IRISH PRODUCTION ‘THE FAVOURITE’ LANDS FIVE GOLDEN GLOBE NOMS

Element Pictures’ Production THE FAVOURITE continues on its award path with Golden Globe® nominations across five leading categories including Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay and a Best Actress nomination for Olivia Colman in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress noms for both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

This follows Golden Globe nominations for previous Element productions including THE GUARD, ROOM and THE LOBSTER.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe commented ‘These nominations are a brilliant tribute to the team behind THE FAVOURITE including our director Yorgos Lanthimos and our incredible cast and crew. They  will also really help spur the positive box office in the US and beyond.

THE FAVOURITE has been a critical and festival hit since it premiered on the Lido in Venice in August where it scooped the Grand Jury Prize and Olivia Colman won Best Actress. Last  weekend the film dominated the BIFA’s (British Independent Film Awards) with a record-breaking 10 awards on the night. It is currently performing strongly at the US box office where it had the highest per screen average on its opening weekend  since LA LA LAND, two years ago.

These nominations come on the back of rave reviews from US press including The New York Times  (‘wildly entertaining’), USA Today (‘an abundantly entertaining gem’), The Los Angeles Times (‘a devious delight’), The Wall Street Journal (‘sizzling hot’) and Rolling Stone (‘a bawdy, brilliant triumph’).

THE FAVOURITE stars Olivia Colman and Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone and marks the third collaboration between Element Pictures and director Yorgos Lanthimos following award-winning films THE LOBSTER and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER.

The film was shot by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan and was partly post produced in Dublin. It will be released in Ireland in January 2019 through Fox Searchlight.

THE FAVOURITE is written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and is produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures. Other producers include Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos. The film is an Element Pictures/Scarlet Films production for Fox Searchlight, Film4 and Waypoint.

The 76th annual Golden Globe® awards will take place on, January 6th 2019 .

 

THE FAVOURITE RULES AT 2018 BIFA’S

IRISH PRODUCTION ‘THE FAVOURITE’ RULES AT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

Element Pictures had much to celebrate last night at the Old Billingsgate in London where Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE sweeped the boards and picked up a record-breaking 10 wins at the British Independent Film awards.

The Irish produced film scooped some of the major awards including the night’s main prize, best British Independent Film, as well as Best Director for Lanthimos and best Screenplay for writers Deborah Davis and Tony Mcnamara. Following her win at Venice, Olivia Colman picked up the award for Best Actress with her co-star Rachel Weisz winning best-supporting actress.

These awards for THE FAVOURITE comes on the back of rave reviews from US press including The New York Times (‘wildly entertaining’), USA Today (‘an abundantly entertaining gem’), The Los Angeles Times (‘a devious delight’), The Wall Street Journal (‘sizzling hot’) and Rolling Stone (‘a bawdy, brilliant triumph’).

The Favourite currently has a 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes and is being hotly tipped for Oscars.

Commenting on last night’s wins, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney said “I’m thrilled for all involved in THE FAVOURITE, we had a wonderful cast and crew who worked on this film led by visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos and we’re all hugely grateful to BIFA for this massive recognition. “

Other wins on the night for THE FAVOURITE were best casting for Dixie Chassay, best cinematography for Robbie Ryan, best costume design for Sandy Powell, best makeup and hair design for Nadia Stacey and best production design for Fiona Crombie.

Alessandro Nivola picked up an award for best-supporting actor for his role in Sebastian Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE, also produced by Element Pictures.

THE FAVOURITE will be released in Ireland on January 1st through Fox Searchlight and DISOBEDIENCE is in cinemas now.

THE FAVOURITE stars Olivia Colman and Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone and marks the third collaboration between Element Pictures and director Lanthimos following award-winning films THE LOBSTER and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. The film was shot by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan and partly post-produced in Dublin. Element’s previous productions include the Oscar-winning ROOM and THE GUARD.

