Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they will release new Irish thriller TRADERS on March 11th. TRADERS is written and directed by Rachael Moriarty & Peter Murphy and stars Killian Scott (Love/Hate, Calvary, ’71), John Bradley (Game of Thrones, Shameless), Nika McGuigan (The Secret Scripture, Mammal), Peter O’Meara ( Love/Hate, Charlie) & Barry Keoghan (’71, Mammal).

Harry Fox (Killian Scott, Love/Hate) seems to have it all, the luxury apartment, the fancy car, but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (John Bradley, Game of Thrones) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, and put their entire worth in cash into a green sports bag. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes Trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of such a high risk gamble? It’s dangerous. It’s illegal. But it could solve all his problems.

Speaking on the release, co-directors Peter and Rachael commented that “We are delighted that Element Pictures are releasing Traders and Irish audiences will get a chance to enjoy the film on the big screen. They’ve released some of our favourite Irish films in the past few years, so it’s a real thrill for us that they’re distributing our first film.”

Coco’s Stuart Switzer (Elisa Lynch: Queen of Paraguay, 1916: The Irish Rebellion) produced TRADERS with Libby Durdy (The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, This is England ’88) and Rachel Lysaght (One Million Dubliners). Executive Producers are Paul Higgins (Submarine) and Linda Cullen (1916: The Irish Rebellion, Killers). Finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board, with Rory Gilmartin serving as the IFB’s development executive for the film.

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Element Pictures lead the IFTA race with twenty-one nominations in total.
To date, Element Pictures has won 5 Best Film awards at the IFTAS.

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Lenny Abrahamson’s FRANK is up for an incredible nine awards on the night including Best Film & Best Director. Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson are up for Best Actor in a Lead Role & Best Supporting Actor respectively. Other nominations for FRANK include Score, Editing & Cinematography.

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GLASSLAND, which was released 2 weeks ago to huge critical acclaim, has received a total of six nominations including Best Film, Best Director & Best Script for Gerard Barrett and Actor in a Lead Role for Jack Reynor. Other nominations for GLASSLAND include international actress for Toni Collette & Cinematography.

Jimmys Hall - Written by Paul Laverty, Directed by Ken Loach, Produced by Rebecca O'Brien

Jimmys Hall – Written by Paul Laverty, Directed by Ken Loach, Produced by Rebecca O’Brien

Ken Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL also received nods for Best Actress for Simone Kirby and Costume Design for Eimear Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh.


CHARLIE which screened as a three-part series on RTE1 in January this year is up for three awards including Best Drama, Actor in a Lead Role in Drama for Aidan Gillen & Script for Colin Teevan, while RIPPER STREET is up for Hair & Make-up.

Producer Ed Guiney commenting on the nominations said “It’s brilliant to see so many nominations for our productions and is a testament to the wonderful talent we have been lucky enough to work with – on both sides of the camera.”

The 2015 IFTA’s will be held on Sunday May 24th in Dublin.