'Hunger' and 'The Tudors' sweep Iftas


Hunger, and The Tudors, swept the Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta) with both productions taking six prizes each in Dublin last night.

Hunger,based on the death of Bobby Sands in the 1981 hunger-strike at the Maze prison, picked up gongs for best film, best actor (Michael Fassbender), best supporting actor (Liam Cunningham), best original score, best production design and best sound.

Actor Michael Fassbender was also presented with the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award.

The Tudors, a colourful television series about the life of Henry VIII, won awards for best drama series or soap, best series director, best supporting actor and actress for television (Peter O’Toole and Maria Doyle Kennedy), bets costume design and best makeup and hair.

Kissesdirector Lance Daly picked up the best director award while Martin McDonagh won best script for In Bruges. The film also received the Ifta for Best International Film.

George Morrison won a lifetime achievement award.

Full list of winners from the 6th Annual Iftas:



Hunger- Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch (Blast! Films)


Lance Daly, Kisses- (Element Pictures Distribution)


Martin McDonagh, In Bruges- (Focus Features/Universal Pictures)

Actor in a Lead Role

Michael Fassbender, Hunger- (Blast! Films)

Actress in a Lead Role

Eileen Walsh, Eden- (Samson Films)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Liam Cunningham, Hunger- (Blast! Films)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Saoirse Ronan, Death Defying Acts- (Lionsgate UK)

George Morrison Feature Documentary Award

Waveriders- Margo Harkin, Joel Conroy (Besom Productions Ltd)

International Film

In Bruges(Focus Features/Universal Pictures)

International Actor

Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man( Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment)

Best International Actress Award – People’s Choice

Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!


Single Drama/Drama Serial

Whistleblower- Siobhan Bourke, Peter Norris, Kathryn Lennon, Lesley McKimm, Saffron Pictures/Newgrange Pictures (RTÉ)

Drama Series/Soap

The Tudors- Morgan O'Sullivan, World 2000 Entertainment (TV3, BBC)

Director Television

Ciaran Donnelly, The Tudors- World 2000 Entertainment (TV3, BBC)

Script Television

Graham Linehan, The I.T. Crowd- (talkbackTHAMES)

Actor in a Lead Role

Aidan Gillen, The Wire- Warner Bros International Television Distribution (TG4)

Actress In a Lead Role

Charlene McKenna, Raw- Ecosse Films / Octagon Films (RTÉ)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Peter O'Toole, The Tudors- World 2000 Entertainment (TV3, BBC)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Doyle Kennedy, The Tudors- World 2000 Entertainment (TV3, BBC)


Costume Design

Joan Bergin, The Tudors- (World 2000 Entertainment)

Director of Photography

PJ Dillon, 32A- (Janey Pictures)


J. Patrick Duffner, Kisses- (Element Pictures Distribution)

Make Up & Hair

Sharon Doyle & Dee Corcoran, The Tudors -(World 2000 Entertainment)

Original Score

David Holmes, Hunger - (Blast! Films)

Production Design

Tom McCullagh, Hunger- (Blast! Films)


Ronan Hill & Mervyn Moore, Hunger- (Blast! Films)


Children’s/Youth Programme

Aifric- Micheal O'Domhnaill, Telegael Media Group (TG4)

Current Affairs

Cocaine(Prime Time Investigates) - Paul Loughlin/Sean Mac Giolla Phadraig, Keelin Shanley/Barry O’Kelly (RTÉ)

Documentary Series

Bertie- Steve Carson, Mint Productions (RTÉ)

Single Documentary

Cromwell In Ireland- Maurice Sweeney, Tile Films (RTÉ)

Entertainment Programme

The Apprentice- Larry Bass, Screentime Shinawil (TV3)

Factual Programme

In The Name Of The Fada- Pat Comer, Peer Pressure Productions (RTÉ)


Troid Fhuilteach (A Bloody Canvas)- Andrew Gallimore, Fastnet Films, TG4



Granny O'Grimm- Brown Bag Films

Short Film

The Door –Juanita Wilson (Octagon Films)

Special Irish Language

In The Name Of The Fada- Pat Comer, Peer Pressure Productions (RTÉ)

Rising Star Award, sponsored by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

Michael Fassbender – Actor

Industry Lifetime Contribution Award

George Morrison