23 September 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network

Irish Film and Television Network




Crew News

Luke McManus' documentary musical North Circular wins prestigious Grand Prix award at FIPADOC2023
30 Jan 2023 : Nathan Griffin
North Circular
North Circular, the black and white documentary musical that journeys along Dublin’s North Circular Road, has won a prestigious Grand Prix at France’s biggest documentary festival, FIPADOC in Biarritz in the Basque Country in southwest France.

The prize was awarded at the Gare du Midi Theatre in the Basque town at the festival’s closing ceremony on Friday, January 27th. 

The jury, made of up of film director Chloé Perlemuter, the well-known classical pianist and Ravel Festival director Jean-François Heisser, and the Latvian documentary producer Uldis Cekulis, awarded the film from a programme of thirteen documentary features selected in competition for the Grand Prix for Music Documentary, which includes a €5,000 prize for the director.

 “These people aren't saying what I think, they're saying what they think, so it's their truth and their reality that you represent;” Director Luke McManus discusses the Journey of North Circular

The jury praised the film for the quality of its music, the strength of its storytelling, and its aesthetic approach. The film, which is written and directed by Luke McManus, edited by John Murphy (An Cailín Ciúin), and produced by McManus and Elaine Gallagher, also features appearances from some of the leading artists of the Irish folk and trad scene including John Francis Flynn, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Lisa O’Neill, and Ian Lynch (Lankum) as well as a special appearance by singer Gemma Dunleavy (Up De Flats). 

Speaking about the award, director Luke McManus said: “To have our French premiere and our first screening outside the English-speaking world at a festival as prestigious as FIPADOC was exciting, to be in competition for a Grand Prix was thrilling, but to actually win the Grand Prix was amazing. Thank you to the jury and festival organisers for selecting the film and also to the creative team behind the film, the musicians and all the participants and the people of the North Circular Road for making this dream project a reality.” 

North Circular is McManus’s debut feature documentary as a director and was entirely funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon under their ReelArt funding scheme. The film made its world premiere at Dublin International Film Festival in 2022, where it won the Special Mention Award in the Documentary competition, its International Premiere at Sheffield DocFest 2022, and the film has also won awards at Louth IFF and IndieCork.

The US Premiere is next for North Circular, with the film screening at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 16th and 17th, where McManus will be in attendance as part of an Irish delegation including Alison Millar (Lyra), Colm Bairéad (An Cailín Ciúin), and the actors Kerry Condon, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin).

Click here for more information about Luke McManus’ North Circular.

IFTA Creative Minds & Wellbeing Day: In Conversation with Deepak Chopra and Panel Discussion
Newport Beach Spotlight: Director Jeffrey Doyle discusses The Coco Show
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.

 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter



onwin yeni giris canli bahis rulet siteleri casino siteleri yeni giris deneme bonusu medicalli.com wvupci.org Rulet Siteleri