Wednesday 25 April 2018

Director Stephen Fingleton hails The Survivalist 'debut' Bafta nomination

Stephen Fingleton on the set of The Survivalist with actress Mia Goth (NI Screen/PA)
Stephen Fingleton on the set of The Survivalist with actress Mia Goth (NI Screen/PA)

A Northern Ireland-born film director has been nominated for a Bafta.

Stephen Fingleton was named in the outstanding debut category of the British Academy Film Awards for The Survivalist.

It was shot entirely in Northern Ireland and is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world where resources have run out.

The feature received critical acclaim following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It will be released in cinemas and on-demand on February 12.

Mr Fingleton tweeted: "Very happy that The Survivalist has been nominated for a Bafta for best debut."

Nominations for this year's Bafta film awards were announced on Friday morning by Stephen Fry.

Richard Williams, chief executive of development body Northern Ireland Screen, said: "We are immensely proud of Stephen Fingleton and offer our huge congratulations to him and all the talented crew that made The Survivalist.

"A Bafta nomination, a Bifa (British Independent Film Awards) win and incredible critical acclaim are amazing endorsements for a new writer/director.

"The Survivalist is a wonderful film and we are delighted to have been able to support it from its early script development stage."

The Bafta nomination follows the British Independent Film Awards where Fingleton was named best debut director.

The Survivalist was developed with the support of the British Film Institute Film Fund and Northern Ireland Screen's New Talent Focus Scheme.

It boasts what Northern Ireland Screen hailed as stellar performances from Martin McCann ('71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness) and Olwen Fouere (This Must Be The Place).

The Bafta ceremony will take place on Sunday February 14 at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.

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