Element Pictures Distribution films have been nominated for an incredible 11 awards at the 2017 IFTA’s.

Element Pictures’ production A DATE FOR MAD MARY has been nominated for five awards, including Feature Film, Director, Scriptwriter, Actress in a Leading Role and Actress in a Supporting Role.

Element Pictures’ Company Director Andrew Lowe commented “We are delighted at the news of the 5 nominations for A DATE FOR MAD MARY. Following the terrific performance of the film at the Irish Box Office, we are so pleased for Darren and Colin Thornton that their work has been deservedly recognised by their peers. We are also very proud of all the other nominees on Tomato Red, Mattress Men and Without Name and wish everyone the best of luck for the night of the 8th of April.”

Other IFTA nominations for Element Pictures Distribution include TOMATO RED, which was nominated for 4 awards- Feature Film, Scriptwriter, Cinematography and Sound. MATTRESS MEN and WITHOUT NAME were also among the Element Pictures Distribution nominees.

The 2017 IFTA awards will take place on April 8th in The Mansion House in Dublin.


Element Pictures’ production THE LOBSTER receives an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. This Academy Award® nomination follows from last month’s Golden Globe® nomination for THE LOBSTER’S lead actor Colin Farrell.

Speaking on the nomination, Element Pictures’ producer Ed Guiney commented: “We are so pleased that Yorgos and Efthimis’ amazing and hugely original script has been recognised by the academy. It’s an incredible achievement and we congratulate them and all of The Lobster team.”

This is the second year in a row for Element Pictures to be included in the Oscars, following the huge success story of ROOM last year. ROOM was nominated for four Academy Awards®, with Brie Larson taking home the award for Best Actress for her starring role in the film.

THE LOBSTER has been a huge hit since it won the Jury Prize in Cannes and went on to wow audiences across the world, grossing over €2 million in the UK/Irish box-office and taking almost $10 million in the US, an incredible feat for an independent film. The LOBSTER features a stellar ensemble cast – headed by Colin Farrell and featuring Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley. THE LOBSTER is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippo, produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

Colin Farrell, Yorgos Lanthimos and Element Pictures re-united last summer for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, which was shot in Cincinnati.  Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character. And the team (along with Scarlet Films) re-unite again this spring for THE FAVOURITE starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. Element Pictures are also currently in production with Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE, which is currently shooting in London and stars Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

The 89th Academy Awards® ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honour the best films of 2016 and will take place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.


ROOM lands two nominations at this year’s European Film Awards, which honours the greatest achievements in European Cinema.  Director Lenny Abrahamson and producer Ed Guiney are nominated for Best Film, while Emma Donoghue is nominated for Best Screenwriter. The nominations follow a slew of awards for ROOM, including 4 Oscar nominations and a best actress Oscar win for Brie Larson.

Speaking on the nominations, producer Ed Guiney commented “We are thrilled that ROOM has been recognised by the EFA’s and are so pleased that the brilliant work of Lenny and Emma is being honoured in this way.”

Guiney was previously the recipient of the European co-production award – Prix Eurimages. The winners will be announced on 10 December in Wroclaw, Poland where more than 3,000 EFA members will vote on the winners.

With a box-office total of over €1.3m in Ireland, ROOM is the No.1 Irish film released this year.

ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia).  Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison.  Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.




The Element Pictures produced THE LOBSTER, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos wins in top categories at last night’s Screen Awards, which recognises excellence in film marketing, distribution and exhibition. The film picked up the awards for poster design of the year, thanks to the incredible work of Greek designer Vasilis Marmatakis in collaboration with director Lanthimos.  Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment also scooped the coveted theatrical campaign of the year for THE LOBSTER (99 sites and under).

Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment jointly released THE LOBSTER in Ireland and the UK last October, grossing over €2 million at the box-office which is deemed a break out figure for any independent film.  A24 handled its US distribution with a gross box-office of $9 million. The film has also performed beyond expectations in all other international territories that have opened to date;  Australia (Sony), Belgium (Imagine Films), France (Haut et Court), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Italy (Good Films),The Netherlands (De Filmfreak), and South Korea (Contents Gate)

Head of Element Pictures Distribution, Audrey Sheils commented “The Lobster is such a unique film and we knew Vasilis, working with Yorgos would create artwork as original as the film, and delighted that has been recognized. Both the Element Distribution team and Picturehouse team worked endlessly to make The Lobster a theatrical success across Ireland and the UK, and to win against such other stand out campaigns is testament to the dedication of both teams.

