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IFTAS: Film legend Jim delighted to be honoured in his home town


Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan

Iconic Irish director Jim Sheridan said he was "delighted" to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual IFTA awards which took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House.

Jim follows in the footsteps of Maureen O'Hara, Gay Byrne, David Kelly, Neil Jordan, John Boorman and President Michael D Higgins in receiving the award.

"It actually means a good lot to me, when you get an award in your hometown, it's fun," he told the Herald.

"I'm just really happy to be here, it's worth celebrating the industry.

"You need a little bit of frocks and glamour, otherwise there's nothing to focus everybody's attention on how talented the people are."

Some of Jim's iconic films include My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Field and In America.

Other successes of his include Get Rich or Die Tryin', the 2005 hip-hop biopic about rapper 50 Cent, and recent war drama Brothers, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire.


My Left Foot, which was released in 1989, went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards in 1990 with wins for Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker.

Day Lewis, who is a three time Oscar winner, said working with the Dublin director changed his life.

"This film and working with Jim Sheridan changed my life. I doubt I will have a happier experience. Not just because the film was a kind of success that we certainly didn't expect, but more really because of the way we made the film," Daniel said.

Sheridan (66) has just wrapped filming on his next project, The Secret Scripture, which is based on Sebastian Barry's award-winning novel of the same name.

The film adaptation features an all-star cast including Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Eric Bana, Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Irons and British actor Theo James.

The story is told by Roseanne, who is uncertain of her age and recounts her experiences in asylums in Ireland over 60 years.

Audiences discover the why and the how of Roseanne's incarceration and are also introduced to the second narrator, Roseanne's psychiatrist Dr William Grene.