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Sunday 24 March 2019

Dublin firm gets straight back to work after its Academy Awards recognition

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney arrives at the Oscars. Picture: AFP
Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney arrives at the Oscars. Picture: AFP
Jane Last

Jane Last

Dublin-based company Element Pictures was toasting Olivia Colman for winning Best Actress for her turn in its film 'The Favourite' - which was nominated for 10 Oscars.

But co-founders Ed Guiney and Andrew Hanlon won't be taking it easy. They're behind the new BBC crime series 'Dublin Murders' - which is due to start shooting in Dublin's north inner city today.

Element Pictures first came to prominence with its breakthrough film 'The Guard', which starred Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, in 2011.

Since then, it has gone on to enjoy massive success, with its output taking on a far more international tone.

'Room' - which saw Brie Larson win the Oscar for Best Actress - brought it to a new level in Hollywood.

Other films included 'The Lobster' and 'Rosie'.

After 'Room', it struck a deal with Fox Searchlight, the studio/financier behind films such as 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and 'The Shape of Water'.

The deal involves financing of film projects and worldwide distribution, and brought Element Pictures to another level.

Despite its international and award-winning output, the company remains committed to Irish drama.

Element Pictures produced the critically acclaimed TV3 drama 'Red Rock'.

The company employs 25 people in Dublin, and another five in Belfast and London.

It also operates a video on demand platform - Volta.ie - and runs and operates three cinemas.

Irish Independent

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