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Irish Director Stevie Russell Wins Cannes Young Director Award
22 Jun 2012 : By Steve Cummins
Stevie Russell (left) on the set of 'RSA: Loaded Weapon'
Irish director Stevie Russell took first prize in his category at last night’s (June 21) Commercial Film Producers of Europe’s Young Director Award in Cannes, while Irish-based director William Armstrong claimed second prize in his category.

Dublin-born 27-year-old Russell continued to add to his rising status as a director after coming out top in the Broadcast Europe category for his Road Safety Authority film ‘RSA: Loaded Weapon,’ which was produced by Dublin production company Tidal.

Russell, who is the creative director at Tidal, has previously won awards at the Kinsale Shark Awards, as well as a People’s Choice award at the IMTV awards. Last night he was also nominated in the music video category for a video he shot for Irish band Kodaline but was not successful.

William Armstrong, who is originally from South Africa but holds Irish citizenship, finished second in the Test Commercial category for ‘Poem,’ which was produced by Dublin’s Antidote Films. ‘Poem’ is the 27 year-old’s first work as a director. He has been working as a producer with Antidote for the past three years.

Held in association with ‘Shots’ magazine and the Commercial Film Producers of Europe, the Young Director Award is a prestigious accolade for those working in the commercials world with last night’s event attended by advertising agencies across the globe.

Stevie Russell’s ‘RSA: Loaded Weapon’ was written by Dillon Elliot of Irish International (BBDO) advertising agency based on an idea by Richard Lahart. The agency's art director was Catherine Lennon.

The director of photography was Ruairi O'Brien, while score and sound design was looked after by Gareth Averill. Post-production was carried out at Windmill Lane with offline editor: John O'Connor. Ruairi McKenna was the assistant director with Keelan Clarke as production assistant.

Other crew included gaffer Stephen McCarthy; focus puller Cormac O'Malley; downloader Paul Delany; grip Paul Tsan and video assist Adam Ozmin. Make up and hair was looked after by Love Hawkridge.

The cast included Tom Connelly, Tom Jordan, Njalinda Innocenti, Nicola Elliot and Keelan Clarke.

Stevie Russell was previously nominated for the Young Director Award in 20120 in the Best Test category for a Wrangler Test Ad.



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