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Post by Admin on Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:50 pm

Category: Actor In a Supporting Role - Film
The 7th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards Nominees - ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - FILM

Simon Delaney
Happy Ever Afters
(Newgrange Pictures)

Michael Fassbender
Fish Tank
(Artificial Eye)

Michael Gambon
Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince
(Warner Bros)

Aidan Quinn
The Eclipse
(Treasure Entertainment)

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Nominees Announced for IFTA 2010

12 Jan 2010 |

The 2010 Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) Nominees have been unveiled. The winners of all 37 Film and Television categories will be announced at the 7th Annual IFTA ceremony on Saturday, February 20th in Dublin. All of the categories have been shortlisted by Academy Members and Jury panels of experts from around the world.

The five shortlisted Best Feature Film nominees for 2010 are Zanita Film’s ‘Eamon’, Treasure Entertainment’s ‘The Eclipse’, ‘Ondine’ from Octagon Films, Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Secret of Kells’ and ‘Zonad’ from Element Pictures.

The category of Director Film comprises of five heavyweight Irish directors, namely Neil Jordan for ‘Ondine’, Conor McPherson for ‘The Eclipse’, John and Kieran Carney for their film ‘Zonad’ and Jim Sheridan for ‘Brothers’. John and Kieran Carney and Neil Jordan are also hoping for a win in the Script Film category which sees nods for Margaret Corkery (Eamon) and writing duo Billy Roche & Conor McPherson (The Eclipse).

In the lead film acting group the nominees include Colin Farrell for his role in ‘Ondine’, first time IFTA nominee, Darren Healy, for ‘Savage’, Ciarán Hinds for his part in ‘The Eclipse’, Stephen Rea for ‘Nothing Personal’, Janice Byrne for her work on ‘Zonad’, Amy Kirwan for ‘Eamon’, Jade Yourell for ‘Happy Ever Afters’ and Saoirse Ronan for her role in ‘The Lovely Bones’.

Where supporting roles in films are concerned the nominees include Simon Delaney in ‘Happy Ever Afters’, Michael Fassbender in ‘Fish Tank’, Michael Gambon in ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’, Aidan Quinn in ‘The Eclipse’, Anne Marie Duff in ‘Nowhere Boy’, Dervla Kirwan in ‘Ondine’ which marks her first IFTA nomination, Nora Jane Noone in ‘Savage’ and Ger Ryan in ‘Happy Ever Afters’.

The shortlisted international films are ‘Avatar’, ‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘Let the Right One In’ and ’UP’ with nods for the acting prowess of Marion Cotillard for ‘Nine’, Penélope Cruz for ‘Broken Embraces’, Anna Kendrick for ‘Up In The Air’, Meryl Streep for ‘It’s Complicated’, Sam Rockwell for ‘Moon’, Vincent Cassell for ‘Mesrine: Killer Instinct’, Robert Downey Jr. for ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and Stanley Tucci for ‘The Lovely Bones’.

Four feature documentaries, specifically Niall McKay’s ‘The Bass Player: A Song for Dad’, Morgan Bushe’s ‘Colony’, Andrew Freedman’s ‘His & Hers’ and Alan Gilsenan’s ‘The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy’ will all compete for the George Morrison Feature Documentary prize at the awards ceremony.

Where Irish talent on television is concerned Irish television drama continues to deliver variety, entertainment and quality for home audiences with productions from Irish broadcasters RTÉ, TV3, TG4 and BBC NI included in the shortlist for the Single Drama/Drama Serial category sees nominations for Accomplice Television’s ‘Belonging to Laura’, BBC Northern Ireland’s ‘Best: His Mother’s Son’, Octagon Films / Left Bank Pictures’ ‘Father & Son’, Big Fish Film’s ‘Five Minutes of Heaven’ and Great Western Films’ ‘Rásaí na Gaillimhe’.

The shortlisted projects in the Drama Series/Soap group include Parallel Films’ ‘The Clinic’, RTÉ’s ‘Fair City’, Accomplice Television’s ‘Pure Mule: The Last Weekend’, EO Telefís/Tyrone Productions’ ‘Ros na Rún’ and World 2000 Entertainment’s ‘The Tudors’.

The Director Television category features the helming talents of Ciaran Donnelly for ‘The Tudors’, Thaddeus O’Sullivan for ‘Churchill: Into the Storm’, Robert Quinn for ‘Rásaí na Gaillimhe’ and Declan Recks for ‘Pure Mule: The Last Weekend’ whereas the Script Television category sees nods for the late Frank Deasy for ‘Father & Son’, Frank McGuinness for ‘A Short Stay in Switzerland’, Eugene O’Brien for ‘Pure Mule: The Last Weekend’ and James Phelan for ‘Rásaí na Gaillimhe’.

