Irish infiltrate British film awards
There was success for Irish films and talent at the Evening Standard British Film Awards on Monday. (Let’s just slip quietly past the word “British” and move on, shall we?) The most-welcome surprise saw Malcolm Campbell winning the best screenplay award for What Richard Did. Lenny Abrahamson’s film recently opened to raves in the UK and is up for 10 Ifta statuettes on Saturday night. Seamus McGarvey, a lion of Armagh, won best cinematography for his work on Anna Karenina. It was also heartwarming to see Andrea Riseborough race ahead of challengers such as Anna Karenina’s Keira Knightley and grab the best actress prize for her turn in Shadow Dancer. James Marsh’s fine Northern Irish thriller never quite attracted the attention it deserved.