DONEGAL MOVIE MAN TOPS THE ‘IFTAS’ WITH NINE NOMINATIONS

first_imgSiobhan O Kelly and Dara Devanney star in An Klondike.A proud Donegal man is the talk of the Irish movie and television community after his project bagged nine nominations for the upcoming Irish Film and Television Awards.Rathmullan man Pierce Boyce’s latest TV drama, An Klondike, is Ireland’s first fully-fledged western.The television drama aired on TG4 back in September and now has nine IFTA nominations for the upcoming awards on in the Mansion House on April 9th. It is the most this year for any single project beating the like of Brooklyn, Room, Rebellion, Vikings, Game of Thrones, The Lobster.Pierce and his team at Abú Media who produced it are delighted with the nominations.Producer Pierce said “We are thrilled with the nominations, especially in a year that has seen Irish film and drama reach new heights. To be competing with Oscar nominated films and big budget TV drama from the UK and USA is a testament to how hard all the team of Cast and Crew on An Klondike worked during the entire production process.”The nominations are for: Best TV DramaTV Drama Director – Dathai KeaneBest Actor in TV Drama – Dara Devanney (picture attached)Best Supporting Actor in TV Drama – Robert O MahonyBest Supporting Actress in a Feature Film – Siobhan O Kelly (picture attached)Best Script TV Drama – Marcus FlemingProduction Design – Padraig O NeillCostume Design – Triona LillisHair and Make Up – Ailbhe Fitzpatrick / Steph SmithJulian Black Antelope, Dara Devanney, Owen mc Donnell, Sean T O’Meallaigh star in An Klondike.The series is being sold internationally on behalf of Abú Media by Content Media Corporation and has been taken up in USA, Netflix in UK and other deals are pending in Europe and Asia. The second season is about to start filming in late May and will broadcast on TG4 later this year.Pierce continues “It was a huge undertaking to try something so ambitious on the limited budget we had but we did it! We built the frontier town out in Oughterard and it’s still standing for the shoot this year.“The idea for the series was inspired by Micí Mac Gabhann’s “Rotha Mór an tSaoil” so it’s Donegal all the way. We are really looking forward to starting the new season of filming and this recognition is a massive boost to everyone involved in the process. We were also shortlisted last week for the Best Drama at the Celtic Media Festival which takes place in Ireland this year but we are again up against the best of Scotland, Wales and UK for this so there is no easy wins to be had.”An Klondike is the first Western to be made in Ireland and tells the story of the Connolly Brothers; three Irish emigrants who travel from Montana to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890’s in the hope of striking it rich. In 1897 gold was discovered in the wilds of Northern Alaska and immediately the stampede began. Over 100,000 adventurers, gamblers, con men and fortune-hunters struck out for the remote Klondike Valley gold fields. Amongst them were thousands of Irish emigrants like the Connolly brothers who undertook the dangerous journey to the heart of the Yukon in search of gold and adventure.An Klondike follows the Connolly brothers from Montana to Dominion Creek, a town on which they will leave a permanent mark. Dominion Creek is a town built on greed in a land that God, if he exists there, has created in anger. The Connollys arrival in Dominion sets in motion a chain of events that leads to a deadly showdown with Jacob Hopkins, the man who runs the town.DONEGAL MOVIE MAN TOPS THE ‘IFTAS’ WITH NINE NOMINATIONS was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalIFTAsPierce BoyceRathmullanlast_img read more

FEMA hotel stays set to halt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals FEMA says people who are properly registered and are eligible for aid will have the assistance they need to move on to other temporary housing. As of midweek, 41,000 hotel rooms were occupied under the hotel program, FEMA spokeswoman Nicol Andrews said Thursday. Bartley, however, told U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval that she hasn’t received any other aid from FEMA and doesn’t know when she’ll get the $2,000-plus check for apartment rentals promised to those displaced by the storm. A letter dated Dec. 2 told her she could stay in her hotel room until Jan. 7, she said, but another dated three days later said she would have to leave by Dec. 15. “We had a life. We had stability,” Bartley said. Then, breaking into tears, she added: “My son is looking forward to Christmas. I can’t even give him a Christmas.” Under questioning from government attorney Scott Simmons, Bartley said she was fired from her job at a New Orleans nursing home because she could not return to the city. She acknowledged that she had not contacted her employer since then to discuss the possibility of getting the job back. HOUMA, La. – Lawyers for Hurricane Katrina evacuees still staying in hotels urged a judge Friday to keep the program going beyond next month’s deadline, saying federal officials may fail to find replacement housing for people still in desperate need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to end the program Jan. 7 in the 10 states with the most evacuees, and by Dec. 15 elsewhere. Evacuees’ attorneys want a temporary order extending the hotel program, which has cost $350 million so far and housed 85,000 families at its peak. They say FEMA has failed to provide aid to many who qualify and that information on aid has been slow to reach those who need it most. Lenora Bartley, who is pregnant, estranged from her husband and has been jobless since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, testified that the hotel room the federal government is providing for her in San Antonio is the only home available for her and her 8-year-old son. Government lawyers say the lawsuit should be dismissed under laws that protect government agencies from liability in the performance of their duties. The judge is expected to rule early next week. FEMA said it would ask radio stations to air a public service announcement notifying evacuees that Jan. 6 will be the last night it will pay for their hotel rooms. FEMA originally set a Dec. 1 deadline for ending the hotel program, but stung by critics who said that would result in mass evictions, the agency extended the deadline to Dec. 15. Evacuees in 10 states – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas – could apply for extensions to Jan. 7. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more