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IFTA Awards Focus: Best Writer Drama
15 May 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Stuart Carolan (‘Love/Hate’) is nominated alongside Tom Collins/Eoin McNamee/Paul Walker (‘An Bronntanas’), Colin Murphy (‘The Guarantee’) and Colin Teevan (‘Charlie’)
Continuing our coverage of this year’s IFTA Film & Drama Awards which is just over a week away (May 24), IFTN takes a look at the men who penned some of the most watched and acclaimed TV dramas over the past 12 months as we take a peek at the nominees of the Best Writer Drama category.

The nominees are Stuart Carolan (‘Love/Hate’), Tom Collins, Eoin McNamee and Paul Walker (‘An Bronntanas’), Colin Murphy (‘The Guarantee’) and Colin Teevan (‘Charlie’).

Stuart Carolan is the acclaimed writer and creator of landmark RTÉ gangster drama ‘Love/Hate’, which had some episodes in season four and five garnering over one million viewers and 50% audience share in 2013 and 2014.

The show has also been a hit internationally selling to over 30 countries including the UK, Norway, Australia, Middle East (including over 20 countries from India to Yemen), Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Brazil along with Hulu, Netflix and Amazon in the US. There is also a US remake currently in development with Dennis Lehane slated to pen the script.

With previous credits including ‘Raw’ and ‘Little White Lie’ (for which he received an IFTA nomination in 2009), Carolan is gunning for a record-breaking fourth IFTA Award in a row this year for his work in ‘Love/Hate’.

‘An Bronntanas’ writers Tom Collins, Eoin McNamee and Paul Walker have watched their Irish-language Celtic noir go from strength to strength since premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh last year.

The film version of the series was selected as Ireland’s foreign language submission to the Oscars while the five part TG4 series broadcast at the end of last year receiving both strong critical acclaim and high audience figures with an impressive six-fold increase among 15-34-year-old audiences. French distributor Lagardère Entertainment (LE) Rights also sealed a deal last month to take the series worldwide.

Tom Collins (who also directed the series) was nominated for three IFTA’s in 2008 (Best Film, Best Script and Best Director for Irish-language film ‘Kings’ starring Colm Meaney). Other credits include ‘The Boys of St Columb's’, ‘Teenage Kicks’ and ‘Hush A Bye Baby’. His writing partner Eoin McNamee is celebrating his first IFTA nomination this year and has also previously written episodes of new TV3 soap ‘Red Rock’. Paul Walker has previously written the IFTA-winning television drama serial ‘Stardust’ and has also written episodes of ‘Fair City’, ‘The Clinic’ and ‘Ros na Run’.

‘The Guarantee’ is playwright Colin Murphy’s first screenplay. Murphy is a political and theatre journalist and ‘The Guarantee’ is adapted from his own acclaimed theatre production 'Guaranteed'.

His first film was undoubtedly successful garnering a theatrical release as well as positive reviews. The issues raised in the film (which chronicled the night in 2008 the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system) sparked a national discussion with journalist Vincent Browne hosting a special debate on the film’s events after it aired on TV3 earlier this year.

Producer John Kelleher – when speaking to IFTN last year - spoke of his hopes that Murphy would write a sequel to ‘The Guarantee’ entitled ‘The Bailout’.

Rounding out the list of nominated writers is Colin Teevan, writer of acclaimed political biopic ‘Charlie’ which chronicled former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey’s turbulent years in power in the 1980’s.

Three-part series ‘Charlie’ was praised when broadcasted earlier this year with The Irish Times calling the drama “riveting”. It also had a series high of 724,000 people watching when it aired on RTÉ in January.

Also an award-winning playwright, Teevan’s work has been produced by leading theatres including the National, the Young Vic, the Soho Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland. Television credits include ‘Single Handed’ for RTÉ, ‘Silk’ for the BBC, and ‘Vera’ for ITV.

The IFTA Film & Drama Awards takes place on Sunday, May 24 with TV3 airing a one hour special on the ceremony on Monday, June 1st.





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