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Award Winners Announced Ahead of Irish Film Festival London
14 Nov 2019 : News Desk
The Irish Film Festival London (IFFL) has announced the winners for the 2019 Irish Film London Awards ahead of the festival next weekend.

The awards ceremony, held on Tuesday 12th November in the grand Ballroom of the Irish Embassy in London, attracted a host of Irish creative talent including Laura Whitmore, Diarmaid Murtagh and Ros Hubbard. Hosted by the Irish Ambassador Adrian O’Neill, the ceremony is a key part of the annual Irish Film Festival London, the largest international festival of Irish film in the world.

A Bump Along the Way, a tenacious, heart-warming comedy about a middle-aged single mother who finds herself pregnant again, picked up theBest Feature Film Award, in association with HUNCH Poitin. The film is directed by Shelley Love, produced by Louise Gallagher, and stars Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments, Pulp Fiction, The Personal History of David Copperfield)and Lola Petticrew(Here Are the Young Men; The Return of The Yuletide Kid).

The Suil Eile Award, in association with Corrigan’s of Mayfair, this year went to quirky supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary, directed by Mike Ahernand Enda Loughman. The ‘wildcard’ award, is presented every year to a film or a filmmaker thatit is felt deserves recognition outside of the regular awards. 

The Best Documentary Award, in association with Tourism Ireland, was won by Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody. An elegant and beautifully captured visual love poem to the city and its artistic legacy, the feature doc sees contributions from Tommy Tiernan, Mike McCormack, Rita Ann Higgins, Róisín Seoighe, Noeline Kavanagh, Pádraic Reaney, Máirtín O’Connor. It is directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin and produced by Paddy Hayes.

Receiving the award at the Irish Embassy in London, Ó Coileáin said: 

“It is of particular significance to be selected for this award in London, a city so central to Irish artistic endeavour.  In the years following the Second World War, many of our musicians and artists came here to make a living. It’s against this rich background that ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ screens in London.”

The Best Short Film Award, run in association with Cara Personnel and CKO, was won by Cynthia,a drama set across one fraught evening among friends, starring Moe Dunford, one of the rising names of Irish film and recently announced as a new patron for the IFFL. Cynthiais directed by Jack Hickey and produced by Lara Hickey who attended to receive their award on awards night.

For the second year running, the festival has teamed up with The Irish Jam team for the Best Irish Music Video Award, which this year went to the video for The Young Peoplefrom the band Lankum and directed by Bob Gallagher.

The final award of the night, the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting was given to Actress and broadcaster Laura Whitmore. Famously of MTV Europe and ITV, Whitmore was awarded for her debut performance in Sadhbh, an extraordinary short film, which she also wrote, about a young mother struggling to keep things together under challenging personal circumstances.  

This award is chosen and presented by the legendary casting director Ros Hubbard The Commitments; The Lord of the Rings; The Bourne Supremacy),who is a huge supporter of the IFFLand its original patron. Previous winners of the Acting award include Young Offendersstars Chris WalleyandAlex Murphy, Jacob McCarthy (The Drummer and the Keeper, AP Bio) andSarah Greene (Rosie, Dublin Murders).

Kelly O’Connor, Founder and Director of the IFFL, said:

“The judges this year had a really tough time deciding on their final choices, just because of the sheer quality of the films. We are proud to once again be the showcase for such a brilliant and unique display of Irish screen talent here in the UK.” 

All of the award-winning films feature in the line-up for the 2019 Irish Film London Festival. The festival, now in its ninth year, returns to its established home, the Regent Street Cinema, and runs from Wednesday 20thNovember to Sunday 24thNovember. 

The opening night will be the UK premiere of Heyday, The Mic Christopher Story, followed by a short performance of Mic Christopher songs by Irish musician Gemma Hayes and friends. 

Visit the Irish Film London website for more details on the festival 

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