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'Maudie' leads Irish Film and Television Academy awards nominations

Full list of nominations revealed for 15th edition of awards.

The Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) has unveiled the nominations for its 2018 film and drama awards.

Source: Sony Pictures Classics


Now in its 15th year, the event celebrates the best in Irish film and TV from the past 12 months.

In the film categories, Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins, leads the way with six nominations including best feature film and director.

Cardboard Gangsters, Handsome Devil, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Farthest follow with five nominations, while The Drummer And The Keeper, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Maze and Michael Inside received four apiece.

The Lodgers, Pilgrimage, Song Of Granite all received three nods, while Lady Bird received two.

In the drama categories, Vikings leads the way on six nominations including best drama, while Game Of Thrones and Peaky Blinders received five each. Paula received four, Acceptable Risk and [link=tt
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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October
Sure, there's a chewy Lgbtq true-crime doc, a stand-up comic's most personal special yet, another new anthology show, a late-night talkfest starring Sarah Silverman, a standout movie from Noah Baumbach and not one but two historical serial-killer dramas. But what you're waiting for is the return of Stranger Things, and rest assured, you're about to have your Reagan-era nostalgia itch oh-so-mightily scratched. Here's the lowdown on what you'll be streaming over the next month.

Acceptable Risk (Acorn, Oct. 16th)

Say a guy gets killed while on business in Berlin. Chances
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Win Mum’s List on DVD

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To celebrate the DVD & Digital HD release of Mum’S List on Monday 20th March, we are offering 3 lucky winners a chance to win a copy of the DVD!

One of the most memorable, beautiful and heart-warming stories of recent years; Mum’s List tells the real life story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few months, she created her list: writing down her thoughts and memories to help the man she loved create the best life possible for him and their two sons, after she was gone.

Written and directed by Niall Johnson (White Noise; Keeping Mum), Mum’s List stars Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox and Elaine Cassidy. Published by Penguin Books in 2012 in the United Kingdom, the book Mum’s List entered the UK Amazon
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Elaine Cassidy Interview – No Offence return + musical Strangeways Here We Come

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Right from its opening scene – where a suspect is chased under a bus and his head squashed like a jam doughnut – No Offence marked itself out as a gripping cop show like no other. The brainchild of ShamelessPaul Abbott, it smashes together lightning-paced police drama with dark comedy and lashings of soap opera. At the centre is impulsive detective constable Dinah Kowalska, played by Elaine Cassidy, who we caught up with on the phone ahead of the second series beginning tonight (January 4th) on Channel 4. Key to No Offence’s success, she told us, was the Paul Abbott factor.

“It is like when you really like a band and you are waiting for their next album,” she said. “No Offence felt like his next album after Shameless, even though he has written films and stuff since. Paul’s writing is unique. It is just about three degrees left of reality.
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Premiere Interviews: Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox & more for Mum’s List

We present our red carpet interviews from the premiere of Mum’s List, held at the Washington Hotel in London’s Mayfair last night. The film stars Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox and Elaine Cassidy, it was directed by Niall Johnson who adapted the book by St John Greene. Mum’s List tells the true story of the life […]

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Movie Review – Mum’s List (2016)

Mum’s List, 2016.

Directed by Niall Johnson.

Starring Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox, Elaine Cassidy, Ross McCormack, Sophie Simnett.


Based on the book of the same name, the film tells the true story of a mother leaving a legacy for her husband and sons when she dies of cancer.

Tissues at the ready for Mum’s List, the British weepie of the year. There won’t be a dry eye in the house although, for those reluctant to show their emotions in public, the over-loud soundtrack will disguise at least some of the snuffles.

It’s a cinematic memory box, about the real-life couple Singe (Rafe Spall) and wife Kate (Emilia Fox), teenage sweethearts who eventually married. They longed for a family and they had two boys, although a shadow clouded over their happiness when the older one was diagnosed with cancer. Even though he made a full recovery, it
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Netflix's Jamie Dornan war-drama 'Jadotville' to screen at Galway

Netflix's Jamie Dornan war-drama 'Jadotville' to screen at Galway
Festival guests will include director Jim Sheridan and actress Ruth Negga.

Netflix-acquired war-drama The Siege of Jadotville - which tells the true story of a battalion under attack in the Congo in the 1960s - leads a strong line-up of Irish cinema at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh (July 5 - 10).

