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Winners of the Irish Film London Awards 2018 Announced
15 Nov 2018 :
The Irish Film Festival London has announced the recipients of this year’s prizes at an awards ceremony hosted by IFL ahead of the festival.

The festival itself gets underway on Wednesday, November 21st and runs until Sunday, November 25th.

Now in its 8th year, the Irish Film London Awards highlight and reward the talents of a select number of Irish film makers, whose work has shown great distinction, originality and passion.

The Award nominees are hand-picked from the films selected to screen during the festival each year. This year’s line-up includes twenty-eight films, representing Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent productions. The categories include: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, The Súil Eile Award, the Best Irish Music Video Award and The Ros Hubbard Award for Acting.

The Awards took place in the Irish Embassy in London on Tuesday night.

Full list of winners & nominees:

Best Short Film:

The Nominees-

Lint -3 mins 15 secs / Dir: Lisa O’Sullivan

Exploring the strange limbo state that we experience in the aftermath of a break up, Lint follows one person’s bizarre attempt at regaining some sense of normality.

WINNER: Early Days

12 mins / Dir: Nessa Wrafter

Though Kate knows she’s lucky to have become a mother, and her instincts toward her baby are fiercely protective, post-natal trauma and hallucinations make the world increasingly hard to bear. Can anything pull her back to reality - before it’s too late?

Wren Boys

11 mins / Dir: Harry Lighton
On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison. Starring Lalor Roddy, Diarmuid Noyes and Fionn Walton.

Tickets available – here.

Best Documentary:

The Nominees-

Under the Clock -2018 / Documentary / 76 mins / Dir: Colm Nicell / Ire (U)

This film tells the life-affirming stories of a generation of people whose relationships began under one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks, Clerys clock. Be taken back in time to the days of the Dublin dance halls, courting, sneaking out to meet a fella, and the heart-racing times spent waiting, not knowing if they would turn up.

Poc na nGael - 2017 / Documentary / 50 mins / Dir: Éamonn Ó Cualáin / Ire, (PG), Irish with English subtitles
Starring: Ger Loughnane, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney

Irish hurling legend Ger Loughnane is on a mission to discover the Irish connections to ice hockey in Canada. He reveals how the Irish emigrants who settled there over 200 years ago, created the sport and played a key role in developing the game from its inception on a frozen pond in Nova Scotia to the modern arenas of today’s official championships. This is a poignant exploration of the incredible contribution of Irish immigrants in creating and developing a sport that went on to help define the new nation of Canada.

WINNER: The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid: 2018 / Documentary / 85 mins / Dir: Feargal Ward / Ire (12A)

For years, the farmer Thomas Reid has been locked in a grueling battle with his neighbour, U.S. microchip manufacturer Intel. The multinational wants to expand and has its eye on Reid’s land. Eager to boost employment in the region, the Irish authorities are doing their utmost to force Reid into a sale. But the farmer has no intention of leaving his 300-year-old ancestral home, where he lives alone, surrounded by cows and chickens. Feargal Ward’s documentary shows this tenacious eccentric to be a formidable opponent of the system.

Tickets available – here.

Best Feature Film:

The Nominees-

WINNER: Rosie - 2018 / Drama / 86 mins / Dir: Paddy Breathnach / Ire (15)
Starring: Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Fiona Ashe, Lochlann O’Mearain, Toni O’Rourke

Irish writer Roddy Doyle was compelled back to script-writing for this Dublin-set drama, which tells a story, inspired by too many true stories in modern Ireland, of Rosie, a devoted mother of four, over a period of 36 hours as she and her partner, John Paul, and their family tries to cope with unexpected homelessness.

Grace and Goliath:

2018 / Family drama, comedy / 93 mins / Dir: Tony Mitchell / Ire (PG)
Starring: Emy Aneke, Savanna Burney Keatings, Jo Donnelly, Ciarán McMenamin, Olivia Nash

A Hollywood big shot, Josh Jenkins (Emy Aneke), sweeps into Belfast to make a movie, but before long, his world crashes and he loses everything. Lily (Olivia Nash), a hotel cleaner, invites him to stay with her crazy family and gradually the people of this ‘strange’ city manage to touch his heart. A powerful story of how one man’s Goliath ego is brought down by one single dose...of Grace.

The Little Stranger:

2018 / Drama, thriller / 111 mins / Dir: Lenny Abrahamson / Ire (12A) Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling

After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur. The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long, hot summer of 1948, he is called to see a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, but now it is in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

Tickets available – here.

Best Irish Music Video Award:

The nominees-

1/ Villagers - Fool - Director: Bob Gallagher

2/ Kodaline - Head Held High - Director: James Fitzgerald

3/ Daithí (feat The Sei) - In My Darkest Moments - Director: Lochlainn McKenna

4/ WINNER: Pillow Queens - Favourite - Director: Bob Gallagher

5/ Roisín Murphy (feat Ali Love) - Jacuzzi Rollercoaster - Director Roisín Murphy

6/ Jafaris - Found My Feet - Directors: Nathan Barlow & Stephanie Naughter

7/ Hot Cops - Decay - Director: Aaron Eccles

Suil Eile Award:

WINNER: Under the Clock, received by director Colm Nicell, presented by Darren Quinton from Tourism Ireland.

This film tells the life-affirming stories of a generation of people whose relationships began under one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks, Clerys clock. Be taken back in time to the days of the Dublin dance halls, courting, sneaking out to meet a fella, and the heart-racing times spent waiting, not knowing if they would turn up...

Tickets available – here.

Ros Hubbard Award for Acting:

WINNER: Sarah Greene. The award was received by director Paddy Breathnach on behalf of actor Sarah Greene, presented by Ros Hubbard.

Speaking at the ceremony, Festival Founder Kelly O’Connor said:

“It’s great to have so many of the filmmakers in attendance at the awards this year. It’s such a unique networking opportunity, rubbing shoulders with programmers from all the main exhibitors in London, not to mention producers, commissioners and international acting talent too. “

“The Irish Embassy did a superb job of hosting us, and we are exceptionally lucky to have such a progressive and supportive Ambassador here in London to champion events like this as part of their busy schedule.”

Click here for more information about the Irish Film Festival London.




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