Monday 26 February 2018

'Offenders' and 'Jadotville' set to dominate IFTAs

Actress Seana Kerslake from ‘A Date for Mad Mary’. Photo :Gerry Mooney
Actress Seana Kerslake from ‘A Date for Mad Mary’. Photo :Gerry Mooney
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Cork cocaine caper 'The Young Offenders' and historic epic 'The Siege of Jadotville' have picked up the most nominations for this year's IFTA Awards.

Both films have been nominated in seven categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

'The Young Offenders' was a runaway hit last year taking €1.3m at the Irish box office.

'The Siege of Jadotville', starring Jamie Dornan, depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops.

Other films and series that picked up multiple nominations include 'A Date for Mad Mary', which got the nod in five categories including Best Actress for Seana Kerslake.

In the TV category, 'An Klondike' was nominated in 10 categories. The series will go up against 'The Fall', 'Game of Thrones', 'Striking Out', 'Smalltown', and 'Vikings'.

A scene from ‘The Siege of Jadotville’
A scene from ‘The Siege of Jadotville’

Oscar nominee Ruth Negga has been nominated for Best Actress for film and TV.

She will go up against Amy Huberman, Catriona Balfe and Ann Marie Duff in the TV category. Other well known actors in the running for an IFTA gong include Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), and Fiona Shaw (Out of Innocence).

The Irish Film and Television Awards will take place at the Mansion House on April 8.

Irish Independent

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