The television acting categories are uniformly strong and include strong performances from Irish talent working internationally such as Gabriel Byrne for ‘In Treatment’, Elaine Cassidy for her part in U.S. drama ‘Harpers Island’ and Brendan Gleeson for ‘Churchill: Into the Storm’ alongside Liam Neeson for ‘Five Minutes of Heaven’, Jonathan Rhys Meyers for ‘The Tudors’, Ruth Bradley for ‘Rásaí na Gallimhe', ‘Michelle Fairley for ‘Best: His Mother’s Son’ and Charlene McKenna for ‘Pure Mule: The Last Weekend’.

The support acting talent is similarly impressive, featuring Declan Conlon for ‘Fair City’, Diarmuid Noyes for ‘Pure Mule: The Last Weekend’, Stephen Rea for ‘Father & Son’ and Owen Rowe for ‘Val Falvey T.D.’, Sarah Bolger for ‘The Tudors’, Dawn Bradfield for ‘Pure Mule: The Last Weekend’, Amy Huberman for ‘The Clinic’ and Tatianna Uliankina for ‘Belonging to Laura’.

Pat Kenny’s new series ‘The Frontline’ features in the Current Affairs category with ‘Prime Time Investigates Travellers - On the Edge’, ‘Spotlight: Stem Cell Tourists’ and ‘Paul Williams’ Investigates’, a probing insight into the Shell to Sea campaign. The Entertainment group sees 2009 winner ‘The Apprentice’ in the spotlight once again with ‘The All Ireland Talent Show’, ‘The Savage Eye’ and Xposé’s tribute to Boyzone star Stephen Gately also nominated.

Other shortlisted titles include: ‘Grand Slam Journey’, which follows the Irish rugby team’s six nations 2009 season; a profile of one of Ireland’s most notorious murders in ‘Killers: O’Reilly’, ‘Seamus Heaney: Out Of The Marvellous’, which allowed unprecedented access into the Irish poet’s life and ‘The Forgotten Irish’, which looks at the lives of a generation of people who emigrated to the UK in the post war era.

Áine Moriarty, CEO of the Irish Film and Television Academy reflected on the impressive list of nominees, enthusing: “It’s a tremendous lineup of strong, diverse Irish production for IFTA 2010 and the Nominees’ showcase of work reinforces the fact that Ireland has a superb resource of creative talent, despite the difficult Irish economic year and the knock-on effect to our creative industries. The Academy is proud to give due recognition to home-grown Irish talent for their creative achievements both at home and abroad. Best of luck to all the Nominees and we look forward to a great industry celebration at the 7th annual IFTA Awards Ceremony.”

The Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. The Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on 20th February 2010.

Following on from the success of the Awards in 2009, this year's Awards ceremony promises to be a highly prestigious and glamorous event with a host of film stars, TV personalities, directors, producers and distinguished guests in attendance to celebrate the undisputed talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland and around the globe.

Below is the full list of nominations and more information:



Eamon - Seamus Byrne (Zanita Films)
The Eclipse - Robert Walpole, Rebecca O'Flanagan (Treasure Entertainment)
Ondine - Neil Jordan, James Flynn (Octagon Films)
The Secret of Kells - Paul Young (Cartoon Saloon)
Zonad - Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, John McDonnell (Element Pictures)

Director Film
John Carney, Kieran Carney - Zonad (Element Pictures)
Neil Jordan - Ondine (Octagon Films)
Conor McPherson - The Eclipse (Treasure Entertainment)
Jim Sheridan - Brothers (Lionsgate)

Script Film
John Carney, Kieran Carney - Zonad (Element Pictures)
Margaret Corkery - Eamon (Zanita Films)
Neil Jordan - Ondine (Octagon Films)
Billy Roche, Conor McPherson - The Eclipse (Treasure Entertainment)

Actor in a Lead Role – Film
Colin Farrell - Ondine (Octagon Films)
Darren Healy – Savage (SP Films)
Ciarán Hinds - The Eclipse (Treasure Entertainment)
Stephen Rea - Nothing Personal (Fastnet Films)

Actress in a Lead Role – Film
Janice Byrne - Zonad (Element Pictures)
Amy Kirwan - Eamon (Zanita Films)
Saoirse Ronan - The Lovely Bones (Paramount)
Jade Yourell - Happy Ever Afters (Newgrange Pictures)

Actor in a Supporting Role – Film
Simon Delaney - Happy Ever Afters (Newgrange Pictures)
Michael Fassbender - Fish Tank (Artificial Eye)
Michael Gambon - Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince (Warner Bros)
Aidan Quinn - The Eclipse (Treasure Entertainment)

Actress in a Supporting Role – Film
Anne Marie Duff - Nowhere Boy
Dervla Kirwan - Ondine (Octagon Films)
Nora Jane Noone - Savage (SP Films)
Ger Ryan - Happy Ever Afters (Newgrange Pictures)

Feature Documentary
The Bass Player: A Song for Dad – Niall McKay (Media Factory)
Colony – Morgan Bushe, Macdara Kelleher (Fastnet Films)
His & Hers – Andrew Freedman (Venom Film)
The Yellow Bittern – The Life & Times of Liam Clancy – Alan Gilsenan (Crossing the Line Films)


International Film
The Hurt Locker
Let the Right One In

Pantene Best International Actress Award – People’s Choice*
Marion Cotillard – Nine
Penélope Cruz – Broken Embraces
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Meryl Streep – It’s Complicated

International Actor
Sam Rockwell – Moon
Vincent Cassell - Mesrine: Killer Instinct
Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

*Nominees have been selected by the Irish Film & Television Academy Members, Winner will be decided via a public vote.


