OLIVIA COLMAN REIGNS AS THE FAVOURITE AT THE OSCARS

Monday February 25th 2019: Element Pictures are delighted that Olivia Colman received the award for Best Actress at the 91st Academy Awards for her portrayal of Queen Anne in THE FAVOURITE. 

 

Speaking on the win, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe commented “ we are so delighted for Olivia, such a richly deserved award! The love for the film from audiences and critics alike worldwide has been gratifying and we are indebted to Yorgos for making a film we can all be so proud of. Long live the Queen!”

 

THE FAVOURITE has been a hit at the box-office since its premiere in Venice last August, with its current US box-office at over $30 million. In receiving 10 Academy Award nominations, THE FAVOURITE is the most nominated Irish film in the history of the Oscars.

 

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 is currently playing in Irish cinemas, released 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.

IRISH PRODUCTION ‘THE FAVOURITE’ RECEIVES TEN ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATIONS

Tuesday January 22 2019: There was much to celebrate in Element Picture’s Dublin offices today as their latest film THE FAVOURITE was nominated for an incredible ten Academy Awards®. Following her Golden Globe win, lead actress Olivia Colman continues to impress with another nomination with best supporting actress noms for both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.  Irishman Robbie Ryan was honoured with a nomination for cinematography and Yorgos Lanthimos is up for best director.

 

THE FAVOURITE also secured a nomination in the hotly-contested best picture category. This is Element Picture’s second best picture nomination at the Oscars, following their ROOM nomination 3 years ago. Element Pictures is the only Irish company to ever have secured two best picture nominations and with 10 nominations for THE FAVOUIRTE  it is now the most nominated Irish film ever at the Oscars.

 

Other nominations were Original Screenplay for Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara ,Production Design for Fiona Crombie and Alice Fenton, Film Editing for Yorgos Mavropsaridi and Costume Design for Sandy Powell.

 

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe commented “We are in LA and jet lagged so we were wide awake and ready to watch the awards at whatever ungodly hour it was. Its incredible to get this recognition – maybe because the film has been so challenging to pull together over such a long time its all the sweeter. Huge congratulations to all the nominees and we are especially delighted that Yorgos got the nod for director – more than with most movies, its all down to him. We are dying to get back to Dublin to celebrate with our gang at Element who have all been such brilliant fellow travellers on the journey. And of course huge gratitude to Fox Searchlight, Film4 and Waypoint.”

 

 

The 91st Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

 

THE FAVOURITE has been a critical and box-office hit since it premiered on the Lido in Venice last August where it scooped the Grand Jury Prize and Olivia Colman won Best Actress. In December the film dominated the BIFA’s (British Independent Film Awards) with a record-breaking 10 awards on the night and is currently a box-office smash in the US grossing over $22m to date. The film opened in Ireland and the UK on January first and went straight to No2 in the box office that day.

 

 

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 is currently playing in Irish cinemas, released 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.

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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