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ELEVEN IFTA NOMINATIONS FOR ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION

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.

MARK O’ROWE’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT ‘THE DELINQUENT SEASON’ STARRING CILLIAN MURPHY COMPLETES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Principal photography was recently completed on Mark O’Rowe’s feature directorial debut The Delinquent Season, starring Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Dunkirk, Free Fire), Catherine Walker (Critical), Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn) and Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock, Denial). Element Pictures Distribution have secured Irish and UK rights, whilst Protagonist Pictures will handle sales in the rest of the world.

The Delinquent Season is produced by Alan Moloney (Siege of Jadotville, Intermission, Mary Shelley) and Ruth Coady (Siege of Jadotville, Mary Shelley) of Parallel Films. Executive producers are Dixie Linder and Nick Marston (Boy A, Broken, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) of Cuba Pictures, and the film was shot on location in Dublin, with support from the Irish Film Board, RTE and BFI.

Writer/director O’Rowe has several key writing credits to his name, including the award-winning Intermission (IFTA winner for Best Script in 2003), Boy A (BAFTA-nominated in two categories), Perrier’s Bounty (2010) and Broken (nominated for Best Screenplay at BIFA 2012).

The Delinquent Season is a tense drama which revolves around two couples in suburban Dublin – Jim and Danielle and Yvonne and Chris. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation between one couple occurs and cracks begin to appear in both of these seemingly steady marriages.

The Delinquent Season is an examination of love, lust and family relationships and asks the question how well do any of us really know each other?

A DATE FOR MAD MARY SELECTED TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT THE 60TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted that A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its UK premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival which will take place 5-16 October 2016.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY has been receiving stellar reviews with industry bible Variety calling it ‘Instantly lovable…beautifully performed, warm yet melancholic’, The Irish Times calling it ‘Triumphant’ and The Sunday Times describing it as “fresh, irreverent, fun and gloriously real.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is Darren Thornton’s debut feature film following his hugely acclaimed short film Frankie and IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug.

Speaking on the selection, director Thornton commented that “I’m absolutely thrilled that A date for Mad Mary has been accepted at the London Film Festival, especially being selected to screen in competition. We’ve been looking forward to sharing the film with British audiences and to be having our first screenings at a festival as well regarded as LFF is really wonderful.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is directed by Darren Thornton , written by Darren and Colin Thornton and produced by Ed Guiney (The Guard, The Lobster, Room) and Juliette Bonass (Get Up & Go, Glassland). The film is financed by the Irish Film Board, BAI and TV3

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is released in cinemas across Ireland tomorrow September 2nd

New Clip ‘Bridal Shop’ from the film featuring Seána Kerslake, Charleigh Bailey and  Siobhán Shanahan can be downloaded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmtBhx5_QF4 or from our media page http://elementpictures.ie/media/adateformadmary/

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A DATE FOR MAD MARY RECEIVES IRISH PREMIERE AT GALWAY FILM FLEADH THIS JULY

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that Darren Thornton’s A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its Irish Premiere this July as part of the 28th Galway Film Fleadh with an Irish release following on September 2nd.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is Thornton’s debut feature film following his hugely acclaimed short film Frankie and IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug.

Director Thornton commented “I’m delighted to be presenting A DATE FOR MAD MARY at the Galway Film Fleadh. My first experience of a film festival was Galway, back when my short film Frankie screened there in 2007. It was an amazing experience and it’s exciting to be coming back this year with a feature film, it’s sure to be a great launch for the film before it opens across Ireland in September.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is directed by Darren Thornton , written by Darren and Colin Thornton and produced by Ed Guiney (The Guard, The Lobster, Room) and Juliette Bonass (Get Up & Go, Glassland). The film is financed by the Irish Film Board, BAI and TV3.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its world premiere at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRE MOM AND ME

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they have acquired the Irish & UK rights to Ken Wardrop’s MOM AND ME. Ken and Element previously worked together on the release of the critically acclaimed and box-office hit His & Hers in 2010 which remains the highest-grossing Irish documentary of all time.