Single Drama / Drama Serial
Belonging to Laura - Martina Niland, David Collins (Accomplice Television)
Best: His Mother's Son - Colin Barr (BBC NI)
Father & Son - Michael Casey (Green Park Films)
Five Minutes of Heaven - Eoin O'Callaghan (Big Fish Films)
Rásaí na Gaillimhe - (Great Western Films)

Drama Series / Soap
The Clinic - Mary Callery (Parallel Films)
Fair City - Brigie De Courcy (RTÉ)
Pure Mule - The Last Weekend - David Collins & Peter Norris (Accomplice Television)
Ros na Rún - (Eo Teilifís / Tyrone Productions)
The Tudors - Morgan O'Sullivan (World 2000 Entertainment)

Director Television
Ciaran Donnelly - The Tudors (World 2000 Entertainment)
Thaddeus O'Sullivan - Churchill: Into the Storm (Scott Free Films / Rainmark Films)
Robert Quinn - Rásaí na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films)
Declan Recks - Pure Mule - The Last Weekend (Accomplice Television)#

Script Television
Frank Deasy - Father & Son (Green Park Films)
Frank McGuinness - A Short Stay in Switzerland (BBC)
Eugene O'Brien - Pure Mule - The Last Weekend (Accomplice Television)
James Phelan - Rásaí na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films)

Actor in a Lead Role – Television
Gabriel Byrne - In Treatment (TV3)
Brendan Gleeson - Churchill: Into the Storm (Scott Free Films, Rainmark Films)
Liam Neeson - Five Minutes of Heaven (Big Fish Films)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - The Tudors (World 2000 Entertainment)

Actress in a Lead Role – Television
Ruth Bradley - Rásaí na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films)
Elaine Cassidy - Harpers Island (Junction Films)
Michelle Fairley - Best: His Mother's Son (BBC NI)
Charlene McKenna - Pure Mule - The Last Weekend (Accomplice Television)

Actor in a Supporting Role – Television
Declan Conlon - Fair City (RTÉ)
Diarmuid Noyes - Pure Mule - The Last Weekend (Accomplice Television)
Stephen Rea - Father & Son (Octagon Films)
Owen Roe - Val Falvey, T.D. (Grand Pictures)

Actress in a Supporting Role - Television
Sarah Bolger - The Tudors (World 2000 Entertainment)
Dawn Bradfield - Pure Mule - The Last Weekend (Accomplice Television)
Amy Huberman - The Clinic (Parallel Film Productions for RTÉ)
Tatianna Uliankina - Belonging to Laura (Accomplice Television)


Costume Design
Joan Bergin - The Tudors (World 2000 Entertainment)
Consolata Boyle – Chéri (Pathé)
Alison Byrne - Cracks (Optimum Releasing)
Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh – Ondine (Octagon Films)

Director of Photography
Tom Comerford - Savage (SP Films)
Suzie Lavelle - One Hundred Mornings (Blinder Films)
Ivan McCullough - The Eclipse (Treasure Entertainment)
Ruairí O'Brien - Five Minutes of Heaven (Big Fish Films)

Mairead McIvor - Savage (SP Films)
Emer Reynolds - The Eclipse (Treasure Entertainment)
Isobel Stephenson - Pure Mule - The Last Weekend (Accomplice Television)
Ken Wardrop - His & Hers (Venom Film)

Make Up & Hair (Sponsored by MAC)
Five Minutes of Heaven - Pamela Smyth (Big Fish Films)
The Take - Lorraine Glynn, Morna Ferguson (Company Pictures)
The Tudors - Sharon Doyle, Dee Corcoran (World 2000 Entertainment)
Zonad - Eileen Buggy, Barbara Conway (Element Pictures)

Original Score
Brian Byrne - Zonad (Element Pictures)
Neil Hannon - Wide Open Spaces (Grand Pictures)
The Henry Girls - A Shine Of Rainbows (Sepia Films)
Stephen McKeon – Savage (SP Films)

Production Design
Tom Conroy - The Tudors (World 2000 Entertainment)
Susie Cullen - The Take (Company Pictures)
Ashleigh Jeffers - Occupation (Kudos Film and Television)
Anna Rackard - Ondine (Octagon Films)

The Eclipse - Ronan Hill, Jon Stevenson, John Fitzgerald (Treasure Entertainment)
Five Minutes of Heaven - Ronan Hill, Jon Stevenson, John Fitzgerald (Big Fish Films)
Ondine - Brendan Deasy, Tom Johnson, Sarah Gaines (Octagon Films)
Savage - Patrick Hanlon, John Fitzgerald, Fiadhnait McCann (SP Films)