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.  A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

Element Pictures will re-team with Yorgos for his next feature The Killing of a Sacred Deer which has just completed filming in the US with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman attached.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

Twitter: @LobsterFilm



Virgin Media, Ireland’s leading entertainment company is delighted to partner up with Element Pictures Distribution to feature the much anticipated MATTRESS MEN On- Demand from Friday 7th October.

This unique Irish documentary captures a true story about the struggle of turning an ordinary story into an extraordinary journey.

In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Paul, burdened with debts and living with his family in inner city Dublin yearns to get a full time contract working with Mick. Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Will Paul be successful in his endeavours? And will Mick finally overcome the challenges in their friendship and recognise the hard work and good intentions of his long-time friend?

MATTRESS MEN is a bittersweet and moving tale of friendship and the struggles of two men that is sure to delight audiences everywhere.

Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media said “Virgin Media is delighted to support one of Ireland’s leading Independent film company, Element Pictures Distribution, and offer viewers the opportunity to watch MATTRESS MEN On Demand at the same time it is released in Cinemas across Ireland. This is another exciting offering from Virgin Media’s on demand service, which already boasts hundreds of hours of movies and TV shows across multiple platforms including Horizon TV and Horizon Go.”

Element Pictures MD Andrew Lowe added “This partnership with Virgin Media ensures that the brilliant MATTRESS MEN will be seen by as wide an audience as possible and gives Virgins’ customers the choice as to where and when they watch the film. We are really pleased to be working with Virgin in this innovative way and look forward to many more Day and Date releases* with them in the future.”

MATTRESS MEN is directed by Colm Quinn and produced by Ciaran Deeney and David Clarke with funding from the Irish Film Board.

MATTRESS MEN is in Cinemas and on Virgin Media On- Demand and Volta from October 7th.


Film is Based on Actual Events and Stars Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong and Guillaume Canet in Gripping Depiction of Siege of Irish UN Battalion

Netflix and Element Pictures Distribution announced today that they will partner on the UK & Ireland theatrical release for the Netflix Original Film, The Siege of Jadotville produced by Irish production company Parallel Films. The partnership will make The Siege of Jadotville available in select cinemas across Ireland and the UK on September 19, and the film will launch on Netflix, everywhere the service is available, on October 7.

Directed by Richie Smyth and written by Kevin Brodbin, The Siege of Jadotville is a gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, as it thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies.  Featuring a stellar line-up of acting talent including Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Jason O’Mara, Guillaume Canet and Sam Keeley. The Siege of Jadotville is produced by Alan Moloney (Brooklyn, Albert Nobbs, Byzantium) for Parallel Films as well as Richie Smyth and Kevin Brodbin.

There will be a special screening of the film in Dublin on September 19th in The Savoy Cinema to celebrate the film and honor the surviving Jadotville soldiers. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Jamie Dornan, Richie Smyth and Alan Moloney and will be live streamed to cinemas throughout Ireland.

Speaking on the release, Moloney commented “ I’m incredibly proud of this film and thrilled that Element Pictures Distribution are releasing the film throughout Irish & UK cinemas this September and that this important story will be available to over 83 million viewers worldwide on Netflix shortly thereafter. ”

Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures Distribution added, “ The Siege of Jadotville is an accomplished exciting and heart rendering action film about an extraordinary episode in the proud history of the Irish Army’s UN peace keeping missions. We are delighted to be working with Parallel Films and Netflix to enable Irish audiences see this film in cinemas across the country before its launch on Netflix. ”


The Element Pictures’ production The Killing of a Sacred Deer, has started shooting in Cincinnati and reunites Colin Farrell with director/producer Yorgos Lanthimos, following the critical and commercial success of The Lobster.   Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with Barry Keoghan (’71), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland),Sunny Suljic (The Unspoken), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).

The film is produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, who were among the producers of The Lobster and Oscar-winner Room.

Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou co-wrote the project. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

The film is financed by Film4 and the Irish Film Board, who were financiers of The Lobster, and New Sparta Films whose involvement was brokered by HanWay Films.  The project was developed by Element Pictures and Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent, and A24 are on board as US distributor, following their May release of The Lobster.

The Lobster won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2015 and Dogtooth won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, before going on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.


