Friday 27 April 2018

Michelle Doherty’s film ‘The Hit Producer’ claims eight prizes at prestigious Awards festival

Michelle Doherty
Michelle Doherty
New mother Michelle Doherty, with help from her baby Max, launched First 1,000 Days Awareness Week yesterday. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Michelle Doherty at the launch of the Summertime Festival at Kildare Village today where Whitney Port unveiled an exclusive canvas tote bag she created for the festival in aid of Barretstown-photo Kieran Harnett The chic canvas bag will be priced at €15 and available to purchase exclusively in Kildare Village for the duration of Summertime Festival. All profits go to Barretstown. The Summertime Festival is a month-long entertainment, shopping and Irish artisan food extravaganza taking place at Kildare Village, home to over 60 designer outlet boutiques at up to 60% off recommended retail prices. For more information please contact: Media Contact: WHPR: Heidi O’Sullivan / Laura Greer, WHPR 01 669 0030 / 087 297 2046 (HO’S) / 086 960 5600 (LG) / Notes to editor: Kildare Village is open seven days a week and has late night shopping on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 7pm. For details of opening hours and more information about Kildare Village visit -photo Kieran Harnett
Michelle Doherty, Xpose Presenter
Michelle Doherty
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The Hit Producer has claimed eight prizes, including the coveted Awards of Excellence at the international IndieFEST Film Awards.

The innovative feature film has been awarded a slew of honours, including Best Feature Film, Best Directing, Best Actor (Neill Fleming) and Best Cinematography.

Broadcaster Michelle Doherty, formerly of Phantom FM and TV3’s Xposé, also scored the Best Actress gong for the debut role.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this award, it was totally unexpected as this was my first lead role so very much appreciated,” she said.

Michelle who gave birth to her first child Max last month, previously co-starred in What Richard Did.

The Hit Producer, directed by Kevin de la Isla O’Neill, is a black crime thriller, which is currently doing the rounds on the festival circuit seeking a distributor to bring it to an international audience.

The entire film was crowdfunded on a tight budget of €18,000 and shot on location in Ireland.

“After such hard and enduring work by all of us involved, it’s fantastic to get this prestigious recognition. These IndieFEST awards are proof of the blood, sweat and tears we’ve shed to get this far and a hopeful glimpse of future opportunities to shed some more,” Director Kevin said.

The film also stars Irish actors Fergus Kealy, Rory Mullen, Karl Shiels, Eoin Quinn and Andy Kellegher.

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