Children’s / Youth Programme
Aisling's Diary - Triona Campbell (CR Entertainment)
Ballybraddan - Gerard O'Rourke (Monster Animation)
On The Block - Tory Island - Hilary O'Donovan (Macalla Teo)
Seacht - Louise McCreesh & Colin O'Donnell (Stirling Film and Television)

Current Affairs
The Frontline - David Nally (RTÉ)
Paul Williams Investigates: The Battle for the Gasfield - Paul Williams (Praxis Pictures)
Prime Time Investigates: Travellers - On the Edge - David Doran (RTÉ)
Spotlight: Stem Cell Tourists - Darragh Macintyre (BBC NI)

Documentary Series
Blood of the Irish - Brian Hayes (Crossing the Line Films)
Bóthar go dtí an White House - Dathai Keane (Abú Media)
I See A Darkness - Alan Gilsenan (Yellow Asylum Films)
Teorainn (Border) - Fiona Keane (DoubleBand Films)

Single Documentary
Abuse of Trust: Sins of the Fathers - Jerome Hughes
The Forgotten Irish - Ronan O Muirthile (Animo TV)
The House - Tanya Doyle (Marmalade Films)
Seamus Heaney: Out Of The Marvellous - Charlie McCarthy (Icebox Films)

Entertainment Programme
The All Ireland Talent Show - Noeleen Golding (Tyrone Productions)
The Apprentice - (Screentime ShinAwil)
The Savage Eye - (Blinder Films)
Xposé - The Stephen Gately Tribute - Debbie O'Donnell (TV3)

News Programme
BBC Newsline – Angelina Fusco (BBC NI)
City Channel News – Jennifer O’Leary (City Channel)
TV3 News at 5.30 – Conor Tiernan (TV3)

Factual Programme
Celebrity Bainisteoir - Darren Smith (Kite Entertainment)
Killers - O'Reilly - Sarah Share (Coco Television)
Nightly News with Vincent Browne - Tom Fabozzi (TV3)
Welcome to my World - Trisha Canning (Loosehorse)

GAA Beo - (Nemeton TV)
Grand Slam Journey - Dave Berry (RTÉ)
Pride of The Parish - Cormac Hargaden (Loosehorse)
Shay Elliot - Cycle of Betrayal - Martin Dwan (Zampano Productions)


Special Irish Language Award
CSÍ - Kevin Cummins (RTÉ)
Rásaí na Gaillimhe - (Great Western Films)
Ros na Rún - (Eo Teilifís / Tyrone Productions)
Seacht - Louise McCreesh & Colin O'Donnell (Stirling Film and Television)

Hasan Everywhere - Andrew Kavanagh (Kavaleer Productions)
The Polish Language - Alice Lyons
The Secret of Kells - Tomm Moore (Cartoon Saloon)
Trolley Boy - Teemu Auersalo (Still Films)

Short Film
If I Should Fall Behind - Morgan Bushe (Fastnet Films)
Moore Street Masala - David O'Sullivan (Fish Films)
Runners - Rob Burke, Ronan Burke - (Black Sheep Productions)
Sunshower - Liam Gavin (Samson Films)

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Post by Admin on Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:50 pm

The Irish Times - Monday, February 22, 2010
Rolling out the red carpet for the Iftas

Hollywood stars and homegrown talent turned out for the Irish Film and Television Awards this weekend. Davin O’Dwyer watched it all unfold

THEY MIGHT be the closest thing Ireland has to the Oscars, but the Irish Film and Television Awards, which were held in the Burlington Hotel on Saturday night, offers something the Academy Awards really can’t match – the wonderfully incongruous sight of Hollywood royalty rubbing shoulders with everyday Irish TV personalities.

At one stage during the evening, Jon Voight, Brendan Gleeson, Juliette Binoche and John Boorman, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, passed the gauntlet of photographers, radio microphones and press hacks assembled deep in the bowels of the hotel. As they all chatted happily about Boorman’s career and their love of the Irish film industry, who followed hot on their heels only Dáithí Ó Sé and Don Wycherley. This sure isn’t Hollywood, but then again, would we want it to be? Host Victoria Smurfit brought her trademark elegance to proceedings, and while some of the gags were more hit than miss, she proved a sure hand.

The big winner on the night was The Eclipse , the forthcoming supernatural chiller from writer-director Conor McPherson, and which stars Ciaran Hinds and Aidan Quinn. It won best film, while McPherson and co-writer Billy Roche took the gong for best script, and Quinn won best supporting actor, which he said was his first acting award.

Hinds, however, was pipped in the best actor category by Colin Farrell, for his role in Neil Jordan’s Ondine . His long, cheerily meandering speech was one of the most heartfelt of the night, but down in the press room he castigated himself, in typically profane Farrell style, for forgetting to thank the people of Castletownbere, Co Cork, where Ondine was filmed. Jim Sheridan, meanwhile, won best director for the recently released Brothers and Dervla Kirwan won best supporting actress for Ondine .

Most of the best picture nominees, however, have yet to get a widespread release, which was undoubtedly problematic, not only for the audience at home who didn’t know who to root for, and also because some Ifta voters weren’t able to see all the films they were asked to judge.

