Donald Clarke

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Glassland and Patrick’s Day triumph at the Galway Film Fleadh

Strong films from Gerard Barrett and Terry McMahon triumph at another busy festival

Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 19:31

   

Another Galway Film Fleadh grinds to a happy halt. The days shorten and we begin to fear the advance of Awards Season. At this rate it’ll be summer soon. Hang on. Where were we?

The prizes for this years Fleadh have just been announced and the top award — that for best Irish film — has been shared between two worthy pictures. After a triumphant screening on Friday night, Gerard Barrett’s Glassland always seemed like a winner. The Kerryman’s follow-up to Pilgrim Hill stars Jack Reynor and Will Poulter in a tale of alcoholism and bad decisions from west Dublin. “It’s a morality tale. It’s a film about wrong and right,” Gerard told the audience at the Town Hall. We expect to see the film secure distribution beyond these shores.

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The prize was halved with Terry McMahon’s very original, impressively unsettling Patrick’s Day. A significant advance on the directors scattershot Charlie Casanova, the new film stars Moe Dunford — a graduate of  the TV series Vikings — as a schizophrenic man who links up with a depressive flight attendant on our National Holiday. The wild energies of Terry’s earlier film have been brought to order, but Patrick’s Day retains a clattering fury that is very much the director’s own. Full marks to Kerry Fox, who pulls out all the stops to deliver a mother figure who, while just about retaining our sympathy, pulls some scary Medea shapes. We liked it.

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During the festival, Galway Hooker awards — the Fleadh’s honorary gongs — went the way of two very different institutions: the great Brenda Fricker, Oscar-winning actor, and the animators from Brown Bag Films. One can hardly argue with either prize.

The best documentary prize was also shared. Aoife Kelleher’s One Million Dubliners is a comprehensive examination of the history and traditions of Glasnevin Cemetery. Sinead O’Brien’s Blood Fruit studies the refusal of Dunnes Stores workers to sell South African goods during the Apartheid years. Both films had particularly moving screenings at the Fleadh.

There’s plenty more where that came from. Peruse the complete list of prizes below and keep an eye out for a fuller assessment of the best Irish releases in Tuesday’s paper. Please excuse the slightly skewed formatting below.

THE GALWAY FILM FLEADH AWARDS

Best Irish Feature in association with VOLTA presented by: Gale Wilson

Second place: NOBLE

DIRECTOR : STEVEN BRADLEY

PRODUCER : MELANIE GORE-GRIMES & STEVEN BRADLEY

JOINT WINNERS

GLASSLAND

DIRECTOR: GERARD BARRETT

PRODUCER: JULIETE BONASS & ED QUINEY

PATRICK’S DAY

DIRECTED BY: TERRY MCMAHON

PRODUCERS: RACHEL LYSAGHT & TIM PALME

THE JAMES HORGAN AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION

SPECIAL MENTION: Marrying the Sea

DIRECTOR: Sarah Walsh

PRODUCER: IADT

WINNER: Fresh Cut Grass

DIRECTOR: Robert Cullen

PRODUCER: Anne Tweedy, Peter Lewis

THE TIERNAN McBRIDE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT DRAMA IN ASSOCIATION WITH NETWORK IRELAND TELEVISION

PRESENTED BY: DERRY O BRIEN

SPECIAL MENTION: Boogaloo & Graham

The Jury would like to give a special mention to this director for his restrained, quiet and ever-delicate treatment of a complex family dynamic amid a difficult and turbulent transition.

Director: Michael Lennox

Producer: Brian J. Falconer

Winner: Rockmount

Director: Dave Tynan

Producer: Michael Donnelly

THE DONAL GILLIGAN AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A SHORT FILM IN ASSOCIAITON WITH THE IRISH SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS (ISC)

PRESENTED BY:  CHARLOTTE SOMERS AND MICHAEL, JOE AND FINN GILLIGAN

Special Mention for The Swing

The Jury would like to recognise Eamonn Nolan, whose cinematography powerfully expresses the dramatic tension in The Swing.

