Patrick’s Day wins Torc Award at Celtic Media Awards
Patrick’s Day directed by Terry McMahon has won the Torc Award for Feature Length Drama at the Celtic Media Awards.
This is the latest accolade the critically acclaimed film has won over the last year. The film stars Moe Dunford Patrick, a sheltered young man with mental health issues whose life is thrown into turmoil when he falls in love with Karen (Catherine Walker) a troubled air hostess he meets by chance while lost in Dublin city on his birthday. When Patrick’s controlling mother (Kerry Fox) takes drastic steps to keep the two apart, the young man’s precarious existence is thrown into turmoil, with far-reaching consequences for everyone involved.
The director’s own experiences working in a psychiatric hospital inspired his deeply-felt screenplay which puts forth a passionate case for the right to intimacy of those who suffer from mental illness. At times angry, but subsumed with moments of quiet tenderness, Patrick’s Day features a breakout performance from Moe Dunford who was awarded the prestigious Shooting Star Award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
The Celtic Media Festival takes place in Inverness, with the best in creative talent from Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Wales, and Brittany being represented at the festival.
Patrick’s Day opens in Belfast and Coleraine today with a DVD release scheduled for the coming months.