In the best actress category, Saoirse Ronan picked up her second Ifta award, this time for her performance in The Lovely Bones , prompting her father to quip “we’ll need an Ifta extension at this rate”. Ronan is growing into quite the film star, coping with both her perilously high heels and the frenzied attentions of the paparazzi with equal aplomb. Another young female actor who enjoyed the spotlight was Sarah Bolger, who won best supporting actress in the TV category for her role in The Tudors .

For many winners, particularly those less accustomed to the glare of attention, the initial euphoria of victory drains away as soon as they face the phalanx of photographers, all barking orders and making wisecracks. The fixed grins and forced poses from the writers and documentary makers, say, were in stark contrast to the likes of Bolger and Ronan, who both share that natural poise in front of the lens.

The international awards were a perfunctory addition to the evening, with The Hurt Locker taking the top prize over Avatar , while Robert Downey Jr will undoubtedly be surprised to hear his broad performance in Sherlock Holmes has netted him an acting award. Meryl Streep, took the public vote in the hair-product sponsored best international actress award for the second year in a row, this time for middle-aged romcom It’s Complicated , rather than the critics’ favourite Julie and Julia .

Apart from the awards, there was also the highly competitive and unofficial best-dressed award. The winner will be decided by the court of public opinion, but Sarah Bolger’s silver dress looked like it took its inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, best actress nominee Jade Yourell turned heads with her scarlet number, while young Misfits actor Robert Sheehan was the most adventurous of the men, rejecting the tired tuxedo formula for a daringly colourful pink tie and suit combo.

But it was Farrell’s girlfriend, Polish actor and Ondine co-star Alicja Bachleda, who received the most plaudits from fashionistas, many of whom struggled to believe she had given birth in the past few months. There was some competition in the dazzling smile category, with Amy Huberman and Michael Fassbender battling it out to see who could boast the most radiant, heartwarming grin. We’ll call it a draw.

But if the night belonged to anyone, it belonged to John Boorman. Collecting his lifetime achievement award, he drew the most sustained applause of the evening, and the fact that Jon Voight and Juliette Binoche had travelled specifically to offer their warm words was an indication of the esteem in which he is held.

Video tributes from Pierce Brosnan, Gabriel Byrne and an effusive Burt Reynolds added to the collective sense that Boorman is the national treasure we never knew we had. And his hilariously indiscreet anecdote about the luminous Juliette Binoche and a hypothetical meal with all her lovers was the funniest moment of the evening, to boot.

FOR ALL THOSE SCEPTICS who think these award ceremonies are insufferably self-congratulatory, the refutation came from Aidan Quinn. Down in the press room after winning he jokingly explained the mindset.

“When you’re watching these awards shows when you’re not nominated, you’re looking at the thing at home on TV and saying ‘Sheesh, they’re taking themselves a bit seriously, it’s a bit self-important.’ But when you’re holding the award, you’re saying ‘Yeah, it’s just!’ ”

Even seasoned veterans, it seems, enjoy a bit of recognition for their good work.

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Another awards non-shocker: “The Hurt Locker” takes BAFTAs

Posted by Bob Westal (02/22/2010 @ 6:00 am)

Jeremy Renner in Really, the headline here tells the tale about last night’s awards from the English equivalent of our Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The Hurt Locker” won six awards from the Orange British Academy Film Awards (which makes me wonder what other colours British film awards are available in). As described by Indiewire’s Peter Knegt — who also kindly provides a complete list of the awards — they include Best Picture, a directing award for Kathryn Bigelow, as well as for Mark Boal’s screenplay, editing, photography, and sound – the better part of the whole behind-the-camera British enchilada. And, no, I don’t think that sounds very appetizing, either. Not quite all of it, though. For example, “The Young Victoria” got the awards that usually go to period dramas, costumes and make-up.

Perhaps almost as predictably, the main acting awards, however, did go to more local talent. Specifically Colin Firth won for his performance as a man in mourning in “A Single Man” and Carey Mulligan for her teen learning some hard, yet kind of fun, life lessons in “An Education.” Still, the BAFTAs bowed to standard practice by giving the supporting actor awards to Mo’Nique of “Precious” and Christoph Waltz of “Inglourious Basterds,” yet again. (Also truish-to-form, Mo’Nique wasn’t there.)

Best British film went to the highly praised “Fish Tank,” which happens to feature “Basterd” secret weapon Michael Fassbender opposite Kierston Wareing and newcomer Katie Jarvis. As for the lastest from the onetime Mr. Kathryn Bigelow, “Avatar,” it met the once traditional fate of well-regarded science fiction movies at the Oscars, and only got a Best Visual Effects and Production Design awards but, of course, is only making a double gazillion dollars. Aaah. Geeks may be take some solace, however, in learning that “Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer” went to Duncan Jones for his intriguing feature debut, “Moon,” a small-scale space tale like they used to make.

