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.


Element Pictures Distribution is thrilled with the news that WHAT RICHARD DID picked up Best Screenplay at last night’s Evening Standard Film Awards, which attracts high-profile guests from the worlds of stage and screen.

Speaking on his win, writer Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS) is “really chuffed …. working with Lenny and that amazing cast was such a lovely experience. For the film to have been so well-received in the UK and in Ireland is amazing and way beyond my expectations. It was such a surprise and to receive the award from Jack made it even more special”

Campbell is also up for an award at this year’s IFTA’s along with another 10 nominations for WHAT RICHARD DID, including Best Director, Best Film and Best Actor. Jack Reynor, who recently landed a leading role in Transformers 4 is also nominated in the Rising Star category.

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.

IRISH DVD and On-Demand Release for WHAT RICHARD DID on Feb 8


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


Volta, the Irish owned and operated video on demand service for Irish and international independent film, took home the award for Best eCommerce/Services website at the Realex Payments Irish Web Awards. The awards ceremony took place in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin. Volta was also nominated in the Best Entertainment Website category.

Coming a month after the launch of its Facebook App, the award was accepted on the night by Tom Lawlor, Marketing Manager for Volta, who said “We’re delighted to win this award in our first year of operation and would like to thank the Web Awards judges for nominating Volta in both categories. I would also like to thank the Irish Film Board, MEDIA, all our content partners and most importantly, our customers over the last year”.

Andrew Lowe, Director of Element Pictures / Volta said, “I am so grateful to all of the Irish Web Awards judging panel for this award which acknowledges the extraordinary effort and commitment of the Volta team to deliver a truly innovative and world class service to our Irish customers”.

Over 600 nominations were submitted for the awards, and Volta was one of 8 finalists in its winning category, competing against such sites as entertainment.ie, DoneDeal.ie and hairybaby.com. Judged by 100+ members of the Irish web community, The Realex Payments Irish Web Awards are held annually to recognise people who do great things on the web.