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'cutbacks' news...

August 2011 to June 2012...


'cutbacks' blog...
I should have set a 'cutbacks' blog up a long time ago - I've essentially been using this website frontpage as a proxy-blogpost for a few months...
From now on, I'll be putting 'cutbacks' news on the blog, whilst using this site as a longer-view repository for resources etc...
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Please comment, reply and share as the blog develops... Join me on the 'cutbacks' rollercoaster!


'cutbacks' in NUI Maynooth...
Thanks to Jeneen Naji for inviting me to do a 'cutbacks' guest lecture at the NUI Maynooth Digital Arts Student Work Showcase on May 10th 2012. Student Work from Digital Media, Media Studies, and Music Technology will be exhibited in the showcase.
David Quin is an animator/director of satirical current affairs stop motion animation Cutbacks
The event is organised by the NUIM DARC (Digital Arts Research Cluster) and is funded by An Foras Feasa and the Centre for Media Studies.
'leitronium' WINS in Chicago...
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March 2012 - The 'cutbacks' short film 'leitronium' wins the inaugural Irish Consulate Award at The 13th Chicago Irish Film Festival.

The Consulate of Ireland Award recognizes a short film that best celebrates Irish culture or film production. The festival is extremely grateful to Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland and Tim Reilly, Vice Consul General of Ireland for inaugurating this award and who were both on hand for the presentation.
The award was announced by Ireland’s Minister of Housing, Jan O’Sullivan, who spoke about the amazing growth and innovation in filmmaking that has occurred since the 1990’s in Ireland.
Special thanks to Judith Blackburn, a staunch Mister Heaney fan...
Chicago Irish Film Festival

'leitronium' in Montreal...

The 'cutbacks' short film 'leitronium' was screened by Cine Gael Montreal Irish Film Society. Heather Mc Dougall writes...

The evening was a great success and the films screened to a
packed house of 160 audience members. Many of them had been there last year, and were especially tickled to see your sequel and to keep up with Mr Heaney's exploits.

Thanks again for participating in our festival. I look forward to
seeing more of your work in the future!

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'cutbacks' on

The website for the irish Examiner will now feature 'cutbacks' animations regularly in its new frontpage video player. Thanks to Dolan O'Hagan, Executive Editor.

'cutbacks' DVD sales...

Thanks to all who've purchased the 'cutbacks, The Cowen Years' DVD. Anyone who hasn't yet bought the DVD - buy now! It all helps to support the 'cutbacks' cause!
€15 to Ireland. €20 to the U.K., Europe and the Rest of the World!
pay by cheque, by postal order, by banker's draft or through Paypal...
'leitronium' in Chicago...
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February 2012 - Judith Blackburn from The Chicago Irish Film Festival kindly asked us to submit the 'cutbacks' short film 'leitronium' to this year's festival. Mister Heaney travels West!

'leitronium' was screened at the Festival's 'Shorts Night' on March 7th.
Chicago Irish Film Festival - Program at a Glance

'cutbacks' on Press tv...

February 2012 - We've been asked to allow the use of Enda Kenny's 'Mad Irish' 'cutbacks' clip on Double Standards - a weekly political satire show for Press TV. Presenter Afshin Rattansi says 'Double Standards is broadcast internationally and has a strong following.'

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'cutbacks' on!

February 2012 - 'cutbacks' has entered into a partnership with studenty - an award winning online community for students in the U.K. and Ireland.
For two years, has captured the hearts of Irish audiences and earned acclaim for its unique animation style and satirical portrayal of recession-plagued Ireland. From Enda to Michael D, Jedward to Séamus Heaney, has re-imagined our tormentors and heroes alike in a wonderfully witty way. Visit to be inspired and to view more of their amazing animation. will feature 'cutbacks' content several times a week... In time, I hope to generate new, more 'studenty-specific' 'cutbacks' content - new characters, new setups, new material...
click here for 'cutbacks' on studenty

'cutbacks' at 250,000 on Youtube!

February 2012 - 'cutbacks' reaches 250,000 views on Youtube alone!
Thanks to all viewers, subscribers, commenters, critics, supporters and emailers!

'cutbacks' in New York Times!

January 2nd 2012 - 'cutbacks' gets a nice mention in Doreen Carvajal's article 'In Ireland, Making Art From the Rubble' for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune...
For his documentary 'Stuffing The Tiger', Donald Taylor Black has filmed a collection of artists. They include a poet, a writer, a singer, painters, photographers and the animator of “Cutbacks,” a series of stop motion, Web episodes featuring puppets made with paper and scraps that deliver searing commentary about Ireland’s plight.
For the past two years, David Quin, 60, a lecturer at the film school, has been making and posting online weekly 30-second episodes of “Cutbacks,” which have proved popular with a predominantly male Irish audience. A short film featuring the puppets was shown at the 2011 Corona Cork Film Festival .
“It makes me furious,” said Mr. Quin, who has mocked Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, as a budget marionette in a suit and dangling strings. “We had absolutely no say in what’s happening.”
BTW, my age is incorrect! read the article at...

