Element Pictures Distribution are thrilled to announce that they have secured the Irish and UK rights to Treasure Entertainment’s  new Irish comedy THE FLAG  with a cinema release set for October 14th.

THE FLAG tells the story of Harry Hambridge (Pat Shortt ) who is a down-on-his-luck paddy living in London. In one day he loses his job, father and beloved pet hamster, Mouse. On returning home to bury his father, he finds a statement from his Grandfather, claiming that it was he who raised the flag over the GPO during the 1916 Rising, which now hangs upside-down in an army barracks in England. Too long used to the mockery of his life, he sets out with his motley crew to find that fecking flag and maybe his passion for life along the way.

THE FLAG has a stellar line-up of Irish acting talent which also including Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day, Vikings) Ruth Bradley (Rebellion, Love/Hate ) and Brian Gleeson (Rebellion, Tiger Raid ). It’s directed by Declan Recks and written by Eugene O’Brien who previously worked together on Pure Mule and Eden.

The Flag is produced by Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan from Treasure Entertainment and is backed by The Irish Film Board, BAI and RTE.


A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

Instantly lovable…beautifully performed, warm yet melancholic– Variety

Seána Kerslake is incandescent…triumphant ….a contemporary character study of some genius- Irish Times



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Following acclaimed international festival screenings at Hot Docs in Toronto and the Sheffield Documentary Festival, Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they will release the hotly- anticipated  MATTRESS  MEN in Cinemas and On- Demand from October 7th.

In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Paul, burdened with debts and living with his family in inner city Dublin yearns to get a full time contract working with Mick. Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Will Paul be successful in his endeavours? And will Mick finally overcome the challenges in their friendship and recognise the hard work and good intentions of his long-time friend? MATTRESS MEN is a bittersweet and moving tale of friendship and the struggles of two men that is sure to delight audiences everywhere.

Speaking on the release, Director Colm Quinn said “It’s fantastic to be working with Element Pictures Distribution on bringing Mattress Men to Irish cinemas and on-demand. Mick and Paul’s story has really struck a chord at international festivals and we’re very hopeful it’ll do the same at home”

MATTRESS MEN is directed by Colm Quinn and produced by Ciaran Deeney and David Clarke with funding from the Irish Film Board.




Element Pictures Distribution

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland’s leading independent film distribution company Element Pictures Distribution, handling StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Recent  releases include Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Oscar winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office. Other recent releases include Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes and Alex Fegan’s award winning documentary Older Than Ireland. Other EPD titles include Sundance Winner His & Hers, Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did and Gerard Barrett’s Pilgrim Hill. In 2011, EPD released The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), which became one of the highest grossing independent Irish films of all time, with a cumulative box office of €4m+. Other notable releases include the award-winning Garage, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing, Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The PlaceFrank, starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall. Element Pictures also operates an online video on demand platform, which focuses on the best of Irish and international films. Additionally, Element runs and operates the Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house cinemas.









Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that Darren Thornton’s A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its Irish Premiere this July as part of the 28th Galway Film Fleadh with an Irish release following on September 2nd.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is Thornton’s debut feature film following his hugely acclaimed short film Frankie and IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug.

Director Thornton commented “I’m delighted to be presenting A DATE FOR MAD MARY at the Galway Film Fleadh. My first experience of a film festival was Galway, back when my short film Frankie screened there in 2007. It was an amazing experience and it’s exciting to be coming back this year with a feature film, it’s sure to be a great launch for the film before it opens across Ireland in September.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is directed by Darren Thornton , written by Darren and Colin Thornton and produced by Ed Guiney (The Guard, The Lobster, Room) and Juliette Bonass (Get Up & Go, Glassland). The film is financed by the Irish Film Board, BAI and TV3.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its world premiere at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.


Element Pictures Distribution today announced that it has acquired Irish and UK rights on Irish-German co-production Halal Daddy, a culture clash comedy which started principal photography this week in Sligo.

