The big winner at tonight’s  IFTA awards was undoubtedly Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures’ ROOM which picked up an incredible seven awards including the top awards for best film, best director, best screenplay, best score and best editing. ROOM also picked up awards for Best Sound and Best International Actress for Brie Larson. 

The Best Film award for ROOM means that Element Pictures have won 6 Best Film awards in the 13 years the IFTA’s have been running.

Director Lenny Abrahamson commented “It’s an honour to win the IFTA this year particularly given the quality of the other films in contention, and the calibre of the directors who were nominated with me. It’s an award for the incredible people I was lucky enough to work with; Emma Donoghue – whose extraordinary novel is the beginning and end of this, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe and the whole team at Element Pictures and Distribution, and for my long time collaborators Stephen Rennicks, Nathan Nugent, Niall Brady, Steve Fanagan and Gary Curran … there’s a long list of Irish talent in involved in the film. And none of this would have been possible without the continued support and faith of the Irish Film Board. “

In a joint statement, Element Pictures Producers Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe commented that “We are truly delighted to win these awards. It’s a huge testament to the amazing talent involved led by the incredible Lenny Abrahamson and including our amazing writer Emma Donoghue as well as our brilliant cast including Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.  We also had an amazing crew including some very gifted Irish talent including Nathan Nugent, Stephen Rennicks, the sound post team at Ardmore/Screenscene and the picture post team at Outer Limits. We are also very grateful to the team at Element who have been with us at every step of the journey from developing to script to releasing it so successfully with Studio Canal. Huge thanks also to the Irish Film Board and Film4 who have been with us from the inception of the project.”

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison.  Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

Other IFTA wins for Element Pictures Distribution are Ken Wardrop’s win for his feature Documentary Mom And Me which will be released later this year.


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