Speaking on the upcoming release, Director Ken Wardrop commented that “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to once again be working with Element Distribution. We had an incredible journey with His & Hers and I’m hopeful that MOM AND ME will similarly capture the hearts of Irish audiences.”

MOM AND ME premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews with The Guardian awarding the film 4 **** calling it ‘A devastating study of motherly love in US’s manliest state” and its also nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2016 IFTA’s.

With MOM AND ME, Wardrop weaves an exquisitely sympathetic portrait of what mothers mean to their sons in this charming and touching film, showing a vulnerable side of American masculinity that viewers rarely see. These Oklahoma men come from all walks of life, ranging from a war veteran and a prison inmate to a cowboy preacher and a district attorney. Their mothers are just as complicated: spunky, resilient, demanding, generous, and iconoclastic. As these mothers and sons ride horses, shoot guns, and discuss their deepest feelings, Wardrop’s compassionate observation reveals the universality that underlies this most particular relationship.

MOM AND ME is directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman with backing from The Irish Film Board.

Irish audiences will have the opportunity to view MOM AND ME this summer in cinemas and on-demand.

#MomandMe

MULTIPLE IFTA NOMINATIONS FOR ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION

Monday March 14, 2016 – Element Pictures’ ROOM is up for an incredible eight awards at the 2016 IFTA’s including best film, best director and best script. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are also nominated for best international actress and best international actor respectively. Other nominations for ROOM include original music, editing & cinematography.

ROOM also swept the boards at the Canadian Screen Awards last night, as it nabbed nine prizes on the night including best film, director for Lenny Abrahamson, adapted screenplay for Emma Donoghue, best actor for Jacob Tremblay, actress for Brie Larson and best supporting actress for Joan Allen. ROOM also won awards in the art direction and make-up categories.

ROOM Producer Ed Guiney commented “We are delighted with these nominations and wins, it is very gratifying to get this recognition at home and also in Canada where we filmed ROOM for the amazing work of Lenny, Emma and our brilliant cast and crew.”

Other IFTA nominations for Element Pictures Distribution include Colin Farrell’s performance as ‘David’ in THE LOBSTER and also OLDER THAN IRELAND’S nomination for best feature documentary.

The 2016 IFTA awards will take place on April 9th in The Mansion House in Dublin.

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION SCOOPS VARIOUS AWARDS AT SATURDAY NIGHTS IFTAS

Element Pictures Distribution were delighted that four of its titles won at Saturday night’s IFTAS.  MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD picked up The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award. MEA MAXIMA CULPA will be released in selected Irish Cinemas on February 22nd and is playing at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on Friday February 18th.

Ruth Bradley scooped the IFTA for her lead performance in monster movie GRABBERS and The Irish Film Board Rising Star Award on the night went to Gerard Barrett who was the writer, director, editor and producer for feature film PILGRIM HILL.  EPD will release PILGRIM HILL on April 12th.

The big winner at tonight’s 10th IFTA awards was undoubtedly Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures WHAT RICHARD DID which picked up five top awards  including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Script.

Commenting on the awards Andrew Lowe said “We are delighted with the success of WHAT RICHARD DID at tonight’s awards.  We are equally pleased about the other awards picked up by the strong selection of Irish films that we are proud to distribute in Ireland”

WHAT RICHARD DID WINS BIG AT THE IFTA AWARDS

The big winner at tonight’s 10th IFTA awards was undoubtedly Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures WHAT RICHARD DID which picked up five awards including the top awards for best film, best director, best actor and best script.

The Best Film award for WHAT RICHARD DID means that Element Pictures have won 5 Best Film awards in the 10 years the IFTAs have been running.*

WHAT RICHARD DID features an ensemble of young Irish actors including Jack Reynor, Sam Keeley and Róisín Murphy as well as established talent including Lorraine Pilkington and Lars Mikkelsen (star of the Danish hit series, THE KILLING).

