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Irish Docs 'Broken Tail' & 'Obama' Scoop International Honours
11 Oct 2011 :
Broken Tail
Crossing the Line Films internationally acclaimed tiger documentary ‘Broken Tail’ has won a hat-trick of awards at the world’s leading Wildlife Film Festival – Jackson Hole in Wyoming USA, including the Grand Teton Award.

‘Broken Tail’ nabbed the Grand Teton Award, competing against over 500 of the best international wildlife films at the festival. ‘Broken Tail’ also won Best Conservation and Best Hosted or Presenter-Led film.

Reacting to the win, film Producer and co-Director John Murray said “Jackson Hole is a unique festival held every two years to celebrate the finest wildlife and natural history films. To win Best of Festival in a field that included BBC's Life and Human Planet series is an extraordinary honour.”

‘Broken Tail’ follows the journey into the last days of the wild tiger. Irish Cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail & his family for the documentary. It was funded by the Irish Film Board & RTÉ, along with CBC, SWR, ZDF, ARTE, MEDIA, Nature for WNET and BBC.

Obama’s Irish Roots

Olympia Films ‘Obama’s Irish Roots’ has won first prize for best documentary at the Hampton Black International Film Festival. Director Gabriel Murray also picked up an award for Best Director with the Peoples Voice Award.

The docu-drama shot in 2010/11 in Ireland and America, from Offally and Kilkenny to Ohio and Indiana, and traces the Obama family ancestry back to his Moneygall roots. It stars Sharon O’Donnell, David Grant and Fergus Kealy and was written and directed by Gabriel Murray. Director of Photography and editor on the feature is Anthony Kelly. Murray and Don McGuinness of Olympia Films produced, with co funding raised by Yvette Hoyle of Coppola Productions U.K.

The feature documentary will be represented by Camelot Distribution at MIPCOM in Cannes and AFM in Los Angeles.



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