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Irish film ‘The Hallow’ wins Best Horror at 2016 Empire Awards
24 Mar 2016 : Seán Brosnan
Director Corin Hardy with the Empire Award
‘The Hallow’, filmed in Galway and co-produced by Fantastic Films with funding from the IFB, has been named Best Horror Film at the Empire Awards which took place recently in London.

The Empire Awards is an annual British awards ceremony honouring cinematic achievements in the local and global film industry. The awards are presented by the British film magazine Empire with the winners voted by the readers of the magazine.

Written and directed by 2011 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Corin Hardy in his feature film debut, ‘The Hallow’ tells the story of a London-based conservationist who is sent to Ireland to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground and unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to protect his family. Windmill Lane was across picture edit on the film, while Ardmore Sound was across sound post, picking up an IFTA nomination recently for their work.

Corin Hardy was nominated for the Best Debut Director award for ‘The Hallow’ at the British Independent Film Awards 2015. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015 and has also screened at international festivals including Film4 Frightfest and South Korea's Busan International Film Festival.

It has also earned positive reviews from Screen International and Variety with The Hollywood Reporter writing that the film would have the audience “clamouring for a sequel”.

‘The Hallow’ was written by Corin Hardy and Felipe Marino and produced by John McDonnell, Brendan McCarthy, Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter. Production companies were Fantastic Films and Occupant Entertainment and it was financed by the Irish Film Board, Prescience, Altus Media, Hyperion, Windmill Lane and Studio Solas.

Check out our interview with director Corin Hardy about ‘The Hallow’ here.

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