Adapted from Kevin Power’s novel BAD DAY IN BLACKROCK and written by Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS), who recently picked up the Best Screenplay Award at Evening Standard British Film Awards, WHAT RICHARD DID is the third film from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes GARAGE and ADAM & PAUL. He is currently in production on FRANK which stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Speaking from the awards ceremony director Lenny Abrahamson commented on the win, saying that ”I am absolutely delighted for everyone involved in what has been an incredible year for the film. WHAT RICHARD DID was an exceptional collaborative process and it’s great to see so many diverse talents recognized tonight”.

Leading actor in the film Jack Reynor also picked up the award for BEST ACTOR against stiff competition. Jack has just secured a lead role in the upcoming TRANSFORMERS franchise which will hit the silver screen in 2014.

Speaking on his wins Jack expressed his ” Thanks to IFTA for the acknowledgement, to the amazing cast, our brilliant director Lenny Abrahamson, our producers Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, and our writer Malcolm Campbell. It’s a huge honour to be nominated in a category with such gifted and revered actors. I’m thrilled to have even been considered.’

Producer Ed Guiney added “This is Elements fifth Best Film award in the ten years that the IFTAs have been going and we could not be more pleased that it’s for WHAT RICHARD DID. From its inception WHAT RICHARD DID has been a dream project to work on. It’s wonderful that IFTA have recognized the brilliant work of Lenny, Malcolm, Jack and the rest of the cast and crew as well as the team at Element with these awards.”

Commenting on the awards Andrew Lowe said “We are delighted for Lenny, Malcolm, Jack, and the whole WHAT RICHARD DID team for tonight’s awards. In addition to being the highest grossing Irish film at the Irish Box Office in 2012, WHAT RICHARD DID has gone on to be warmly received by international festivals, critics and audiences alike, which is particularly gratifying. We are indebted to the Irish Film Board who helped us get the film made, and to our team at Element who have worked tirelessly on making and releasing WHAT RICHARD DID in Ireland.”

WHAT RICHARD DID is now available on DVD and On-Demand.

WHAT RICHARD DID RECEIVES 10 IFTA NOMINATIONS

Element Pictures is delighted with the news today that Lenny Abrahamson’sWHAT RICHARD DID has received an incredible ten nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television (IFTA) awards.  This follows on from the announcement earlier this month that WHAT RICHARD DID was long-listed in three categories for the London Evening Standard British Film Awards (Film of The Year, Best Screen Play, Most Promising Newcomer).

WHAT RICHARD DID has been nominated by IFTA members in the following categories:

  • Best Film: Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
  • Best Script: Malcolm Campbell
  • Best Director: Lenny Abrahamson
  • Best Actor: Jack Reynor
  • Best Actress: Roisin Murphy
  • Best Supporting Actress: Gabrielle Reidy
  • Director of Photography: David Grennan
  • Editing Film/Drama: Nathan Nugent
  • Original Score: Stephen Rennicks
  • Sound Film/Drama: Paddy Hanlon, Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady

Director, Lenny Abrahamson said today that “It’s a really great conclusion to the Irish life of the film to have it nominated in so many categories. It’s a real testament to the quality of the people I worked with on this film“.

Producer Ed Guiney got the great news about the IFTA nominations while in the desert of New Mexico where shooting is underway on Lenny’s new film FRANKwith Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal “WHAT RICHARD DID is our third collaboration with Lenny and we are so pleased that his brilliant work as well as Malcolm Campbell’s great script and our wonderful cast and crew have been recognized in this way.”

WHAT RICHARD DID was the best performing Irish film in the Irish box-office in 2012 and received huge praise from critics and audiences alike both here and internationally.

The most important Irish Film of this Century” – The Irish Times

Superb. Disturbingly Good” – The Evening Standard

The 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place in Dublin on Saturday 9th of February 2013, broadcasting on RTÉ One at 9.30pm