Irish filmmakers Malcolm Campbell and Seamus McGarvey are whetting their awards appetites ahead of the IFTA’s this weekend, picking up Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at last night’s Evening Standard British Film Awards.
‘What Richard Did’, an Element Pictures production which is up for 10 awards at this year’s IFTA’s, was written by Campbell and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, with Ed Guiney producing. The film was funded by the Irish Film Board, and shot on location in Ireland.
Lead actor Jack Reynor, who played wealthy teen Richard Karlsen in the drama, was also nominated for Best Actor at last night’s awards. The role was only his second acting job, and the first working from a full script on a feature film.
Keira Knightley in ‘Anna Karenina’
Armagh-born cinematographer Seamus McGarvey won for his work on period drama 'Anna Karenina'. McGarvey is also nominated for a BAFTA, an Oscar and an IFTA.
Last night’s awards, held in London, were established by the British newspaper the Evening Standard, and were presented by ‘Episodes’ actor Stephen Mangan.
British actor Toby Jones was named Best Actor for ‘Berberian Sound Studio’, while British actress Andrea Riseborough was named Best Actress for her role in Northern Ireland-set ‘Shadow Dancer’.
Riseborough played the role of an MI5 informant whose family had close connections to the IRA. The film, also an Element Pictures production, was shot on location in Dublin, and received funding from the IFB. Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire) directed, with Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillen and David Wilmot, Clive Owen and Bríd Brennan all starring.
Campbell and Reynor are both up for awards at the IFTA’s, which take place on Saturday. ‘What Richard Did’ is also nominated in the Film, Director, Editing, Cinematography, Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Score and Sound categories.
‘Shadow Dancer’ is also up for Best Film, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Makeup at this year’s IFTA’s.
RTÉ One will broadcast the awards on Saturday February 9 at 9.35pm.