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Irish Trio Make London Film Festival's Rising Stars List
16 Oct 2012 : By Eva Hall
Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes was one of three Irish talents tipped for great things
Three members of the Irish film industry have made the London Film Festival’s Rising Stars list.

‘What Richard Did’ actor Jack Reynor, ‘Pilgrim Hill’ filmmaker Gerard Barrett and ‘Kelly + Victor’ actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes have made the top 10, as officially selected by the BFI London Film Festival.

Wicklow-native Reynor has been enjoying the recent success of his lead role as privileged Dublin teen Richard Karlsen in Lenny Abrahamson’s dramatic feature ‘What Richard Did’. Reynor signed to top talent agency WME in the US after the film’s premiere in Toronto, joining stars such as Christian Bale and Ben Affleck who are also on the agency’s books.

The 20 year-old has also nabbed a role in a big-budget feature which is currently shooting in New York, but details of the film are being kept under wraps for now. His previous film roles include Kirsten Sheridan’s ‘Dollhouse’ and short film ‘Stella’.

‘What Richard Did’ screened at the London Film Festival yesterday (October 15).

Gerard Barrett, whose debut film ‘Pilgrim Hill’ was first recognised at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, has already gained recognition outside of Ireland having signed with Martin Scorsese’s agent at WME last month.

The 24 year-old Kerry-native brought his film to the US last month where it received its US premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. ‘Pilgrim Hill’ will screen at the London Festival on October 17.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes, from Co Derry, has been making a name for herself in the UK for the last numbers of years, with roles in Venom Films’ ‘Kelly + Victor’, Jack Dee’s ‘Lead Balloon’, and Glenn Closes’ ‘Albert Nobbs’.

She is currently filming ‘3096’ with director Sherry Hormann (Desert Flower), a biopic based on the life of kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch. Campbell-Hughes’ ‘Kelly + Victor’ co-star Julian Morris is also listed in the top ten Rising Stars.

‘Kelly + Victor’ will screen at the festival today (October 16).

The BFI London Film Festival kicked off on October 10 and runs until October 21. As previously reported on IFTN, it will screen a record 14 Irish films over the 11-day period. The full Rising Stars top 10, as chosen by the BFI London Film festival, is as follows:

Riz Ahmed – ‘Reluctant Fundamentalist’
James Floyd – ‘My Brother The Devil’
Jeremy Irvine – ‘Great Expectations’
Tom Shkolnik – ‘The Comedian’
Jack Reynor – ‘What Richard Did’
Benh Zeitlin – ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Quvenzhanè Wallis - ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Gerard Barrett – ‘Pilgrim Hill’
Antonia Campbell-Hughes & Julian Morris – ‘Kelly + Victor’

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