Hermann Florin of Florin Film (Hanni & NanniI’m off Then, Swansong: The Story of Occi Byrne, Outriders), Germany, with his Irish outlet Benrae Florin Films, Ailish McElmeel of Deadpan Pictures (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Burning Wishes, Wide Open Spaces), Ireland, are producing with German co-producer Peter Rommel of Rommel Films (Wetlands, Stopped on Track) with the support of the Irish Film Board and Eurimages with Global Screen, on board as world sales agent.

Halal Daddy is an uplifting, feel good adventure – a contemporary story, celebrating multiculturalism in modern day Ireland. Writer and Director Conor McDermottroe (Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne) is extremely excited about filming his second feature in his hometown of Sligo “I am delighted to be back home near the location of the true events that inspired our film. Halal Daddy is a truly positive warm hearted comedy of multicultural Ireland at it’s best.”

Head of Element Pictures Distribution Audrey Sheils added “We are delighted to be involved with such an exciting and original film which captures the Irish sense of humour perfectly. We look forward to bringing Halal Daddy to cinemas next happy new year and giving audiences a comedy that will make them really laugh out loud.”

A superb cast is in place including Nikesh Patel (Indian Summers, London Has Fallen) who stars as lead Raghdan, Colm Meaney (Con Air, The Snapper), Art Malik (Passage to India, True Lies), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors, In America), Angeline Ball (Shameless, The Commitments) and Stephen Cromwell (Red Rock, The Legend of Longwood). Mark O’Halloran (Garage, Adam and Paul) co-writes and stars.

McDermottroe is surrounded by a stellar production crew with Mel Griffith (Ricky: Three’s A Crowd) on board as Director of Photography, Production Designer is Conor Dennison (A Dark Song) and Kerry Gooding (Game of Thrones) is Costume Designer.

The production will film for 5 weeks in and around Sligo, Ireland. Global Screen have reported very strong international interest – in addition to UK and Irish rights having been acquired by Element Pictures Distribution (Ire), Koch Media (theatrical) and Telepool (TV rights) have boarded in Germany.


Raghdan Aziz’s new home in the West of Ireland seems to be the perfect getaway from his controlling Bradford based Muslim Dad, Amir. He’s adored by his Sligo based uncle and aunt, his surf buddies Derek and Neville think he’s really cool and his girlfriend is much desired Sligonian Maeve Logan, so all is going well for Raghdan. However when Amir lands on his doorstep with a birthday present of a halal meat factory, things go awry for happy-go-lucky Raghdan.


Element Pictures Distribution and StudioCanal have acquired all UK and Irish rights to VIVA, the remarkable Irish-Cuban film short-listed in 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film, in a joint distribution venture.

Directed by Paddy Breathnach, written by Mark O’Halloran, starring Jorge Perugorria, Luis Alberto Garcia and Hector Medina and produced by Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment, VIVA is the Havana-based story of young Jesus, who longs to be a glamorous drag queen only to have his dreams take a detour when his estranged and very macho father returns from a long stint in prison.

Irish and UK audiences will have the opportunity to watch VIVA this summer with Element Pictures Distribution overseeing distribution in the Republic of Ireland and StudioCanal overseeing the United Kingdom.

VIVA was released in the United States on April 29 by Magnolia Releasing following triumphant runs in the Telluride and Sundance Film Festival, with continuous praise from critics with The New York Times calling it “Exhilarating…. So much heart you surrender to its charm.”

Commenting on the release, Director Paddy Breathnach said “I’m very happy that Element and StudioCanal are releasing VIVA in Ireland and UK respectively.  They’re great companies and I’m very excited to work with them in bringing VIVA to audiences here in the near future.”

Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures Distribution added “We are big fans of Paddy and are delighted to be working with him, Rob and Rebecca together with our friends at StudioCanal on the release of VIVA in Ireland and the UK.”

Element is a very skilled Irish distributor and the pairing with StudioCanal is brilliant – we couldn’t be happier with the partnership,” adds Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.  “VIVA continues to thrill us with its continuing success.”

VIVA producers, Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan, said “VIVA was such a labour of love and we are thrilled with its reception so far.  We are particularly pleased to be working with Element to bring it to our home territory and are delighted with the partnership with StudioCanal in the UK.”

