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Saoirse Ronan to Play Lead in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Film
26 Apr 2017 | The 23 year old Irish actress from Carlow has been cast to play the historical role of Mary Stuart in the upcoming ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ film to be directed by Josie Rourke (Much Ado About Nothing) with Irish award winning cinematographer Seamus Mc Garvey (Nocturnal Animals) also on board. 
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Andrew Scott Cast in BBC’s Gay Britannia Season
25 Apr 2017 | The BBC this week announced the launch of Gay Britannia, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967. Dublin actor Andrew Scott familiar to fans of mystery drama ‘Sherlock’ is one of the Irish names noted to feature within the line up of new content and programmes scheduled. 
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Filmbase to host Introduction to Acting for TV & Film Training Course
25 Apr 2017 | Sarah Hone will tutor the eight-evening course, with fifteen years experience in acting and casting which has taken her from touring Japan for Disney to working as a casting assistant on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ in Australia. 
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John Butler talks 'Handsome Devil', releasing to Irish Cinemas Friday April 21st
21 Apr 2017 | IFTN caught up with John to talk about his superb new buddy comedy, working with producers Rob Walpole and Rebecca O'Flanagan at Treasure, impressive young Irish acting talent, John Hughes, and how inspiring young people are. 
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Netflix release trailer for all-new ‘Anne of Green Gables’ starring Donegal Actress Amybeth McNulty
21 Apr 2017 | The young talent who was cast in the role last year leads the cast as Anne Shirley, the little orphaned girl whose big personality takes centre stage in the 1890s drama. 
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“Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen and Charlie Murphy give us a wealth of talent to work with” – ‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Steven Knight on S04
19 Apr 2017 | The upcoming fourth season of the series which is produced by Caryn Mandabach and Tiger Aspect Drama is as always led by Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby. Fresh Irish faces are set to join the forty year old actor, who was recently awarded an IFTA for Best Male Lead in Drama. 
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Filmbase to host The Teen Actors June Programme: June 6th-9th
19 Apr 2017 | The four-day course is aimed at young actors aged between thirteen and seventeen with a basic understanding of performance. It will also include a headshot photoshoot. 
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The Irish Academy present ‘The OA’ star Patrick Gibson with the Rising Star Award in association with the Irish Film Board
10 Apr 2017 | The 2017 IFTA Film & Drama Awards which took place last Saturday, April 8th at the Mansion House, Dublin honoured the very best screen talent of the past year with top prizes going to ‘A Date For Mad Mary’ and ‘Vikings’, and Ruth Negga and Colm Meaney taking Best Lead Actress and Actor in Film Awards. 
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The Irish Film & Television Academy Announce 2017 IFTA Film & Drama Awards Winners
10 Apr 2017 | The annual IFTA Film & Drama Awards, which for the second time was hosted by actress and comedienne Deirdre O’Kane, crowned A Date for Mad Mary with the title of Best Film. 
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‘A Date For Mad Mary’ Team Celebrate their Best Film Award Win at #IFTA17
10 Apr 2017 | The top award of Best Film went to Darren Thornton’s debut feature starring Seána Kerslake in the leading role last Saturday, April 8th. 
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IFTA Film & Drama Awards Focus: Best Supporting Actress in Film #IFTA17
07 Apr 2017 | The Irish Academy will honour the very best of our screen talent tomorrow, April 8th in the Mansion House, Dublin at the annual IFTA Film & Drama Awards. 
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Stars Gather to Celebrate Irish Talent at 2017 IFTA Awards Ceremony
07 Apr 2017 | It has been a year of major Irish production activity, box office records, and this Saturday, April 8th, leading Irish talent will arrive home for the much-anticipated 2017 IFTA - Film & Drama Awards, when the unprecedented volume of high quality Irish productions have made every category tightly contested for the coveted Irish Academy Awards this y 
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IFTA Film & Drama Awards Focus: Best Supporting Actor in Film #IFTA17
07 Apr 2017 | The Best Supporting Actor nominees this year yet again showcase the diversity of our output on screen, with Irish talent not only appearing in home grown content, but taking roles in massive international productions. 
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2017 Irish Equity AGM for Members on April 9th with focus on Taxation for Performers
28 Mar 2017 | The 2017 Irish Equity AGM will take place in the Theatre in Liberty Hall on Sunday April 9th and is open to current members of the union. 
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2017 IFTA IFB Rising Star Nominees Revealed
24 Mar 2017 | Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) are delighted to unveil the Rising Star Award nominees for 2017, the winner of which will be announced at the IFTA Film & Drama Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 8th. 
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Patt Shortt to attend Dingle International Film Festival 2017 ‘Twice Shy’ Screening
21 Mar 2017 | The ‘Killinaskully’ and ‘Smalltown’ actor recently completed filming on Morgan Bushe’s ‘Belly of the Whale’ and also starred in Declan Recks’ ‘The Flag’ last year. Another of his 2016 feature film titles is ‘Twice Shy’ from Tom Ryan, which is due to screen on Sunday March 26th, in the final leg of the four-day programme. 
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IFTA Film & Drama Awards Focus: Lead Actor in Drama Nominations #IFTA17
15 Mar 2017 | With the 2017 IFTA awards ceremony just over three weeks away, we continue our coverage with a look at the Best Actor in a Lead Role in Drama category. This year’s five nominees showcase the range and high calibre of acting talent thriving amongst Irish actors across both home and international drama screens. 
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‘Handsome Devil’ and ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ actor Fionn O’Shea cast ‘The Aftermath’
15 Mar 2017 | Irish talent Fionn O’Shea will star alongside Keira Knightly (The Imitation Game), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Alexander Scheer (Le jeune Karl Marx) in the post-WWII drama. 
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IFTA Film & Drama Awards Focus: Lead Actress in Drama Nominations #IFTA17
15 Mar 2017 | With the 2017 IFTA awards ceremony less than four weeks away, we continue our coverage with a look at the Best Actress in a Lead Role in Drama category. This year’s nominations once again showcases the high calibre of acting talent thriving amongst Irish actresses portraying deeply immersive roles of women across both home and international drama screens. 
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‘The OA’ star Patrick Gibson takes leading role in ‘The Darkest Minds’
15 Mar 2017 | The Irish actor who is currently filming John Ridley series ‘Guerilla’ is set to take the role of Clancy Grey in the upcoming Fox adaptation. 
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