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ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE 2017 IFTAS

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE 2017 IFTAS

Saturday April 08 2017
Element Pictures Distribution were delighted that three of its titles won at Saturday night’s IFTAS. A DATE FOR MAD MARY picked up two awards for Best Film & Best Supporting Actress (Charleigh Bailey).

Director Darren Thornton commented:
“Making ‘Mad Mary’ was a fantastic experience from start to finish. I was blessed to be working with an incredible cast and crew and with element pictures, the finest production company in the country. I’m hugely indebted to our producers Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Juliette Bonass and Emma Norton for their wisdom and support all the way through making the film. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and I’m excited to see how the journey continues as the film starts to open in other territories around the world.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle, who returns 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. ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.
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.

In a joint statement, Element Pictures Producers Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe commented that “All of us at Element Pictures are so proud and delighted that A DATE FOR MAD MARY has been honoured with the wins for Best Film and Best Supporting Actress. It has been amazing collaborating with Darren, Colin and Juliette and the brilliant cast and crew. And it’s a wonderful testament to their talent and artistry.”

Other Element Pictures Distribution titles that picked up IFTAs were TOMATO RED, which won for Best Sound and MATTRESS MEN won the George Morrison Feature Documentary award.

The 2017 IFTA awards took place tonight in The Mansion House in Dublin and were hosted by Deirdre O’Kane.

Element Pictures Distribution
Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland’s leading independent film distribution company Element Pictures Distribution, handling StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Notable releases include Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Oscar winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office. In 2011, EPD released The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), which became one of the highest grossing independent Irish films of all time, with a cumulative box office of €4m+. Recent releases include Paddy Breathnach’s acclaimed VIVA, Siege of Jadotville starring Jamie Dornan and box-office hit A Date for Mad Mary. Additionally, Element Pictures operates an online video on demand platform, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland’s leading independent film distribution company Element Pictures Distribution, handling StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Notable releases include Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Oscar winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office. In 2011, EPD released The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), which became one of the highest grossing independent Irish films of all time, with a cumulative box office of €4m+. Recent releases include Paddy Breathnach’s acclaimed VIVA, Siege of Jadotville starring Jamie Dornan and box-office hit A Date for Mad Mary. Additionally, Element Pictures operates an online video on demand platform, Volta.ie and also runs and operates the Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house cinemas.

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.

MATTRESS MEN GOES ON-DEMAND ON VIRGIN MEDIA FROM OCTOBER 7th

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.

MATTRESS MEN RELEASED IN CINEMAS AND ON-DEMAND FROM OCTOBER 7th

Following acclaimed international festival screenings at Hot Docs in Toronto and the Sheffield Documentary Festival, Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they will release the hotly- anticipated  MATTRESS  MEN in Cinemas and On- Demand from October 7th.

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.

Speaking on the release, Director Colm Quinn said “It’s fantastic to be working with Element Pictures Distribution on bringing Mattress Men to Irish cinemas and on-demand. Mick and Paul’s story has really struck a chord at international festivals and we’re very hopeful it’ll do the same at home”

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

 

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Element Pictures Distribution

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland’s leading independent film distribution company Element Pictures Distribution, handling StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Recent  releases include Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Oscar winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office. Other recent releases include Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes and Alex Fegan’s award winning documentary Older Than Ireland. Other EPD titles include Sundance Winner His & Hers, Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did and Gerard Barrett’s Pilgrim Hill. In 2011, EPD released The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), which became one of the highest grossing independent Irish films of all time, with a cumulative box office of €4m+. Other notable releases include the award-winning Garage, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing, Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The PlaceFrank, starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall. Element Pictures also operates an online video on demand platform, Volta.ie which focuses on the best of Irish and international films. Additionally, Element runs and operates the Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house cinemas.