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Aisling Franciosi “Chuffed” with IFTA Nomination; to return to shooting Sandra Bullock/Netflix Project Soon
17 Jul 2020 : News Desk
Aisling Franciosi in 'The Nightingale'.
Irish Actress Aisling Franciosi has been nominated for an IFTA for Lead Actress in a Film for her role in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale ahead of this year’s IFTA Film & Drama Awards.

Franciosi has most recently been filming an as yet untitled Netflix project alongside Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal.  The project is helmed by director Nora Fingscheidt whose recent film System Crasher was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Alfred Bauer Award. The project had to stop filming due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but Franciosi hopes to return to shooting soon.

Franciosi, who will next be seen in the Charlotte Bruus Christensen-directed series Black Narcissus for BBC alongside Gemma Arterton, Jim Broadbent, Alessandro Nivola and Dame Diana Rigg, has already earned rave reviews for her role in The Nightingale, Australian Director Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook.  The story is about Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict living in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia in 1825 who is the victm of a harrowing crime at the hands of the her master (Sam Clafin)  and his cronies.  Unable to secure justice from the British authorities, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins and exact her revenge.  

“Franciosi, best known for the BBC series The Fall, is a compelling lead with real fire in her belly, whether broken by the horrors Clare endures or filled with feral rage... Having the plot driven by a female protagonist — played by Aisling Franciosi with a heartrending vulnerability that hardens into vengeful fury — gives the action contemporary currency.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“The film’s recurring, rhythmic slips into a tortured dream state serve to track the fraying, increasingly exhausted psyche of our heroine Clare (a terrific Aisling Franciosi)… With only terse, mostly practical-minded dialogue between them, Franciosi and Ganambarr’s performances beautifully reflect their characters’ shifting perception of difference, often mirroring each other in their beaten body language and the toughened set of their respective jaws”- Variety

“Aisling Franciosi is astounding as a young convict in 1820s Tasmania” – The Times, UK

Speaking to RTÉ about her IFTA nomination Franciosi said:

“I really wasn’t expecting this, but I’m really chuffed that IFTA have been so lovely to bestow me with this honour. They’ve been very good to me in the past. I was nominated for The Fall back in 2015. And just to be in the same category as such actresses as Jessie [Buckley], Bronagh [Gallagher], Saoirse [Ronan], Sarah [Greene] and Seána [Kerslake]… I really admire the work they do.  It’s a huge honour. I’m always really proud of the work that is coming out of the Irish Industry so to be given the recognition form home is really lovely. “

Franciosi is known for playing the part of Katie Benedetto in the RTÉ-BBC Two crime drama television series The Fall, for which she won an IFTA in 2015 and for her role as Kate Crawford in the TNT series Legends.  In 2016, Franciosi appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones in the sixth season as Lyanna Stark and reprised her role in the seventh season.

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