Element Pictures are thrilled with this morning’s announcement that Frank has received an incredible five nominations for this year’s British Independent Film awards.

Created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove, The British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded filmmaking.

Frank has been nominated in the following categories

Best Director – Lenny Abrahamson

Best Screenplay – Jon Ronson & Peter Straughan

Best Supporting Actor – Michael Fassbender

Best Supporting Actress – Maggie Gyllenhaal

Technical Achievement – Music (Stephen Rennicks)

Frank follows wannabe musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Frank was released in Ireland & the UK earlier this year to both critical & commercial acclaim with Indiewire describing the film as “a terrific and sublime experience” with The Guardian saying “it is something rather exceptional.”

Speaking today, Abrahamson commented that “I’m delighted for everyone involved in Frank that it’s getting such an endorsement from the BIFA and honored to be nominated for Best Director.”

Producers are Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee. Executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler and Andrew Lowe. Financiers are Film4, the BFI and The Irish Film Board.

The winners will be announced at the much anticipated 17th awards ceremony to be held on Sunday 7th December in central London.

To date Frank has sold to UK (Artificial Eye), USA (Magnolia), Canada (Magnolia/VSC), Korea (JinJin), Japan (Nettai Museum), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Italy (I Wonder), Scandinavia (Non Stop),  Benelux (Wild Bunch), CIS (Cinema Prestige), Portugal (Lusomundo), Turkey (Bir Film), Israel (Lev Film), Poland (Gutek Film), Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia (ACFK/Mozinet), Belgium & Netherlands (WildBunch), France (KMBO), Spain (Alimpro), Middle East (Front Row) and Singapore (PT Parkit).

Frank is currently available on DVD and On-Demand.


Following on from its world premiere, US distribution deal and huge critical acclaim last month at the Sundance Film Festival, FRANK is now Austin-bound to play at the visionary SXSW festival in March.

FRANK will screen as part of the Festival Favorites strand, which showcases acclaimed standouts and previous premieres. The South by SouthWest Festival (SXSW) presents the best in new independent music and film every year in Austin, Texas.  It  is now considered the destination for the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams of.

FRANK is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

“A faceless Michael Fassbender stars in this weird and wonderful musical comedy from director Lenny Abrahamson” – Variety
“Fassbender delivers moments of heart-breaking fragility” – Time Out, London
“One of the more tantalizing offerings at this year’s Sundance Film Festival” – New York Post
“Totally unique and funny” – Total Film
“One of my favorite films of Sundance” – Rolling Stone

The film is directed by Ireland’s critically acclaimed Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did).  FRANK is written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats). FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.    The director of photography is James Mather (Adam & Paul), production designer Richard Bullock (StreetDance 3D, Spike Island). Music is by regular Abrahamson collaborator, Stephen Rennicks.

FRANK was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. FRANK is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board. FRANK was filmed in Ireland and the USA and utilised the tax incentive Section 481 in addition to Irish Film Board investment.

FRANK will be released in Ireland May 2014


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”


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, and 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.