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Tuesday 24 September 2019

Young Irish artists earmarked for international film success

Fionn O'Shea
Fionn O'Shea
Jessie Buckley
Patrick Gibson
Seana Kerslake. Photo: Fran Veale
Farah Abushwesha

Sean O'Grady

Four Irish actors and one producer have been hailed as "stars of tomorrow" by an international film magazine.

'Screen International' has revealed its annual list of up-and-coming actors and filmmakers earmarked for stardom. Patrick Gibson, Fionn O'Shea, Seána Kerslake and Jessie Buckley all feature on the actors list, while producer Farah Abushwesha is listed after involvement in the short film 'The Party'.

Dubliner Gibson (22) is best-known for his role in 'The OA', while O'Shea (20) appeared alongside other Irish actors including Moe Dunford and Amy Huberman in 'Handsome Devil'.

Kerslake (25) has a leading role in RTÉ comedy-drama series 'Can't Cope Won't Cope' and received critical acclaim for last year's 'A Date for Mad Mary', while Kerry native Buckley (27) starred in the British thriller 'Beast'.

'Stars of Tomorrow' editor Fionnuala Hannigan said the "unprecedented" number of Irish artists featured shows the depth of talent in the country.

"The fact we have an unprecedented number of young Irish actors this year is testament to both their talent and the bigger role Irish film is currently playing on the international stage. Irish actors form almost one-third of our talent portfolio this year, and they are all ideally poised for further success.

"Although Seána Kerslake and Fionn O'Shea came to my attention for vibrant performances in brilliant Irish films, it's also fair to say that both Paddy Gibson and Jessie Buckley arrived in 'Stars of Tomorrow' completely by stealth.

"They were so convincing in their characters it was only after that I realised they were also Irish too," she said.

Matt Mueller, editor of 'Screen International', said: "They are a hugely talented and diverse group of actors, screenwriters, directors and producers with very bright futures in the industry."

'Screen International' has partnered with the BFI London Film Festival as the 2017 stars of tomorrow are set to be presented as a part of its programme of events.

Irish Independent

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