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Lights, Camera, Action…

Last Saturday it was time for the annual film and television awards ceremony ‘The IFTAs’ down in Dublin.
I’ve covered this event for the last 4 or 5 years and considering this years was the 7th, thats not bad going.
Its a long day usually leaving Belfast before noon and rarely getting home before 3 or 4am.
Along with the Meteor music awards its probably one of the most prestigious events held in Ireland and usually attracts a lot of the home grown talent along with a smattering of Hollywood A listers. In previous years the likes of Mel Gibson, Rene Russo and Bo Derek have graced the red carpet.

This year was to be another big year with Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, John Boorman, Josh Hartnett, Matt Dillon, Juliette Binoche expected to make an appearance. As with many things though, what happens on the night can be somewhat different.

Red Carpet photography appears glamourous, mixing it with the stars, drinking champagne to the early hours but the reality is far from it. Unlike other places where you have to get up at an unfeasibly early hour of the morning and put your name down on a list for a slot on the carpet, at the IFTAs its first come first served and for the last 2 years I’ve been first down.

Sad to say the 2-3 hour wait in your spot isnt particularly glamourous, lots of moving lights, moving backdrops, laying the red or slightly orange carpet. All thrilling stuff. It does give you the opportunity to catch up with colleagues though and exchange stories and rumours. It will surprise a lot of people to discover that groups of photographers rarely talk about cameras or photography or anything else. Its no different to any other profession in that respect.

I do however get slagged off for having two cameras, when most others have just one. My rationale is that once I’m set Im set, I’ve a long lens for closeups and a short lens for full length portraits, plus you dont know what sort of area you will be in so it pays to be prepared. Of course the main reason is that you have a working camera if one fails just as an A lister looks you straight in the eye. Of course thats never happened and maybe I’m over cautious…

The red carpet work is also incredibly stressful, you have a split second to get the eye contact, which in some actors cases, naming no names, is easier said than done. Some play the game, others dont and you wonder why they stop to get their pictures taken in the first place. Shot counts can go through the roof, not machine gunning or ‘monstering’ but just trying to get that smile or both eyes open or just plain vertical picture. It would be difficult enough just on your own with a couple of hundred celebrities of all persuasions walking past you in just over an hour but consider being in a pack of about 20-30 photographers or more all vying for the best shot, all shouting, all elbowing each other and squeezed into an area the size that the EU wouldnt allow sheep in!

Theres no real time to check each shot, you do a couple of test shots using the pr people and then just pray. You pray you dont change settings, you hope all the hustle and bustle doesnt knock the flash contacts, you dont run out of juice for the flash or camera. Spare batteries in each pocket and trailing wires to the flash external battery packs. People have climbed everest with less equipment!

Of course going on last years event in the Burlington hotel where they left the doors open all night I was wearing a heavy ski jacket.

Foreign correspondents turned up in their tuxedos to see some of the Irish photographers looking like they were wearing the clothes they slept in the night before (and probably did). It was a bit of a culture shock for them with the photographers chatting with some of the stars, slagging some off and just being Irish. Obviously the banter that goes on here doesnt really happen in London, Paris or New York.

As the night wore on the ski jacket was less and less a good idea, this year the heaters were on and the doors were closed. The guys around me wearing their fleeces were also feeling the heat but we were so tightly packed and the celebs were coming thick and fast so its just deal with the water running down your neck. Hopefully its my own sweat and not that of the two tiers of photographers above me.

Some stars are an absolute joy to photograph and some arent. Whether they are playing the game or just nice people people like Jon Voight and Michael Fassbender are just a joy to photograph. The type of people youd love to spend an evening in the pub with. Some people also have a bad reputation, I have to admit being a bit apprehensive the time I photographed Russell Crowe but he was charming, interesting to listen to and I appreciated his point of view about paps chasing him and his kids down the street. I’d be pissed off too and more than likely to slap a few of them about. Thankfully with one or two exceptions that sort of behaviour isnt accepted here and the stars appreciate having their space. I suppose its the beligerence of the Irish with a ‘who are you’ attitude. You take the photos then leave them to it.

At this even Jon Voight was the star he is, charming, full of banter, plenty of time to spend and talk, just doing the whole ’star’ thing and that shows in the photos. Not just the straight up and down but a lot of cameo stuff and off the cuff photos that make the job interesting. Michael Fassbender is like that too, full of banter and looks like he really enjoys being there, exchanging banter with the photographers and everyone around them.

Some of the really big stars are also quite private and quiet, a few people like Juliette Binoche arrive with no fanfare and you do a double take when this person just appears in front of you with no accompanying PR or any announcement. Just nice and professional.

The big one I and others were waiting on was Colin Farrell. Ive missed Colin Farrell on a number of occassions and is one of the decreasing list of ‘must’ photographs. Ive still to photograph Pierce Brosnan and believe it or not Liam Neeson so will try to get them as well at some point. Farrell has a bit of a reputation but as I learned with Russell Crowe, in a lot of cases that sort of thing is totally unjustified.

So there was a gap before Colin Farrell arrived so reset both cameras, took a couple of test shots then the world exploded around me as somehow all the worlds lights appeared to have been turned on at one. Colin Farrell had well and truly arrived. One last check on the back of the screen and we would be away….

