gerard McSorley (In the Name of the Father) as Guerin's arch-nemesis John Gilligan. He's so violent and angry that he holds his own when he shares the screen with Blanchett. Given what a force the lead character is in the film it's interesting that most powerful scenes are at the end--after Guerin (and Blanchett) have "left the building " as it were. Watching the reactions of the supporting cast when they learn of Guerin's death is a moving experience which Schumacher makes all the more poignant by removing the dialogue and running Sinead O'Connor's "Funeral Song" over the images. (This is not a spoiler folks; it is a true story after all.)
Veronica Guerin is the answer to the question: What happens when the writer of Beaches (Mary Agnes Donoghue) teams up with the producer of Bad Boys (Jerry Bruckheimer) and the director of Bad Company (Joel Schumacher)? You get good and evil black and white lots of guns plenty of punches thrown and a 10-tissue ending when somebody admirable dies. The good guys are schmaltzy good and the bad guys are violently bad. The vast number of syringes strewn about in one scene makes the playground setting look like a medical-waste truck lost its cargo there not as if there were actual addicts shooting up on the monkey bars.
Feature directorial debut, "Paradise", starring Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson
Scripted the feature adaptation of the novel "Beaches", starring Bette Midler
Wrote screen adaptation of the best-selling novel "White Oleander"
Co-wrote and co-produced "Deceived", starring Goldie Hawn
Relocated to Los Angeles to become assistant director of publicity at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Wrote first filmed screenplay, "The Buddy System"
Short story writer and poet whose first screenplay "The Buddy System" was filmed in 1984. She has subsequently scripted the female buddy film "Beaches" (1988), co-produced and co-written the Goldie Hawn thriller, "Deceived" and, with no prior behind-the-camera experience, made her directing debut with "Paradise" (both 1991) which she adapted from Jean Loup Hubert's 1987 French film, "Le Grand Chemin".
Donoghue has also written the play "Me and Mamie O'Rourke" which is scheduled to be staged in the West End during the 1991-92 season.