Rosie Leads the Winners at 2018 Irish Film London Awards
Posted: 14th November 2018
Each November, in the lead up to the Irish Film Festival London (IFL), which takes place from 21 – 25 November, the festival hosts the Irish Film London Awards. The awards took place last night (13 November) in the the Irish Embassy in London, with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland-supported titles Rosie, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid and Under the Clock among the winners.
These Irish Film London Awards highlight and reward the talents of a select number of Irish filmmakers, whose work has shown great distinction, originality and passion. The award nominees are hand-picked from the films selected to screen during the festival each year. This year’s line-up includes twenty-eight films, representing Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent films.
Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie took home Best Feature Film in association with Scannain while the film’s star Sarah Greene received the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting. The film, which is produced by Rory Gilmartin and Emma Norton for Element Pictures and written by acclaimed Irish writer Roddy Doyle, follows 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.
Feargal Ward’s The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid was awarded Best Documentary in association with Cara Personnel and C-KO. The documentary, which is produced by Luke McManus for FSE Films, tells the story of farmer Thomas Reid, who, for years, 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.
Colm Nicell’s Under the Clock was presented with the Súil Eile Award in association with Tourism Ireland. The documentary tells the life-affirming stories of a generation of people whose relationships began under one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks, Clerys clock. Under the Clock is produced by Nicell and Garry Walsh for Snackbox Films.
The 2018 Irish Film Festival London takes place from 21 – 25 November, with the above films screening alongside many more Screen-Ireland supported titles. For more information to explore the full festival programme, click here.