…the shutter had gone in my main camera…
…wide to long lens, fully charged battery, biggest external power pack…
…too late to change everything…

Just get on with it. You know the real pros when they dont listen to the shouts of the photographers, they just go from one end to the other, a brief glance into everyones camera, long enough or maybe not to get that one looking down the throat shot. Now sometimes thats not what you want so you try to get other options but I was just trying to get something sharp and well exposed at this point.

As the famous quote about a newspaper photographer goes ‘you can have it well exposed or sharp, which one do you want’?
The world slows down, its a case of breathe, wait, squeeze, check settings, refocus, recompose, change settings, wait, breath, squeeze. The noise and light around you just disappears and you are focussed on that shot, that one shot that if you machine gunned you would probably miss. The turning of a face through 120 degrees takes soooo long but you dare not squeeze one off too early in case you miss the money shot.

All of a sudden its over. All the celebs have gone in to the awards and then theres the mad scramble to the press room to download, edit, caption and send the photos. Well normally there is but since I stopped working for Getty and working for myself and my own agency, most of the photos arent that time critical, so for the first time in my photographic career I could spend time at the buffet. No more sitting in a corner on the floor editing like mad on the macbook with 3G, shoving the warm cereal bars I’d kept in my pocket all day into my gub, washing it down with lucozade sport or something else sporty that probably makes no difference in this situation whatsoever ;-)

Time to look at the damage to the camera and move everything across to the 2nd camera in time for the winners presentations in the press room.

The press room is more of a sedate affair if you can call it that, no scrambling to find out who people are, no asking the accompanying guest to please get out of our shot of the main celeb, theres plenty of time between award winners. I do feel sorry for some award winners though, this is the pinnacle of many a career and something that will grace the mantlepiece of grandchildren and because its for makeup or set design or some such the photographers arent really interested. Essentially we are waiting again for Colin Farrell but I always try to take photos of every winner. Just so as they can say they had their photo taken.

Of course if the 2nd camera shutter should fail because of this policy I would never let people hear the end of it.
Question now is will Colin Farrell make an appearance? Show is over, live TV coverage is over, crowd in the press room apart from photographers is thinning out. Will he, wont he?

Again its all sound and all picture as Colin charms us all, exchanges a bit of banter and generally is totally enthusiastic about his award and the film Ondine, which like last years winner Hunger, is now top of the list of films to see this year.

5 mins later and its all over, its time to pack up, clear the snow off the car and head up the motorway to Belfast.
Looking forward to the 8th annual awards already…. photos from this year in the link below

2010 IFTA awards photos

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We Catch Up with Tarantino and some Inglourious Basterds

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The BAFTAs were held on Sunday (click here for the winners) evening in London, but the real festivities got underway on Friday night at Soho's Groucho Club where Quentin Tarantino held a cocktail reception in honor of his Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz.

Among the attendees at the intimate get-together were Tarantino, Waltz, Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Neve Campbell, Matthew Goode and, eventually, Mickey Rourke who turned up late and huddled on a banquette with QT.

Prior to the affair, I had a chance to speak with Weinstein about the now notorious Inglourious push he's making to put Tarantino's film in the front-runner slot for a Best Picture Oscar.

A bullish Weinstein told me that there is ""tremendous momentum building"" for the film. (Just ask Tom O'Neil among others.)

Reiterating comments he's made elsewhere, Weinstein noted that the SAG ensemble award, which this year went to Basterds, is a good predictor of the eventual best picture winner - as was the case with his own Shakespeare in Love in 1999.

""I'm really confident because I think the actors lead the charge. There was this great story with the ex-husband vs. the ex-wife and I think that wore off and people are looking at the movies again,"" he commented regarding the media-created battle between James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow whose Avatar and The Hurt Locker have been the leaders in a supposed two-horse race.

""There were 450 Academy members at an Academy screening (of Basterds) a few days ago and usually you don't get that many people to see films on the bigscreen,"" Weinstein added. ""The Academy are conscientious voters, they're re-screening movies.""

Further, he said, ""Quentin really considers this one of his best films and maybe his best and the feeling in Hollywood right now is that it's time to reward the guy. None of his films has won best picture and just look at the body of the work!""

I noted that when the film originally premiered in Cannes in May, critics were divided and so I wondered if there's a risk opening a movie so early in front of one of the world's most unfriendly critical audiences.

Weinstein, noting that cuts and changes had been made since Cannes, said it wasn't a risk because ""Cannes is great. If you look at it, Pulp Fiction had its premiere there - and I think Quentin and I are pretty superstitious. We repeat the same formulas. I don't think there's a problem changing things after a festival but even then, the history of the film is amazing.""

He continued to tell the story of reading the original Basterds script on July 4 while attending a wedding in Wales: ""I was reading the script before the ceremony and I called Quentin and said, 'Let's go.' But he had one condition and that was we had to make it to Cannes. It was crazy because we were starting to shoot in September and had six weeks to edit the movie, but in this case Cannes was a blessing because we got another shot at it - it was all there though.""