'cutbacks' - 500 subscribers!

January 2012 - 'cutbacks' on Youtube has passed 231,000 views and 500 subscribers! Thanks to all viewers, subscribers, emailers, commenters and supporters!

'cutbacks' History on Dole TV 6

The latest episode of DCTV's Dole TV features 3 'cutbacks' inserts on the theme of 'history'. Jedward, Seamus Heaney and the crew from Rinkydink tell us what is what... Thanks to Barra, Turlough, Dean and the Dole TV crew.

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'cutbacks' interview on Dole TV

The guys at DCTV's Dole TV asked DQ to do an interview about the 'cutbacks' project. Thanks to Barra, Turlough, Dean and the crew.

see the interview at...

'cutbacks' DVD for sale

Our 'cutbacks The Cowen Years' DVD has been on sale for a fortnight - thanks to all who've purchased it! 55 minutes of archive-quality, hilarious and historical 'cutbacks' material - most of which is no longer available of the internet (or anywhere else). Only €15?

click here for more info or to BUY!

'cutbacks' passes 200,000 views on Youtube

Our 'cutbacks' has now passed 200,000 views on youtube/cutbacks2010. Thanks to all viewers, subscribers, commenters, emailers and contributers... BUY the 'Cowen Years' DVD to celebrate!

'cutbacks' in Irish Times 141111...

Our 'cutbacks' film 'leitronium' received a great mention in The Irish Times review of The 2011 Corona Cork Film Festival...

Leitronium marks another exercise in hilarious stop-motion celebrity spotting from the clever folk at Cutbacks. Following on from the team’s amusing re-inventions of Jedward, the new film casts Seamus Heaney as a middle-aged detective in the mould of Inspector Morse. Is there a vast international conspiracy to mine local bodies for the valuable and completely mythical substance known as Leitronium? Don’t bet against it.

read the full Irish Times article HERE

'cutbacks' on DCTV's Dole TV...

Over the next 10 weeks, DCTV's Dole TV will be featuring recent episodes from the 'cutbacks' series... DCTV is Dublin Community Television and Dole TV is a weekly show largely produced by the unemployed...

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October 2011 - 'Leitronium' in 2011 Corona Cork Film Festival!

The latest 'cutbacks' film 'Leitronium' starring Mister Heaney as an ace detective, was screened at the 2011 Corona Cork Film Festival.

The Cork Festival also toured 'Leitronium' to the Liverpool Irish Film Festival at the end of October! Thanks to Una Feely, Mick Hannigan, Dawn and the Cork Film Festival Crew for their continuing 'cutbacks' support!

October 2011 - 'cutbacks' on website

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October 2011 - 'cutbacks' to news media! has noticed the 'cutbacks' Presidential videos and wants to present the work to news media...'s Shane Creevy writes...

'Storyful monitors social media platforms and offers guidance to international news organisations. We discover, verify and deliver the most valuable and authentic news content on the social web.'

September 2011 - Happy Birthday 'cutbacks'!

The 'cutbacks' project is 2 years old! Uploads to Dailymotion began in September 2009. Uploads to Youtube/cutbacks2010 began one year ago - 29th September 2010. Collectively, the various 'cutbacks' sites have had over 130,000 views in the past year...

Thanks to all viewers, subscribers, commenters and emailers... Still building slowly.

September 2011 - 'cutbacks' monetised!

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From September 2010, Youtube has agreed to monetise the 'cutbacks' series on...

View the vids, CLICK on the adverts(they're worth the most) to earn us cents...

Keep the 'cutbacks' dream (or nightmare) alive...

September 2011 - 'cutbacks' at Darklight

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DT Finn has been invited to do a 'cutbacks' talk and screening for The Darklight Film Festival, in October 2011, probably on Saturday 22nd October. Thanks to all at Darklight for the interest in 'cutbacks' and for the invite to speak. Press details on...

August 2011 - 'cutbacks' at Terryglass Arts Festival

A 6 minute DVD loop of recent cutbacks episodes was shown in Paddy's Bar for the duration of Tipperary's Terryglass Arts Festival. Thanks to Melanie Scott and Valerie Cotter for the invitation to participate. Now we're ART!

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