Amy Louise O'Callaghan

Writer, Illustrator, Filmmaker

Location icon Ireland

UCC MA Film and Screen Media graduate with a keen interest in directing and screenwriting, as well as writing about various topics ranging from film to music and feminism. When I am not doing any of that, I am usually either painting or ranting on Twitter.

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Amysfilmlist
01/03/2017
The Big Problem With John Hughes' Films

"When you grow up, your heart dies", this statement, boldly declared by Aly Sheedy's character Allison in The Breakfast Club, is considered among many as a pinnacle statement of teen angst, summing up the turbulence, sadness, angst and fear experienced by teenagers everywhere.

Motley Magazine
01/15/2016
#52FilmsByWomen | Motley Magazine

Words: Amy Louise O' Callaghan January is well known to be a "month of change", a time to make subtle changes and resolutions in your life. Now generally, these resolutions never go much further than telling yourself you'll make a conscious decision to go to the gym but more often than not, these resolutions don't amount to much, and you'll step foot in the Mardyke ...

Radsound
03/07/2016
Album Review: Raleigh Ritchie // You're A Man Now Boy

It might have been just me, but fewer debuts have been as anticipated as Raleigh Ritchie ie. Jacob Anderson's latest release, You're A Man Now Boy. With a high profile role as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones, it can be easy to forget that Anderson is first and foremost, a musician.

Radsound
07/10/2016
Album Review: Shura // Nothing's Real

Love is not an uncommon topic among songwriters, in fact, I am currently struggling to pick off the top of my head, an example of a song about anything else.

Motley Magazine
01/31/2016
#OscarsSoWhite ... (again) | Motley Magazine

Amy O' Callaghan takes a look at one of the film industry's greatest downfalls, ahead of this awards season. There are only two major things being discussed in regards to the 2016 Academy Awards: whether or not Leo will finally get his Oscar and the blatantly obvious lack of people of colour in the nominations list.

Be Nothing Club
09/15/2017
The Rich White Male Gamer: The Real Enemy in Video Games

By Mer Made Ah the humble boss battle, a staple of most modern video games. You spend a significant chunk of your life gunning down enemies, delving into dungeons or maybe just hopping from platform to platform, only to be finally met by a huge, hulking, usually spiky, always angry monster who is currently extremely...

Be Nothing Club
09/01/2017
We Need to Stop Sleeping On Pillow Queens

Article and Illustration by Mer Made Dublin-based Pillow Queens became one of my favourite bands last April, when I just so happened to stumble upon their self-published EP Calm Girls whilst looking for new Irish acts to listen to. On an island that seems to be perpetually filled with all-male indie bands, finding an female-dominated...

Be Nothing Club
08/19/2017
The Commodification of Feminism: Is It Really Just A T-Shirt?

By Mer Made I was 16 when I first properly began to identify as a feminist. It was 2012, Beyoncé's now iconic 2014 VMA performance had not occurred, and the word "feminist" was so divisive that you could barely utter the word in public without being shouted down and accused of being a man-hating lesbian...

Be Nothing Club
11/03/2017
Mobile Games Are Not Your Enemy

By Mer Made Last week Nintendo finally dropped the details on the newest member of the Animal Crossing series, a mobile game for both IOS and Android called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Originally announced in 2016, AC: PC is Nintendo's third foray into the world of mobile gaming, and follows the highly successful Super Mario...

Be Nothing Club
08/10/2017
American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused: The Ultimate Coming-Of-Age Films

By Mer Made In 1993, following the release of the Richard Linklater's beloved Dazed and Confused, the film was lauded for being the antithesis to John Hughes' quirky filmography of angst-ridden teenagers with all the problems of world on their shoulders. Dazed and Confused instead took us right back to the 1970s and introduced...

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