THE FAVOURITE is written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and is produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures. Other producers include Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos. The film is an Element Pictures/Scarlet Films production for Fox Searchlight, Film4, and Waypoint.

Element Pictures’ THE FAVOURITE Leads British Independent Film Awards 2018 Nominations

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Element Pictures celebrate with an incredible 18 nominations for this year’s British Independent  Film awards  for Yorgos Lanthimos’  THE FAVOURITE and  Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE.

 

THE FAVOURITE leads the race with 13 noms including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. This follows major wins at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year for the much lauded film where it scooped the Grand Jury Prize and also for Olivia Colman who won Best Actress.  The BIFA noms position THE FAVOURITE perfectly before its North American release later this month through Fox Searchlight with an Irish release set for January 1st.

 

Recent Fox Searchlight releases include last year’s Oscar winners, THE SHAPE OF WATER and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI.

 

THE FAVOURITE stars Olivia Colman and Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone and marks the third collaboration between Element Pictures and visionary director Lanthimos following award-winning films THE LOBSTER and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER.

 

DISOBEDIENCE lands 5 noms at this years BIFA’s including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor.

Sebastián Lelio’s romantic drama stars Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. DISOBEDIENCE hits Irish cinemas later this year.

THE FAVOURITE has been nominated in the following categories

 

  • Best British Independent Film Yorgos Lanthimos, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday
  • Best Director – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Best Screenplay – Deborah Davis, Tony Mcnamara
  • Best Actress – Olivia Colman
  • Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
  • Best Casting – Dixie Chassay
  • Best Cinematography – Robbie Ryan
  • Best Costume Design – Sandy Powell
  • Best Editing – Yorgos Mavropsaridi
  • Best Sound- Johnnie Burn
  • Best Production Design- Fiona Crombie
  • Best Make-Up & Hair Design- Nadia Stacey

 

DISOBEDIENCE has been nominated in the following categories

 

  • Best Actress- Rachel Weisz
  • Best Supporting Actress- Rachel McAdams
  • Best Supporting Actor- Allessandro Nivola
  • Best Screenplay- Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
  • Best British Independent Film- Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Ed Guiney, Frida Torresblanco, Rachel Weisz

 

The winners will be announced at the much anticipated awards ceremony to be held on Sunday December 2nd in central London.

 

THE FAVOURITE is written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and is produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures. Other producers include Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos. The film is an Element Pictures/Scarlet Films production for Fox Searchlight, Film4 and Waypoint.

MULTIPLE IFTA NOMINATIONS FOR ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION

Following raves, Barry Keoghan is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Element Pictures’ produced THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER along with Colin Farrell who has been nominated for Lead Actor in Lanthimos’ Cannes winning triumph. Nicole Kidman also gets the nod in the International Actress category and the film is also nominated for Best Film. To date, Element Pictures has won 7 Best Film awards at the IFTAS.

Commenting on the nominations, Producer Ed Guiney said, “It’s brilliant to see so many nominations for Yorgos’ wonderful film and delighted that Barry and Colin are recognised for their work by the Irish Film Industry. Congratulations also to the other Element Pictures Distribution nominees. It has been a great year for Irish film and it’s certainly reflected in the wealth of talent we have seen nominated!”

Other IFTA nominations for Element Pictures Distribution include THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER, which was nominated for 4 awards – Supporting Actress for Niamh Algar, Supporting Actor for Jacob McCarthy, Best Script for Nick Kelly along with Best Original Score for John Gerard Walsh.  HALAL DADDY was awarded 2 nominations for Sarah Bolger in the Best Actress category and Deirdre O’Kane for Best Supporting Actress.

The 2018 IFTAs will be held on February 15th.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER RECEIVES TWO FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

Element Pictures production THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER receives two nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which recognises uniqueness of vision and innovation in visual storytelling. Dublin actor Barry Keoghan is up for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the sinister teenage boy Martin in Yorgos Lanthimos’ critically acclaimed film, while Thimios Bakatakis gets the nod for Best Cinematographer.