Element Pictures Distribution and StudioCanal have acquired all UK and Irish rights to VIVA, the remarkable Irish-Cuban film short-listed in 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film, in a joint distribution venture.

Directed by Paddy Breathnach, written by Mark O’Halloran, starring Jorge Perugorria, Luis Alberto Garcia and Hector Medina and produced by Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment, VIVA is the Havana-based story of young Jesus, who longs to be a glamorous drag queen only to have his dreams take a detour when his estranged and very macho father returns from a long stint in prison.

Irish and UK audiences will have the opportunity to watch VIVA this summer with Element Pictures Distribution overseeing distribution in the Republic of Ireland and StudioCanal overseeing the United Kingdom.

VIVA was released in the United States on April 29 by Magnolia Releasing following triumphant runs in the Telluride and Sundance Film Festival, with continuous praise from critics with The New York Times calling it “Exhilarating…. So much heart you surrender to its charm.”

Commenting on the release, Director Paddy Breathnach said “I’m very happy that Element and StudioCanal are releasing VIVA in Ireland and UK respectively.  They’re great companies and I’m very excited to work with them in bringing VIVA to audiences here in the near future.”

Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures Distribution added “We are big fans of Paddy and are delighted to be working with him, Rob and Rebecca together with our friends at StudioCanal on the release of VIVA in Ireland and the UK.”

Element is a very skilled Irish distributor and the pairing with StudioCanal is brilliant – we couldn’t be happier with the partnership,” adds Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.  “VIVA continues to thrill us with its continuing success.”

VIVA producers, Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan, said “VIVA was such a labour of love and we are thrilled with its reception so far.  We are particularly pleased to be working with Element to bring it to our home territory and are delighted with the partnership with StudioCanal in the UK.”

 VIVA has sold to over 30 territories world-wide including France to ARP, Benelux to Cinemien, Spain to Betta and Germany to Salzgeber.


The Yorgos Lanthimos directed THE LOBSTER not only opened at number 1 in the US this weekend on the basis of takings per screen but in grossing $188,095 from just 4 locations it has also the highest per-screen-average of 2016 with an incredible $47,034.

Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse jointly released THE LOBSTER in Ireland and the UK last October, grossing over €2 million at the box-office with A24 now handling its US distribution.  A24 also released Element Pictures/Lenny Abrahamson’s Room in the US earlier this year where it grossed almost €13 million.

Producer Ed Guiney commented “We are all thrilled that THE LOBSTER has opened so strongly in the US. Following its tremendous international success to date it’s really gratifying that its connected with US audiences in such a seismic way.”

THE LOBSTER opened to rave reviews this weekend with The New York Times calling it a ‘Masterpiece’ and Rolling Stone calling it a ‘Brilliant, bizarre social satire.’ The Los Angeles Times commented that it ‘Offers a rich, surreal take on modern love’ with industry bible Variety calling it a ‘Wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire of couple-fixated society.’

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.  A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

It was also announced last week that Element Pictures will re-team with Yorgos for his next feature The Killing of a Sacred Deer which is due to begin production in the US this August with Colin Farrell attached.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

Twitter: @LobsterFilm



Element Pictures Distribution (EPD) announced today that they are to be the exclusive Irish distributor of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

Expanding on their existing relationship the deal will see EPD handle the sales and marketing for the ROH Live Cinema Season 2016/17. Set to be the most exciting season to date it will feature six operas and six ballets screened live from the iconic Covent Garden stage.

Highlights from the upcoming Season include 2016 Olivier Award winner WOOLF WORKS, Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. The Royal Ballet’s classic THE NUTCRACKER, the return of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (the company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946) and Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s OTELLO.

Andrew Lowe, MD of Element Pictures commented: “Having worked on the sales and marketing of the ROH Live Cinema Season to Irish cinemas for the last two years, we are really pleased to strengthen our relationship with the Royal Opera House by being appointed their exclusive distributor in Ireland. We have enjoyed a lot of success over the last two years with highlights including (ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, LA BOHĒME and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR) and we are really looking forward to the 2016/17 season which is shaping up to be their strongest one yet. We look forward to working closely with the Royal Opera House to build on this success and to help them grow their unique brand in Ireland over the coming years.”

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House says: “It’s been wonderful to see the continued demand for ROH Live Cinema content across Ireland. Working with Element Pictures Distribution allows for us to build on the success to date and expand our reach even further screening the very best of opera and ballet in high definition.”

For more information on the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season please visit