So what happens, after all of his proclamations that Basterds will win best picture, if it doesn't? ""We're gonna have a good time in any case. If we don't win we'll melt down the Oscars and make gold stars, little gold Jewish stars out of them.""

As for QT himself, I was able to chat with him for a few minutes on Friday night and we also revisited the fact that Basterds had opened in Cannes 10 months ago and was now being talked about as a serious best picture candidate. He confessed he had actually just been thinking the same thing and had made the calculation of how many months it had been since Cannes on his way in from the airport upon arriving in London.

I told him one of my favorite Cannes stories in which he is the star: On his first day as Cannes jury president in 2004, very, very early in the morning, I was sitting in the Carlton Hotel lobby when Tarantino came bounding through. He was beaming and saying hello to everyone he passed - which at that hour really only included hotel staff and myself - on his way to breakfast. Jury presidents are rarely seen or heard in Cannes, but here he was, out among us.

As is often the case, he looked like an eager kid in a giant candy store. So, I asked him, does he ever get tired? Does it ever get old this romp he's been on for years? Firstly, he laughed, he was probably so jet-lagged that particular morning that he had no choice but to come down to breakfast at the break of dawn. But, he added he was also fueled by the fact that few things were more exciting than the prospect of watching and talking about movies for days on end.

Then, taking hold of my arm, he leaned in and confided that he does take a day off from being all boundless energy about every two weeks to just chill out - and eat pizza.

We were soon interrupted by a bearded man who said he was an actor friend of Basterds co-star Michael Fassbender. So, I got out of the way and went to chat with Christoph Waltz.

As is now trademark, the thesp - who went on to pick up the BAFTA on Sunday night for best supporting actor - waxed existential about his good fortune. I told him I hadn't meant to get him thinking quite so seriously at such a relaxed Friday night event but, with all the sincerity in the world, he fixed me with an earnest gaze and said, ""No, this really helps me. It helps me to think about these things so that I keep learning.""

With that, Fassbender's bearded buddy came bustling over and edged me out of the way.

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Voight charms on red carpet

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Monday, February 22, 2010

AS the stars gathered for the seventh annual Irish Film and Television (IFTA) awards, one of the most charming and amiable turned out to be the surprisingly charismatic Jon Voight, father of Angelina Jolie, and acclaimed actor in his own right.

He delighted the assembled press pack with stories and antics, saying he was looking forward to catching up with old chums Colin Farrell, Matt Dillon, Aidan Quinn – and of course director John Boorman, who he was there to pay homage to for a lifetime achievement award.

Voight pleased the penned-in press posse by regaling stories of being “drunk out of his mind” after a pint of Guinness and nearly getting run over when in town for the filming of The General, directed by Boorman.

And he did not shy away from questions about his famous daughter and her family.

“I am upset by all nonsense rumours, I think it’s disgusting,” he said.

“Everyone wants to put them on the cover of magazine to sell it. They are looking to make a dollar and I don’t begrudge them but when they start making stuff up I get angry,” he said.

Ever the joker, Voight added: “I was hot number at one point but I never had it like that.”

Someone who is still very much a hot number, however, is LA actor Josh Hartnett.

He was in town with just his publicist, no less, who was keeping a watchful eye on the young man, whose great-great-grandfather hails from Dingle.

He has visited the peninsula, he told us, but doesn’t know who his relations are as, his family believe, their ancestor dropped his own name and adopted that of a local landlord – Hartnett – when stowing away to America all those years ago.

One man who does know where his roots are is Cork’s own Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but Rhys Meyers said he did not have time to pop home as he was flying to London to present an award at the BAFTAs last night. He said he was happy living in LA, had no plans to return home and although sad about finishing the Tudors, in which he played Henry VIII, he said it was time to move on.

Rhys Meyers, who was up for an gong for TV actor in a lead role, told us to watch out for his latest movie, From Paris with Love, in which he stars alongside John Travolta.

Another man not hanging around post-IFTAs was family man and best actor winner Colin Farrell.

Farrell and his stunning Polish girlfriend Alicja Bachleda-Curus stole the limelight when they entered the Burlington and didn’t disappoint the waiting press pack.

Alicja said she didn’t have much time to meet the parents, as herself and Colin had been busy promoting their movie – Ondine, directed by Neil Jordan.

Colin said it was “lovely” to be home and even lovelier to have Alicja with him, but they wouldn’t be having a late night as they were flying home to four -month-old son Henry at 7am yesterday morning.

Ireland’s second favourite star of the moment, Saoirse Ronan, who won best actress for her role in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, is in intensive martial arts training for her next movie, Hanna, in which she plays a cold-blooded killing machine.

Saoirse, just 15, said she would love to work closer to home and film in Ireland, and did hint that she had been offered some roles here, but would not divulge the details.

Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender said he had just finished filming Steven Soderbergh movie, Knockout, in Dublin and is now working on the set of Jane Eyre in which he plays Mr Rochester.

This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Monday, February 22, 2010

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