Advance screening – Necessity: Oil, Water & Climate Resistance


Necessity film screening information



For Immediate Release: For More Information:
Tuesday, March 04, 2020 Katrina Stovold

Award-winning filmmaker Jan Haaken will be presenting her film Necessity: Oil, Water & Climate Resistance at St. John’s Central College on Wednesday 11 March at 6 p.m.

CORK, IRELAND – On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, UCC’s Department of Sociology and Criminology and Women Producing Media will host an advance screening of Prof. Jan Haaken’s film Necessity: Oil, Water & Climate Resistance at St. John’s Central College.

The event will take place in the lecture theater of St. John’s Central College on Sawmill Street in Cork. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Prof. Haaken, Dr. Tracey Skillington, and Dr. Paul Bolger. Admission is free.

Necessity traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying toxic tar sands oil through North America. Home to much of the world’s precious freshwater resources, the state is also the site of expanding oil industry infrastructure. The film follows indigenous activists and non-indigenous allies in their resistance to the pipelines traversing native lands and essential waterways. The film is slated to go into wider distribution later in 2020.

Prof. Haaken is a visiting Fulbright professor, a professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker. She has published extensively in the areas of psychoanalysis and feminism, the history of psychiatric diagnosis, the psychology of storytelling, group responses to violence, and the dynamics of social change. From refugee camps, war zones, domestic violence shelters and asylums to drag bars and hip-hop clubs, Haaken’s projects focus on people who inhabit the border zones of society and their insights on the broader social order.

Dr. Tracey Skillington is Director of the BA Sociology, Department of Sociology & Criminology. Recent publications include Climate Justice & Human Rights and Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice. She has published extensively on the human rights dimensions of climate change and is currently involved in a new EU funded project, JUSTNORTH, examining barriers to the realization of sustainable development goals in the Arctic regions. The project aims to bring together the knowledge contribution of indigenous, local, NGOs, business and state actors on Arctic justice and how inclusive pathways to sustainable development can be forged.

Dr. Paul Bolger is manager of Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork. He has worked across academia, industry and government for over 20 years developing long term research solutions for global sustainability challenges. He is currently Principal Investigator on the Imagining 2050 research project which is engaging with civic society using innovative approaches to co-develop pathways to a low carbon and climate resilient future. He is also Principal Investigator on NEWTRIENTS research project which uses a circular economy approach to produce value-added products from dairy industry wastewater. Dr. Bolger is a 2019 US-Ireland Fulbright Scholar.

This event is a collaboration between Women Producing Media, the Sociology and Criminology department at UCC, the Environmental Research Institute UCC, and St. John’s Central College.

More information can be found at

– Follow Necessity on Twitter: @NecessityMovie

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– Hashtag: #ClimateNecessity

Donations to help bring the film to a wider audience and support activists promoting thoughtful public dialogue on climate change can be made online.

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We welcome press inquiries and invite photographers and journalists to attend.

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A New Strategy Game From Romero Games


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Congratulations to Brenda Romero, one of our brilliant speakers, on the announcement of a new game being developed with Paradox Interactive. Variety reports that the original IP is “…a new strategy game, which is set to be revealed at E3 2019”. You can sign up at the official website to get more information prior to E3.




We are delighted for Brenda and everyone at Romero Games. Looking forward to learning more in the coming months!


That’s A Wrap!

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Joanna Dukkipati of Good Day News, Cork. (Photo credit: Ciaran Irwin.)


The first Women Producing Media event is now complete. What an amazing day it was! As Joanna Dukkipati later said, “We spoke about representation, support systems, pay, policies and more. The insights were fascinating!”

The attendees ranged from experienced professionals and academics to aspiring game designers and filmmakers, including current UCC undergraduates. It was livestreamed, as well as being livetweeted using the hashtag #WomenMakeMedia. We had three cameras recording video and plan to release a edited version for free online. There will also be a transcript in both English and Irish at a later point. In the meantime, we will be posting photos here as we receive them.

If you’d like to follow our speakers on Twitter, we have them all in a handy list.



Thank you to everyone who spoke, helped organise, and attended. What an amazing day. Let’s do this again!


UCC 98.3 FM – Interview with Doris Murphy

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On Tuesday, 19 March, Doris Murphy, co-organiser of the first Women Producing Media event, spoke on air to Cailean Coffey of UCC 98.3 FM. The radio station is part of University College Cork. It’s about 20 minutes long and touches on Doris’s background organising for the Repeal the 8th campaign, the origins of Women Producing Media, who our speakers are, and our efforts to make the symposium accessible.


Many thanks to Cailean for the chance to speak about the event!

Press Release – 19 March 2019

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For Immediate Release: For More Information:
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Katrina Stovold

Five amazing women speakers are coming to UCC to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing women who produce media

CORK, IRELAND – On Friday, March 22, 2019, the first Women Producing Media symposium will be held at University College Cork. Improving gender balance and diversity in production crews is an important part of the equation when it comes to modernising representation on screen and in print.

The event will take place in Room 212 of the O’Rahilly Building at UCC from 3 to 5 p.m. Women just starting out in media, experienced women who would like to network, and academics interested in diversity and inclusion in media are encouraged to attend. The topics will be addressed in a way that will be meaningful creative workers, the public, and academics.

Our speakers are Brenda Romero, game designer and Fulbright recipient; Joanna Dukkipati, publisher and online radio producer; Shubhangi Karmakar, writer, medical researcher, and activist; Dr. Sarah Arnold, lecturer in Media at Maynooth; and Prof. Brenda Murphy, researcher in gender and media at the University of Malta.

Women account for 50% of film audiences around the world, yet of the top 100 grossing films of 2018, women only represented 4% of directors, 15% of writers, and 3% of cinematographers. Similar disparities can be found across all aspects of digital media production. Every awards season there are ‘firsts’ for women and minorities, but their contributions should be part of the norm, rather than the exception.

“We need to do more than simply break the ‘glass ceiling’. We need to restructure industries that have consistently elevated dominant voices and silenced minorities. Women supporting women in media is one of the ways we can change what is on screen to reflect our lived realities.”

– Katrina Stovold, former visual effects worker and current Maynooth PhD student

This is the first event by Women Producing Media and was done with the support of the Women’s Studies programme at UCC. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. It is intended to be a recurring event, with plans to expand internationally at a later date.

More information can be found at

We welcome press inquiries and invite photographers and journalists to attend.

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