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.