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Jessie Buckley to receive of Maureen O’Hara Award at Kerry International Film Festival 2020
17 Sep 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Jessie Buckley
Kerry International Film Festival has announced that actor Jessie Buckley is the recipient of this year’s Maureen O’ Hara award.

The Killarney native will be accepting the accolade in October 2020 in celebration of her exceptional work in both film and the arts.

A Kerry-born RADA graduate, Buckley had her first starring role in Michael Pearce’s critically acclaimed and BAFTA-nominated Beast, alongside Johnny Flynn. The film opened to rave reviews in 2018 and Buckley won “The Most Promising Newcomer” award at the British Independent Film Awards and “Best British or Irish Actress” at the Critics Circle Awards. She was selected to be one of BAFTA’s “Break Through Brits” and was also chosen as one of Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow.”

Buckley recently starred in Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, which can be seen on Netflix and will also star in the new season of Noah Hawley’s Fargo on FX, alongside Chris Rock and Jason Schwartzman this fall. Buckley will soon film Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, in which she will star alongside Olivia Colman. Also upcoming, Buckley will star alongside Josh O’Connor in a new adaptation of Romeo & Juliet at the National Theatre in London, directed by Simon Godwin. The play, which has been delayed due to COVID-19, will take place in present day Italy.

The Maureen O’ Hara award is offered exclusively to women who have excelled in film and KIFF are privileged to be presenting the award to Jessie Buckley on what would have been O’ Hara’s centenary year.

Taking place 15 – 18 October 2020, KIFF is a well-established festival that celebrates shorts, features, live film scores, emerging film talent and industry events. The core event of the festival will be held online in partnership with streaming platform Shift72 and, depending on Government guidelines, the festival also aims to host a physical element the event in partnership with the newly re-opened Cinema Killarney.

In keeping with their new format, KIFF will be presenting the Maureen O’ Hara award to Jessie Buckley via an online interview which will be available on the website and additional social media platforms throughout the festival. There are also plans to host a physical presentation in the future (tbc).

Upon receiving the KIFF 2020 Maureen O’ Hara award, Jessie Buckley said:

“It means so much, when your own people and own country get behind you like this and say you’re doing alright kid, that means a lot.”

The festival had a positive response to its call for film submissions earlier this year and will announce their 2020 program in the coming weeks. The program will present a diverse selection of films and documentaries for all ages and genres and will also include a promising new selection of Kerry Short films not to be missed.





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