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Little Emily's film wins Sundance award

Low-budget Irish movie His & Hers has scooped a prize at the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival.

The film, which interviewed 70 women from across the midlands, was a hit with critics and distributors at the international festival.

The Irish film was plucked from thousands submitted for selection at this year's festival, which took place in Park City, Utah.

His & Hers was awarded the top spot in the World Cinema Excellence in Cinematography category.

The Sundance Film Festival is known for attracting important players in the movie industry, along with more than 50,000 enthusiastic cinema goers.

Established by Robert Redford in 1978, the festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the US.

And now Australian and New Zealand distribution companies have expressed a strong interest in the low-budget flick, which focuses on women's relationships with men at various stages of their lives.


The makers of the film, including producer Andrew Freedman and directed by Ken Wardrop, said that they were conscious of keeping costs of the movie to a bare minimum, with many of the team doubling up in different roles.

"It's doing very well for us, given the budget," Mr Wardrop said. "It's proof that good, small things can happen."

Kate McCullough and Michael Lavelle from His & Hers took the honours at the awards.

Ken Wardrop said that they sourced potential female characters through women's organisations, camogie clubs and community centres across a small area in the midlands.

"We rented a house in Co Offaly and drew a circle 40 miles around this in any direction," he said.

His & Hers premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year and was shortlisted for the Grierson Award at the 2009 Times BFI London Film Festival last month.

Ken's mother Ethel was the inspiration for the film.

Audiences will have a chance to see His & Hers when it is released in cinemas later this year.