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Rosie by Paddy Breathnach
Rosie by Paddy Breathnach

The Irish Film Festival London hosted the 2018 awards ceremony in celebration of Irish Film, honoring the Dublin-set drama Rosie with the award Best Feature Film and The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid with the award for Best Documentary Feature.

Each November, in the lead up to the Irish Film Festival London, which takes place from 21st November to 25th November, IFL hosts an awards ceremony in celebration of Irish Film. These awards highlight and reward the talents of a select number of Irish film makers, whose work has shown great distinction, originality and passion.

2018 Irish Film Festival London Awards

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.

 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.

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.

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

Under the Clock, received by director Colm Nicell.
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…

Ros Hubbard Award for Acting: Sarah Greene. The award was received by director Paddy Breathnach on behalf of actor Sarah Greene.

The 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.”

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