Patrick’s Day wins three IFTAs
Patrick’s Day was one of the big winners at last night’s IFTA Film & Drama Awards, where it picked up three prizes – Best Script for writer-director Terry McMahon, Actor in a Lead Role for Moe Dunford, and Best Sound for Hugh Fox, Nikki Moss, & Ken Galvin.
The film went into the awards with a joint highest total of nine nominations, and the eventual tally of three wins was a remarkable achievement in what was an extremely competitive lineup and an incredible year for Irish film in general.
Terry McMahon, who was also competing in the Best Director category, deservedly won Best Script for his powerful and deeply felt screenplay, which was inspired by his personal experiences working as a psychiatric nurse.
Star Moe Dunford took home Actor In A Lead Role, in a category which included two established stars in Colin Farrell and Michael Fassbender, and a fellow young talent in Jack Reynor. Despite the stiff competition, Moe can now add another award to his mantle at the end of what has been a hugely successful campaign for the Dungarvan-born actor, which included being named a Shooting Star at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
The Patrick’s Day sound team, comprised of Hugh Fox, Nikki Moss, & Ken Galvin, rounded out the night with the Best Sound award, which jointly recognises achievements in sound design, editing, and mixing.
The highlights of this year’s ceremony will be broadcast on TV3 on Monday 1st June.