 VIVA has sold to over 30 territories world-wide including France to ARP, Benelux to Cinemien, Spain to Betta and Germany to Salzgeber.


The Yorgos Lanthimos directed THE LOBSTER not only opened at number 1 in the US this weekend on the basis of takings per screen but in grossing $188,095 from just 4 locations it has also the highest per-screen-average of 2016 with an incredible $47,034.

Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse jointly released THE LOBSTER in Ireland and the UK last October, grossing over €2 million at the box-office with A24 now handling its US distribution.  A24 also released Element Pictures/Lenny Abrahamson’s Room in the US earlier this year where it grossed almost €13 million.

Producer Ed Guiney commented “We are all thrilled that THE LOBSTER has opened so strongly in the US. Following its tremendous international success to date it’s really gratifying that its connected with US audiences in such a seismic way.”

THE LOBSTER opened to rave reviews this weekend with The New York Times calling it a ‘Masterpiece’ and Rolling Stone calling it a ‘Brilliant, bizarre social satire.’ The Los Angeles Times commented that it ‘Offers a rich, surreal take on modern love’ with industry bible Variety calling it a ‘Wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire of couple-fixated society.’

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.  A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

It was also announced last week that Element Pictures will re-team with Yorgos for his next feature The Killing of a Sacred Deer which is due to begin production in the US this August with Colin Farrell attached.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

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Element Pictures Distribution (EPD) announced today that they are to be the exclusive Irish distributor of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

Expanding on their existing relationship the deal will see EPD handle the sales and marketing for the ROH Live Cinema Season 2016/17. Set to be the most exciting season to date it will feature six operas and six ballets screened live from the iconic Covent Garden stage.

Highlights from the upcoming Season include 2016 Olivier Award winner WOOLF WORKS, Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. The Royal Ballet’s classic THE NUTCRACKER, the return of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (the company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946) and Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s OTELLO.

Andrew Lowe, MD of Element Pictures commented: “Having worked on the sales and marketing of the ROH Live Cinema Season to Irish cinemas for the last two years, we are really pleased to strengthen our relationship with the Royal Opera House by being appointed their exclusive distributor in Ireland. We have enjoyed a lot of success over the last two years with highlights including (ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, LA BOHĒME and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR) and we are really looking forward to the 2016/17 season which is shaping up to be their strongest one yet. We look forward to working closely with the Royal Opera House to build on this success and to help them grow their unique brand in Ireland over the coming years.”

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House says: “It’s been wonderful to see the continued demand for ROH Live Cinema content across Ireland. Working with Element Pictures Distribution allows for us to build on the success to date and expand our reach even further screening the very best of opera and ballet in high definition.”

For more information on the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season please visit



 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.


Element Pictures has previously won Best Film awards for 



Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they have acquired the Irish & UK rights to Ken Wardrop’s MOM AND ME. Ken and Element previously worked together on the release of the critically acclaimed and box-office hit His & Hers in 2010 which remains the highest-grossing Irish documentary of all time.

Speaking on the upcoming release, Director Ken Wardrop commented that “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to once again be working with Element Distribution. We had an incredible journey with His & Hers and I’m hopeful that MOM AND ME will similarly capture the hearts of Irish audiences.”

MOM AND ME premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews with The Guardian awarding the film 4 **** calling it ‘A devastating study of motherly love in US’s manliest state” and its also nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2016 IFTA’s.

With MOM AND ME, Wardrop weaves an exquisitely sympathetic portrait of what mothers mean to their sons in this charming and touching film, showing a vulnerable side of American masculinity that viewers rarely see. These Oklahoma men come from all walks of life, ranging from a war veteran and a prison inmate to a cowboy preacher and a district attorney. Their mothers are just as complicated: spunky, resilient, demanding, generous, and iconoclastic. As these mothers and sons ride horses, shoot guns, and discuss their deepest feelings, Wardrop’s compassionate observation reveals the universality that underlies this most particular relationship.

MOM AND ME is directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman with backing from The Irish Film Board.

Irish audiences will have the opportunity to view MOM AND ME this summer in cinemas and on-demand.