Last night the Irish Film and Television Academy announced the winners of its annual awards for 2020. The ceremony taking place via online video conferencing platforms and hosted by Deirdre O\'Kane from Dublin. Not too unusually the winners were unable to attend tonight but sent the following message from ... LA ... well perhaps not. Black 47, Ordinary Love, Rialto, The Virtues, Never Grow Old and Arracht each took two awards each. Black 47 and Ordinary Love picking up Best Film with Blood taking best Drama series.
The Irish based drama series from the BBC and Screen Ireland, Normal People, has been nominated for four Emmy awards, which will take place on 20th September 2020. The series nominees are Paul Mescal for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Lenny Abrahamson for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, Sally Rooney and Alice Birch are nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special and The series also received a nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special.
Ireland's Film and Television Academy have announced the nominees for the IFTA Awards 2020. Film and Scripted TV Drama awards sees Irish Language film Arracht gain the most nomination in the film category with 11 nominations, while Blood gets 5 nominations in the Drama category. Other films nominated include: - Rosie with 9 nominations, The Hole in The Ground 7, Black 47 6, Calm with Horses and Ordinary Love both receive 5 and Float like a Butterfly, Never Grow Old and The Dig receives 4 Nominations.
Sony Movies are to make a full debut on September 10th, its new line up will include Sony Movies, Sony Movies Action and until January 2020, Sony Movies Christmas. The channels will take over from the TRUE Entertainment set of channels, TRUE Movies. The line up is available via Free to Air Satellite in Ireland.
Entertainment One have released the trailer for Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You. Following from his 2016 film I, Daniel Blake. The film stars Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone and Katie Proctor. Written by Paul Laverty. Ricky and his family are struggling against debt since 2008's downturn, he sees an opportunity to run his own franchise.
Irish and Scottish producers took 8 gongs each at the Celtic Media Festival in Aviemore. Ireland took home the awards for TV Comedy (BBC NI's Soft Boarder), Current Affairs (RTÉ's Carers in Crisis), Factual Entertainment (RTÉ's The Rotunada), History (Channel 4's The Ballymurphy Precedent), Radio Comedy (BBC Ulster's A Perforated Ulster), Radio Documentary (RTÉ's Doc on One, In Shame, Love, In Shame), Radio Magazine Show (BBC Ulster's The John Toal Show), Film Documentary (The Man Who Wanted To Fly) and Spirit of the Festival for TG4's Lomax in Éirinn.