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Galway Film Fleadh announces 2020 Jury Panel; Ruth Negga, Liam Cunningham feature
01 Jul 2020 : News Desk
Ruth Negga and Liam Cunningham named on Fleadh July.
The 2020 Galway Film Fleadh jury will consist of a host of Hollywood A-listers and the cream of Irish talent as part of this year’s online edition.

The Fleadh jury will consist of Keith Carradine, Kirsten Smith, Michael Smiley, Allison Anders, Fionnula Flanagan, Ruth Negga, Laura Ní Cheallaigh, Liam Cunningham, and Stuart Forrest.

Speaking about the announcement, Miriam Allen, Galway Film Fleadh said:

“We are grateful to our jury members for their participation in our competitive sections. Their positive and enthusiastic response to our invitation highlights the international interest in the Irish film industry and its creative output”.

Read about the panellists below:

Keith Carradine

Part of the Carradine dynasty of actors, the multi-talented Keith Carradine was born in California in 1949. He has starred in over seventy feature films including Thieves Like Us, Nashville, Welcome to LA, Pretty Baby, and The Duellists. More recently, he has appeared in Aint Them Bodies Saints, Cowboys and Aliens, and A Quiet Passion. Carradine also wrote and sang “I’m Easy”, for the film, Nashville, which won an Academy Award for best original song, in 1975. He has just finished production in Jane Campion’s new film, The Power of the Dog.

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith co-wrote the films Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s the Man, Ella Enchanted, The Ugly Truth and The House Bunny. More recently, Smith executive produced and co-created Trinkets, a Netflix series based on her YA novel. She is co-author of two comic book series, Misfit City and Smooth Criminals, as well as being an accomplished poet.

Michael Smiley

Michael Smiley, perhaps best known for his acclaimed performance as Gal in Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, also played Benny Silver in the BBC series Luther. In 2018, he starred as corrupt politician, Gits Hegarty, in Morgan Bushe’s Belly of the Whale. More recently, smiley wrapped filming Bloodlands for BBC2 and will soon hit our TV screens playing Brock Blennerhasset, a post-mortem photographer, in the darkly comic crime-thriller Dead Still. Other recent credits include Death and Nightingales and Free Fire in which he starred alongside Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy.  

Allison Anders

Allison Anders is an award-winning screenwriter and film and TV director, whose work includes; Gas Food Lodging, Mi Vida Loca, and Grace of My Heart. She's directed episodes of TV, including Sex and the City, Orange is the New Black, Southland, Riverdale, The Affair, and Mayans. She was nominated for an Emmy for Best Director for the Lifetime movie Ring of Fire. She's a MacArthur Fellow and a Peabody Award Winner.

Fionnula Flanagan

Dublin-born Fionnula Flanagan has enjoyed a long and illustrious career on stage and screen. She made her debut on the Hollywood stage in 1968 in Brian Friel’s Lovers. In 1985 she won international acclaim for her role in James Joyce’s Women, in which she played six different women, all of whom had a significant impact on Joyce’s life. Besides her award-winning performance, Flanagan also wrote, adapted and starred in both the stage and screen versions of Joyce’s Women. Following such successes, she appeared in many films, including, Waking Ned Devine, The Guard, and Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’. Still extremely busy, Flanagan has recently featured in Sandrine Dumas’s, Sing me Back Home, the superhero comedy Supervized and Ben McPherson’s apocalyptic Radioflash. 

Ruth Negga

Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga began her career in 2004 in the film Capital Letters before going on to star in Breakfast on Pluto, Isolation, and Warcraft. In 2016, she brilliantly portrayed Mildred Loving in Loving, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award for best female lead.

Negga has also starred in many television roles, including Rosie in Love/Hate. In 2012, she won an IFTA for her portrayal of Dame Shirley Bassey in Shirley. From 2013, she played the role of Raina in 17 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  2016-2019 saw her play Tulip O’Hare in Preacher, which she also executive produced. Her latest film, Passing, is in post-production.

Laura Ní Cheallaigh

Laura Ní Cheallaigh is a Commissioning Editor with TG4, developing, commissioning and managing a slate of factual, music, historical and entertainment projects for the national and international market.  She is also responsible for Acquisitions, complementing the indigenous content in the TG4 schedule with the best of drama, documentaries, lifestyle, and films from around the world.

Prior to taking up her role with TG4, Laura was an award-winning freelance producer/director focusing particularly on documentary and arts projects.  Credits include IFTA and Celtic Media Award-winning documentary ‘Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste, musical entertainment series ‘Ceolchuairt’ and the IFTA winning ‘The High Hopes Choir’.

Liam Cunningham

Having initially pursued a career as an electrician, multi-award-winning Irish stage and screen actor, Liam Cunningham made his first movie appearance in 1992 playing a policeman in, Into the West. He has since appeared in many wonderful films, such as A little Princess (1995), Jude (1996), Dog Soldiers (2002), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), and Hunger (2008). He has also starred in The Guard (2011), Good Vibrations,(2013), and 24 Hours to Live (2017).

Cunningham has also appeared in many TV shows, playing President Richard Tate in the BBC’s Outcasts and most famously from 2012-2019, he portrayed smuggler Davos Seaworth in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Among many other roles, he has also found the time to appear as Captain Zhukov in Dr Who and as a sorcerer in five episodes of Merlin. Most recently, it has been revealed that Cunningham will voice Man-At Arms in the Netflix animated series Masters of the Universe.

Stuart Forrest

Stuart Forrest is the CEO of Triggerfish Animation, the largest animation studio in Africa.  He is the producer of two of Africa’s most successful film exports, Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba. 
He co-founded non-profits Animation SA, the Triggerfish Academy, and the Triggerfish Foundation, and has given talks around the world on storytelling for an international audience.  

Triggerfish’s work for BBC One Christmas specials has been nominated for an Oscar, won 2 International Emmy’s, and a BAFTA award, among many others. Triggerfish is currently in production on a feature film, Seal Team, and Africa’s first original animated TV series for Netflix, - Mama K’s Team 4.





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