Sunday 11 December 2016

Take two - Irish cinematographer nabs top awards at Cannes

Published 24/05/2016 | 02:30

British director Andrea Arnold (L) celebrates on stage with (L-R) actress Sasha Lane, producer Lars Knudsen and Robbie Ryan after being awarded with the Jury Prize for the film 'American Honey' during the closing ceremony of the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
British director Andrea Arnold (L) celebrates on stage with (L-R) actress Sasha Lane, producer Lars Knudsen and Robbie Ryan after being awarded with the Jury Prize for the film 'American Honey' during the closing ceremony of the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
British director Andrea Arnold celebrates on stage with Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan after winning the Jury Prize for ‘American Honey’. GETTY
Director Ken Loach with his Palme D’Or. GETTY

Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan was delighted to have not one but two films take home the top prizes at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

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Ryan shot Ken Loach's latest film 'I, Daniel Blake', which won the festival's overall award, the Palme d'Or.

He was also the cinematographer on 'American Honey', which picked up the competition's Jury Prize.

While he may not be a household name, Ryan is a highly regarded filmmaker and has worked on a variety of acclaimed and Oscar-winning films including 'Philomena', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jimmy's Hall'.

Ryan decided he wanted to work in film at the age of 14. After borrowing his father's Kodak Super 8mm camera, he began shooting small movies with his friends.

He studied at Dun Laoghaire's IADT before moving to London.

He shot Oscar-winning short 'Wasp' in 2003 and received an Ifta nomination in 2015 for his work on 'Slow West' starring Michael Fassbender.

Head of the Irish Film Board James Hickey described Ryan as a "world-class cinematographer". "Having two award-winning films at the Cannes Film Festival is astonishing," Hickey told the Irish Independent.

"We are delighted to see Irish film talent achieving major international recognition."

'I, Daniel Blake' tells the story of a middle-aged widower who suffers a heart attack and his ensuing battle with the welfare system in Britain.

Meanwhile, 'American Honey' follows a teenage girl as she travels the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Ken Loach previously won the Palm d'Or in 2006 for 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley', a drama set during the Irish War of Independence.

Irish Independent

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