The film stars Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led an Irish battalion of United Nations soldiers during a tense stand-off against local troops and foreign mercenaries in the Congo in 1961.

The Parallel Film-produced title, a directorial debut by Richie Smyth based on the novel by Irish journalist Declan Power, will have a special screening at the Fleadh.

It is one of several Irish films that will bow at the Fleadh, which runs from July 5th-10th. The festival will also focus on world cinema and Finnish cinema. Guests include director Jim Sheridan, actress Ruth Negga and screenwriter Kirsten Smith.

Property Of The State, a drama
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First Look: Park Chan-wook's New Film 'The Handmaid'

It has been a few years since Park Chan-Wook went Hollywood with his severely heightened melodramatic thriller "Stoker," and not much has been heard from the director since. We knew filming had started on his next effort, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel "Fingersmith," but hadn't been playing close attention. So this first look at the film is a nice surprise.  Read More: Sundance Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri star in the movie which is set during the Japanese rule of Korea and follows a handmaid who employs the services of an heiress, con man and pickpocket. Waters' novel has previously been adapted in a 3-hour BBC production starring Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Charles Dance and Rupert Evans. But clearly Chan-Wook is putting his own mark on the material.
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'Mum's List' starring Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox begins shoot

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'Mum's List' starring Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox begins shoot
Drama directed by Niall Johnson is based on a true story.

British drama Mum’s List has begun shooting with stars Rafe Spall (Prometheus) and Emilia Fox (The Pianist).

The film, written and directed by Niall Johnson (White Noise, Keeping Mum), is based on the best-selling book by St John (Singe) Greene.

It centres on Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few days, she created a list: writing her thoughts and memories down, to help Singe create the best life possible for their two sons, after she was gone.

Produced by Nick Hamson (Premonition, St George’s Day) and Studio Soho Films, Mum’s List co-stars Elaine Cassidy and William and Matthew Stagg.

Executive producers are Gareth Jones, who is coordinating UK and international sales for the film, Chris Wood, Niall Johnson and Sarah
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The Program review: Ben Foster exposes the dark heart of drugs cheat Lance Armstrong

The Program review: Ben Foster exposes the dark heart of drugs cheat Lance Armstrong
Ben Foster looks and sounds a lot like Lance Armstrong in The Program, but director Stephen Frears fails to get under the skin of a drugs cheat stripped of his seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

Frears doesn't hang about when it comes to the doping scandal, cutting straight to Armstrong's confession on Oprah in January 2013 before tracking back to chronicle his habitual drug-taking, of which there was plenty. These early scenes create instant shock value before the film settles into a groove, following Armstrong's descent without ever going too deep. Lone Survivor's Foster plays the part, warts n'all, arguably veering too far towards the uglier side of Armstrong's character.

His arrogance is fuel to get him from the day-racing circuit in America to leading the pack in the gruelling European road races which Fears shoots in atypically dynamic style. Beneath that, there are hints of Armstrong's victim complex.
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No Offence star on series 2: "Paul Abbott is letting his imagination go"

No Offence made its mark as one of the standout drama series of 2015 - not least for having three strong female characters at the fore.

It was the characters that attracted actress Alexandra Roach to the project, she told Digital Spy.

"In this day and age, it shouldn't be a novelty to have three female leads, but it really was - and the characters are so different. Not your average leading ladies."

Roach plays the shy but brilliant DS Joy Freers on the Channel 4 series, starring opposite Joanna Scanlan as the formidable Di Viv Deering and Elaine Cassidy as passionate DC Dinah Kowalska.

"There's Joanna, who is a bit of a powerhouse," she said. "What I loved about reading that character is that there's no apologies for who she is or how she is, and you don't normally get that with leading ladies.

"Then there's my character, who's a
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No Offence is renewed for a second series by Channel 4

No Offence will be returning for a second series.

The Channel 4 police procedural has been commissioned for an eight-episode run in 2016.

From Paul Abbott, No Offence stars Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor and Paul Ritter.

The second series will see the team investigating a new case involving warring crime families.

"No Offence is not just unlike any other cop show on TV. It's unlike any other show on TV, and we are delighted to announce its return next year," Channel 4's head of drama Piers Wenger said.

"Paul and the cast have set the bar high in terms of thrills, spills and belly laughs this year, and we can't wait to see where they go in series two."

