Archive for the ‘Irish directors’ Category


30th June 2008

The Guardian interviews Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, during which he discusses his collaboration with writer Mark O’Halloran, and how they approach filmmaking together.

O’Halloran Wins Twice

18th February 2008

The Irish Examiner reports on last night’s IFTA winners.

Irish screenwriter Mark O’Halloran won best script for a feature film (Garage) and for a TV series (Prosperity).

The television period drama The Tudors scooped awards in a record seven categories. Garage also won the Best Film category, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, and Best Actor in a Lead Role Film for Pat Shortt.

Carney Wins a BFA

5th February 2008

RTÉ reports that John Carney, the writer and director of the film Once, won the prize for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Film Awards last weekend.

Irish at Sundance ‘08

6th December 2007

IFTN reports that two Irish writers will have their work screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival from the 17-27 January 2008, in Park City, Salt Lake City, USA.

‘The Sound of People’, written and directed by Simon Fitzmaurice, and produced by Noreen Donohoe, is the only Irish short among the19 titles chosen for the Dramatic Shorts selection, and was shortlisted from over 5,000 entries. The film stars Irish actor Martin McCann as eighteen-year-old Stephen, a young man who connects with his past and future and stares into the face of his own death. Fitzmaurice said: “I am absolutely over the moon about getting into Sundance. Everyone worked heart and soul on this film and this is a wonderful response.”

Ken Wardrop will showcase two films in the Documentary Shorts selection: ‘Farewell Packets of Ten’ and ‘Scoring’. ‘Packets of Ten’ is about two ladies discussing the pros and cons of their addiction to cigarettes, while ‘Scoring’ reveals the true power of a kiss.

Garage Wins Again

3rd December 2007

The Film Board reports that Garage, written by Mark O’Halloran and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, won the Best Film award at the Turin Film Festival in Italy, a prize that is worth €25,000.

The film also scooped the Jury Award at the Festival de Chatenay Malabry and the Grand Prix and Students Award at the Festival Cinessone in France last month.