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IFTA welcomes Oscar-nominated Production Designer Peter Francis for Skills in Focus: Production Design event
10 Sep 2021 : News Desk
Oscar nominee Peter Francis will join IFTA for Skills in Focus: Production Design.
On September 16th, the Irish Film & Television will welcome celebrated Production Designer Peter Francis for an in conversation as part of the latest Skills in Focus event, in association with Screen Skills Ireland.

Peter Francis has worked in the industry on set design and production for over 20 years, with credits on some of Hollywood's biggest films. His most recent work on The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman, earned him a nomination for Best Achievement in Production Design at the 93rd Academy Awards . His production design on the film was widely acclaimed for deliberately disorientating the audience to capture the perspective of Hopkins’ character.

From the early 90’s, Francis worked in the art department of major blockbusters such as David Fincher’s Alien 3, and Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Francis also cultivated early set design credits on Mary Shelley’s Frankentein, GoldenEye, and Titanic. Francis went on to be the Art director of Enemy at the Gates starring Jude Law, the first two films in the Harry Potter franchise, (The Philosopher’s Stone; The Chamber of Secrets) Hellboy, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and Casino Royale

As a production designer, Francis began on short films before working on features Mindhorn and The Pass in 2016. In 2017, he worked on The Mercy from director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, and The Children Act starring Emma Thompson.

The event is moderated by award-winning, Irish production designer, Tom Conroy.

Conroy has designed many productions including television series The Vikings and Camelot; feature films Legend, Breakfast On Pluto, Inside I’m Dancing and East Is East. Tom has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, winning in 2010 for The Tudors. He won the IFTA Award in 2015 for his work on Legend, starring Tom Hardy. 


Click here to RSVP for the online event.

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