Winner: D.O.P Patrick Jordan for Volkswagen JoeTHE BEST FIRST SHORT ANIMATION AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH CARTOON SALOON

PRESENTED BY: Kate O’Toole

SPECIAL MENTION: Forgot

DIRECTOR: Stephen McNally

PRODUCER: Royal College of Ar

WINNER: A Girl’s Best Friend

DIRECTOR: Clare Carroll

PRODUCER: IADT

THE BEST FIRST SHORT DRAMA AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH MAZARS

PRESENTED BY: Paul Mee

SPECIAL MENTION: Luke

Director: Conor Hamil

Producer: Joshua Burdon

The Jury would like to give a special mention to this director for his restrained, quiet and ever-delicate treatment of a complex family dynamic amid a difficult and turbulent transition.

WINNER: The Swing

Director: Damien Dunne

Producer: Nora Windeck

THE BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH TEACH SOLAIS PRESENTED BY JOHN FINN

JOINT WINNER

The Sisters

Director: Ailish Sarah Flaherty

Producer: Ailish Sarah Flahert

Inez – A Challenging Woman

Directors: Eimhear O’Neill, Trevor Birney

Producer: Trevor Birney, Susan McKay, Eimhear O’Neill

BEST ANIMATION SEQUENCE IN A SHORT FILM PRESENTED BY: Steve Woods

Special Mention: Somewhere Down the Line

Director: Julien Regnard

Producer: Jonathan Clark

Winner: Vertical Horizons

DIRECTOR: Anita Gaughan

PRODUCER: IADT

 

THE DON QUIJOTE AWARD IS AWARDED FOR ANIMATION IN A SHORT FILM:  Presented by Susanne Molter

Special Mention: Shoot

Director: Rory Conroy

Producer: Ballyfermott College of Further Education

Winner: Deadly

Director: Aidan McAteer

Producer: Shannon George

Feature Film Audience Awards

Best Irish First Feature in association with Crowe Horwath presented by: Naoise Cosgrove

WINNER:       I USED TO LIVE HERE

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY: FRANK BERRY

Best International First Feature presented by Kate O’Toole

 

Second place: RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS

DIRECTOR     :  JEFF BARNABY

PRODUCER   JOHN CHRISTOU, AISLING CHIN-YE

WINNER:  STILL

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY: SIMON BLAKE

Best International Feature presented by: Kate O’Toole

Second place: THE ENEMY WITHIN

DIRECTOR : YORGOS TSEMBEROPOULOS

PRODUCER  ELENI KOSSYFIDOU

WINNER: OBVIOUS CHILD

DIRECTOR: GILLIAN ROBESPIERRE

PRODUCER: ELIZABETH HOL

Best Irish Feature Documentary in association with HC Financial Advisers presented by:  Hannah Kiely

Second place: A CITY DREAMING

DIRECTOR     : MARK MCCAULEY

PRODUCER: CHRIS MARTIN & ANDREW EATON

JOINT WINNERS

BLOOD FRUIT

DIRECTOR: SINEAD O BRIEN

PRODUCER: NOEL PEARSO

ONE MILLION DUBLINERS

DIRECTED BY: AOIFE KELLEHER

PRODUCER: RACHEL LYSAGHT

Best International Feature Documentary presented by Kate O’Tool

Second place: BRAVE MISS WORLD

DIRECTOR: CECILIA PECK

PRODUCER CECILIA PECK & IMBAL BLESSNER

WINNER:       THE BREACH

DIRECTOR:MARK TITUS

PRODUCER:  SUSAN LA SALLE

Best Human Rights Feature in association with Amnesty International presented by Susanna Rastelli

WINNER: AFRICAN PRIDE

DIRECTOR: Laura Fletcher

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures presented by: Kate O’ Tool

This year, the Fleadh is nominating five rising stars in the fields of Producing, Acting & Direction, for the New Talent Award

The nominees are:

  • Producer – AnneMarie Naughton, THE CANAL
  • Actor – Moe Dunford, Patricks Day
  • Director – Niall Heery, GOLD
  • Actor – Dara Devaney, AN BRONTANNAS
  • Actress – Tara Breathnach, A NIGHTINGALE FALLING
  • Winner:  ANNEMARIE NAUGHTON

 

Galway Film Fleadh’s Pitching Award:

Winner: CIAN McGARRIGLE for his pitch ’12-Gauge Withdrawal.’

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