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SDGI present Foras na Gaeilge Award to Tom Collins
24 Jun 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Writer/director/producer Tom Collins has been honoured for Outstanding Contribution in the Irish language in Film and TV
The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) has presented the Foras na Gaeilge Award to Irish director and producer Tom Collins in recognition for his Outstanding Contribution in the Irish language in Film and TV.

The award was presented to Tom by ‘Love/Hate’ creator and writer Stuart Carolan.

Hailed for his Irish language films ‘Kings’ (2007) and the award winning film ‘Hush-a-Bye-Baby’ (1992), most recently Collins has had success with the award-winning Irish noir crime drama ‘An Bronntanas’, which was adapted for a five part thriller series for TG4 that has now been picked up by French distributor Lagardère Entertainment.

Directed by Collins and starring Dara Devaney (‘Na Cloigne’), Owen McDonnell (‘Single Handed’) and John Finn (‘Cold Case’), ‘An Bronntanas’ tells the story of the crew of a local independent lifeboat in Connemara who find over a million euro worth of drugs on an abandoned fishing boat.

Speaking about the award, Tom said: “It is great to be honoured by The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland. Thanks to Stuart Carolan for presenting the award as without doubt he, through ‘Love/Hate’, has changed the face of Irish TV drama.”

“While my own Irish skills are not as good as they should be, I enjoyed directing ‘Aimhairghin’, ‘Kings’, and ‘An Bronntanas’, although the real work has been accomplished by those who tried to teach me Irish over the years, from irate Christian Brothers to patient commissioning editors, fellow film makers and some confused actors. For me it's all about the work, which is about creating a reflection of a modern Irish cultural identity that can travel beyond borders, history and these shores.”

The award was presented at Filmbase on June 24 with SDGI Director Birch Hamilton also in attendance.

Speaking about the award, Birch Hamilton said: “It’s wonderful to present this award to Tom Collins for his outstanding efforts in Irish Language. He started his career in TG4 and has now become one of the finest directing talents in Ireland.”

Previous winners of the award include Louis Marcus (Oscar Nominated director of ‘Paisti ag Obair’) and Colm Bairead (director of ‘Lorg nag Cos: Súil Siar ar Mise Éire’, ‘Screwed’).

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