IFTA Nominations for Wildcard Titles

Posted March 14, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News
Barry Keoghan
Barry Keoghan

Wildcard Distribution is delighted to announce that five of its film titles (Mammal, A Doctor’s Sword, The Land of the Enlightened, Get Up & Go and Ghosthunters On Icy Trails) have received IFTA nominations.

The upcoming release MAMMAL (out in cinemas 1st April) received two IFTA nominations for its lead actors Academy Award® nominated Rachel Griffiths and ADIFF Discovery Award winner Barry Keoghan.  MAMMAL is the compelling story of a woman (Griffiths) who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth (Keoghan). Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband’s grieving rage.

Barry Keoghan is nominated in the Actor in a Lead Role category and is up against Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Colin Farrell (The Lobster) and Martin McCann (The Survivalist).  Meanwhile Rachel Griffiths is nominated in the International Actress category along with Brie Larson (Room), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Cate Blanchett (Carol).

In the George Morrison Feature Documentary category both A DOCTOR’S SWORD (Bob Jackson, Gary Lennon) and upcoming release THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED (Morgan Bushe, Bart Van Langendonck) received nominations.

A DOCTOR’S SWORD tells the incredible story of Aidan MacCarthy, a UCC trained doctor from West Cork who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki) and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword, which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.  While THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED follows a gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig who out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.

Gemma Leah-Devereux received a nomination in the Supporting Actress category for her role in GET UP & GO which tells the story of a group of friends in Dublin at the wrong end of their 20’s whose dreams of artistic greatness haven’t quite worked out.

Finally GHOSTHUNTERS ON ICY TRAILS has been nominated in the VFX category for the work Irish post-production house Egg did on the film.

The Irish Film & Television Awards will take place on April 9th