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‘Massive surprise’ joy in Carlow as native wins BAFTA

Winning a BAFTA was a “massive surprise” to Carlow native Fergal Costello who won the prestigious award in the Short Form Programme category on Friday night.

He told Independent.ie that he was watching the awards with his family in Tinryland on Friday “for a laugh”.

“It was a massive surprise.

“It couldn’t have been more of a surprise, we were stunned. We were watching almost for a laugh, we were thinking that it was great to be nominated and even to have the nomination was such a stunning thing.

“But when we won, just couldn’t believe it,” he said.

He said that Friday night was extra special as his family got to reunite since the lockdown.

“It was the first time a lot of them had seen each other since the lockdown started, so it was lovely, really something else.”

Fergal Costello directed Brain in Gear, a 13 minute long short film created by Gbemisola Ikumelo, a BBC comedy about a woman who shares a flat with the voices in her head, two alter egos Boss B*tch Remi and Dark Remi.

“I remember reading the script, thinking that the idea of having your split personalities live with you, that it could be a cool idea visually and it could be really funny too,” he explained.

He said that while preparations took a week and a half, shooting itself lasted three days and it took another week and a half to edit.

The film has received its own season commission from the BBC Two and shooting for it will begin next year.

On celebrating his big win, Fergal said that he isn’t “mad for parties” and has met a few friends over the weekend, before taking August off and starting work again in September.

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