Mammal Writer/Director Rebecca Daly Has Been Nominated for IFTA Rising Star Award

Posted March 31, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News
Mammal Barry Keoghan and Rebecca Daly
Mammal Barry Keoghan and Rebecca Daly

Rebecca Daly, writer and director of this Friday’s cinema release MAMMAL has been nominated for an IFTA Rising Star Award.

The Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) announced the Rising Star Award nominees this morning, the winner of which will be announced at the IFTA Film & Drama Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 9.  Rebecca has been nominated along with Barry Ward who starred in The Truth Commissioner, documentary filmmaker Alex Fegan and The Survivalist’s director Stephen Fingleton.

Selected by a special jury and sponsored by the IFB, the Rising Star Award is a unique IFTA Award in that it puts an international spotlight on Irish professionals who have not only honed their crafts in the formative years of their career – but who have also excelled in their respective fields.

Previous recipients of the award include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Tomm Moore, Domhnall Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh, Gerard Barrett, Jamie Dornan and Sarah Greene, all of whom have gone on to garner recognition and accolades both in Ireland and internationally.

Rebecca critically acclaimed dramatic feature MAMMAL stars Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe® winning actress Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) and ADIFF Discovery Award winner Barry Keoghan (Love/Hate, ’71) and opens in Irish cinemas this Friday, April 1st.  Both Keoghan’s and Griffiths’ performances have been praised by critics and audiences alike and both actors are nominated for Irish Film and Television awards.

Leading entertainment website Entertainment.ie described Mammal as “outstanding and Rebecca Daly a major filmmaker” in a 4.5 star review this week.

MAMMAL will be released in cinemas nationwide from Friday 1st April.

The IFTA Film & Drama Awards will take place at the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin on Saturday, April 9. The ceremony will be broadcast on TV3 on Sunday, April 10th at 9pm.

About Rebecca Daly – Writer/Director (Mammal)

Following a BA in Drama and English and an MA in Film, Daly directed her first short film, Joyriders, in 2006. The short, telling the story a grieving ten year old discovering that imagination can be more powerful than reality, was written with Glenn Montgomery and instantly cemented Daly as a filmmaker to watch in Ireland. It went on to win the IFTA for Best Short in 2007.

Following another acclaimed short film entitled Hum (selected and funded as one of the finalists for the Berlin Today Award 2010), Daly made her feature film debut with The Other Side of Sleep in 2011. The film, once again written with Montgomery and starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes, was selected for the Cannes Résidence du Festival and premiered in the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It received critical notice from major publications such as Screen International who wrote: “Daly’s haunting debut flirts with dreams and reality; it is under-stated yet powerfully etched.”

Daly followed this up with yet another powerfully artistic film that received widespread acclaim. Mammal, starring Oscar nominee Rachel Griffiths in the lead role alongside up and coming Irish actor Barry Keoghan, made its’ debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. The film was hailed by international publications such as Variety who described it as an “elegant, elliptical character study of a shuttered divorcee and a feral delinquent”.