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IFTA Film & Drama Awards Focus: Production Design Nominees #IFTA17
21 Mar 2017 : Laura Brennan
'Vikings' Set
As the 2017 IFTA Film & Drama Awards gets closer (Saturday, April 8) we continue our coverage of the ceremony by looking at the nominees of the Production Design category.

This year’s nominee’s feature; a first time IFTA nomination for Mark Kelly for his work on ‘An Klondike’ Series 2, Anna Rackard, the lone female within the category receives her fourth IFTA nomination for her work on ‘Love & Friendship’, Mark Geraghty a previous winner celebrates his sixth IFTA nomination this time for his work on ‘Vikings’ and Derek Wallace receives his second IFTA nomination for ‘The Secret Scripture’, the race for this year’s IFTA for Best Production Design is drawing close to call.

Mark Geraghty,   ‘Vikings’ Season 4

Mark has worked designing films for acclaimed directors with credits including; transformed Irish countrysides into French islands for ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, army barracks to 19th century crime havens for the BBC’s ‘Ripper Street’, and used a Wicklow-based studio for the backdrop of 50 Cent’s New York-set ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Other credits include John Michael McDonagh’s   ‘Calvary’, 'Tristan and Isolde', 'Into The West', 'An Awfully Big Adventure', 'In America', 'The Snapper' and 'The Van'.

This is Mark’s sixth IFTA nomination and his second for Best Production Design for ‘Vikings’ which he was last nominated for back in 2015. The year before that in 2014 he received a Best Production Design nomination for his work on ‘Ripper Street’. In 2003, Mark received his first IFTA nomination for Best Art Direction for ‘Home for Christmas’. He then went on to win two IFTA’s over the next following year’s one in 2007 for Best Production Design for Film for ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and then in 2013 he won Best Production Design for his work on ‘Ripper Street’.

IFTN previously caught up with Mark for an informative Production Designer Q&A.

Mark also more recently did a career advice piece for IFTN in our Making The Cut series which you can also read here.

Mark Kelly, ‘An Klondike 2’

Mark has extensive experience as an Art Director and in production design. Recent credits include 'Bridget and Eamon', 'The Flag', ‘Mammal’, Pursuit’ and ‘The Lobster’. This is Mark’s first IFTA nomination.  Raisded on a stud farm on The Curragh in County Kildare, he graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street in 1998 and worked for several years as a Production Manager in the Printing and Graphics Industry. In 2002 Mark started pursuing his interest in film. He began training with The Irish Film Actors Studio and Screen Training Ireland, gaining experience on over 200 TV commercials and corporate videos.

His work on on ‘An Klondike 2’ featured a big set build of the new baths in Dominion. In an interview with IFTN Director Dathaí Keane noted the scale and significance of the set within the ‘An Klondike’ story: “In the third episode of the new season the town of Dominion is hit by a raging storm and when we were writing the scripts I knew that we were creating potential headaches for ourselves by making this big set-piece such a pivotal part of the story.”

With ‘An Klondike 2’ nominated for 10 IFTA’s at this year’s awards including Best Drama, the Irish speaking western drama could be expecting to come into its own gold rush.  

You can read our full interview with ‘An Klondike’ Director Dathaí Keane here.


Anna Rackard, ‘Love & Friendship’

Anna Rackard's design credits include; 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle', 'Love & Friendship', 'Stella Days' and 'Ondine'. Her TV drama work includes 'A Dangerous Fortune', 'Foyle's War' and 'George Gently'.

Anna won an IFTA in 2010 for her role as production designer in ‘Ondine’, she has also worked as production designer on ‘Inspector George Gently’ and ‘Rough Diamond’. As an Art Director Anna has worked on credits such as ‘Leap Year’, ‘The Butcher Boy’ and ‘Ella Enchanted’ and as Supervising Art Director on ‘King Arthur’ and ‘The Escapist’.

This is Anna’s fourth IFTA nomination. As previous winner of the category in 2010, she also won Best Production Design (Film/TV Drama) for ‘Stella Days’ in 2012. Her first IFTA nomination was
for Best Production Design for Film back in 2005 for her work on ‘Boy Eats Girl’.

So far Anna’s work on ‘Love & Friendship’ has received her  three other nominations for Best Production Design at the 2016 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, the 2017 Chlotrudis Awards and nominated for Best Art Direction/Production Design at the 2016 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

‘Love & Friendship’ has received four nominations at this year’s IFTA awards including a nod for Best film for Katie Holly & Lauranne Bourrachot.

Derek Wallace, ‘The Secret Scripture’

Derek's career as a Production Designer began with 'The General' in 1998. Derek then collaborated with John Boorman on three more films, 'The Tailor of Panama', 'In My Country' and 'Two Nudes Bathing'.

Receiving his first IFTA nomination in 2016 for Best Production Design (Film/TV Drama) for his work on ‘Rebellion’ he was tasked with turning modern-day Dublin into an embattled 1916 Dublin. Derek has previously worked on dramas such as ‘Single Handed’, ‘Jack Taylor’ and ‘Charlie’ as well as films such as ‘Triage’, ‘Tara Road’ and ‘Good Vibrations’.

This year Derek’s second IFTA nomination if for his work on Jim Sherdian’s ‘The Secret Scripture’ which has a total of five nominations at this year’s awards including nominations for Best Director Film for Jim Sherdian, as well as Editing, Costume Design and Original Music.

For a full list of #IFTA17 Nominees visit the Official IFTA Website 

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