The awards will take place in LA on March 3 hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney for a second year in a row.

Speaking on the nominations, Producer Ed Guiney commented “Delighted for both Barry and Thomas that their incredible work on this film is being recognised, it’s hugely deserved and a credit to Yorgos and the entire film-making team.”

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER currently grosses just under 200k at the Irish box-office, this impressive result signifies Yorgos Lanthimos’ most successful opening film in Ireland ever. In the US, the film continues its success story grossing over 2 million dollars after five weeks on screen. The Cannes winning film will continue to be released across the globe in the coming months.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and Dunkirk), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland), Sunny Suljic (The Unspoken), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (The Lobster, Room, A Date for Mad Mary). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor.

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THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER WINS BEST FEATURE FILM AT THE 2017 IRISH FILM LONDON AWARDS.

THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER wins Best Feature Film at the 2017 Irish Film London Awards.  Jacob McCarthy also took home the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting, beating off stiff competition from Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Ann Skelly.

THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER will screen on Wednesday the 29th of November as part of the Irish Film Festival London.

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board. The film premiered at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, taking home the award for Best First Irish Feature.

The film stars a collection of talented Irish actors including Dermot Murphy (CLEAN BREAK, RAW), Charlie Kelly (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, JADOTVILLE), Peter Coonan (WHAT RICHARD DID, LOVE/HATE), Aoibhinn McGinnity (MOONE BOY, QUIRKE, LOVE/HATE), Annie Ryan (FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, LAWS OF ATTRACTION), Niamh Algar (WITHOUT NAME) and Jacob Mc Carthy.

THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.

THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER is out now on DVD & On Demand.

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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER NOMINATED IN EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER lands three nominations at this year’s European Film Awards, which honours the greatest achievements in European Cinema.  Director Yorgos Lanthimos is nominated for best director aswell as European screenwriter along with Efthimis Filippou, while Colin Farrell is nominated for Best Actor.

The nominations follow a fantastic US opening, already grossing $625k. The Cannes winning film opened across the UK and Ireland this weekend following raves from both the media and cinema-goers alike. It will be released across the world in the coming months.

Speaking on the nominations, producer Ed Guiney commented “ I’m delighted for everyone involved in THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER that it’s getting such an endorsement from the European Film Awards, it’s a real honour.”

Guiney was previously the recipient of the European co-production award – Prix Eurimages. The winners will be announced on at the 30th European Film Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 9 December, in Berlin.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. 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 takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and Dunkirk), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland), Sunny Suljic (The Unspoken), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (The Lobster, Room, A Date for Mad Mary). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor.

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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’S YORGOS LANTHIMOS AND EFTHYMIS FILIPPOU WIN BEST SCREENPLAY AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Yorgos Lanthimos and  Efthymis Filippou have picked up the award for Best Screenplay at the closing ceremony of the 70th Cannes Film Festival for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. The award was shared with Lynne Ramsay’s YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE.

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER marks Element Pictures seventh production or co-production in official selection at Cannes in recent years and its fourth win with Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER winning The Jury Prize in 2015, Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY taking home the Palme d’Or in 2006 and Lenny Abrahamson’s  GARAGE winning the CICAE Prize at Directors’ Fortnight in 2007.

 

Speaking from Cannes, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented that “All of us at Element are absolutely delighted with the script prize for Efthymis and Yorgos. Yorgos has made a masterful signature film which will enthrall audiences around the world. We are very grateful to all of our financiers including Film4, New Sparta, Hanway and the Irish Film Board”

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (THE LOBSTER, ROOM, A DATE FOR MAD MARY). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. 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 takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).

 

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.

 

THE LOBSTER won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 and was recently nominated for an Academy Award ® for Best Original Screenplay. DOGTOOTH, another of Lanthimos’ projects, won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, later receiving an Academy Award ® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

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.