The first series comes to an end tonight, with the finale airing on Channel 4 at 9pm.
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Park Chan-Wook Begins Production On Fingersmith

Acclaimed director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Thirst, Stoker) has begun production on his latest project – a Korean adaptation of the 2002 novel by Sarah Waters, titled Fingersmith. While Park has been working on English language projects since 2009’s Thirst, that film took the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize – making Park’s return to Korean language filmmaking a very exciting prospect indeed.

The source novel, Fingersmith, is set in Victorian-era London, and centres on the troubled and complex romantic relationship between Sue and Maud. Told in three parts, giving different perspectives on the tale, the layered plot weaves deception, manipulation, theft and murder through a larger story about love and trust. As older generation characters attempt something of a ‘long con’, the younger Sue and Maud find themselves being used as unwitting pawns in a disturbing and bitter game – to the tragic detriment of their affair.

The novel was previously adapted in 2005 as a two-part BBC drama,
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‘The Loft’ Review

Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Rhona Mitra, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Valerie Cruz, Kali Rocha, Elaine Cassidy, Margarita Levieva, Kristin Lehman, Robert Wisdom, Ric Reitz | Written by Bart De Pauw, Wesley Strick | Directed by Erik Van Looy

I often question why movies are remade, especially those where it seems the remake has come just to remove subtitles and translate it to an English-speaking audience. This seemed to be the case with The Loft which is a new version of the director Erik Van Looy’s own movie Loft

When five married men conspire to buy a penthouse loft which they can share as a place to have their affairs and live out their fantasies. The last thing they thought would happen though is that it would lead to a death, a murder of a women from their past. When they try to work out what has happened,
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DVD Review – The Loft (2015)

The Loft, 2015.

Directed by Erik Van Looy.

Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Valerie Cruz, Isabel Lucas, Elaine Cassidy, Matthias Schoenaerts and Rachael Taylor.


A group of married men rent a city penthouse to indulge in extra marital affairs but it all goes disastrously wrong when a dead body is discovered.

The Loft is an English language remake of Loft, a 2008 thriller from Belgium directed by Erik Van Looy, who also directs this version. The story concerns five married men – Vincent (Karl UrbanDredd), Chris (James MarsdenStraw Dogs), Marty (Eric StonestreetModern Family), Luke (Wentworth MillerThe Flash) and Chris’ half-brother Phil (Matthias SchoenaertsThe Drop) – who all have the use of the titular loft, a city centre apartment designed and built by architect Vincent. Each man has a key to the loft and is able to use the apartment to carry out any extra
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Recall the cops: six of TV's best British women police officers

With Paul Abbott’s arresting new drama No Offence starting tonight, what better time to remember the cops who walked the TV beat before Joanna Scanlan and Alexandra Roach?

As Paul Abbott’s police drama No Offence roars across our screens, with its trio of bolshie and brilliant leading ladies (Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach and Elaine Cassidy), here’s our guide to six of British TV’s most memorable women in blue.

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No Offence: meet the stars of Paul Abbott's gobby police drama

The women are calling the shots in Abbott’s new Manchester-set procedural. We get leads Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach and Elaine Cassidy together to talk blood, sweat, tears (and Bez)

Brassy, fearless and totally comfortable barging into men’s toilets, Di Vivienne Deering romps through the Mancunian landscape of No Offence like a steamroller in red high heels. You wouldn’t mess with her. Joanna Scanlan describes Deering as someone with “an unorthodox approach to righting wrongs. She’s a hardass”. Which is quite a world away from her role as clipboard-clutching jobsworth Terri in the Thick Of It.

Related: Paul Abbott: ‘I don’t think you need damage to be a good writer but you have more experience of extremities'

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No Offence: Watch trailer for Shameless creator's new Channel 4 drama

The first trailer for Shameless creator Paul Abbott's Channel 4 drama No Offence has been released.

The Manchester-based crime drama stars Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach and Colin Salmon, and mixes "cop drama, family saga and social mayhem".

No Offence consists of eight hour-long episodes, and follows Di Vivienne Deering (Scanlan), DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy) and DS Joy Freers (Roach) as they attempt to keep the streets clean from crime.

Broadchurch's Will Mellor and Friday Night Dinner's Paul Ritter also star.

Writer Abbott previously said about the show: "I'm a big fan of well-told cop shows and jet-black social comedy, and I wanted to see how explosively we could bang two genres' heads together.

"No Offence is reared on wilder-than-average seeds, and I've had a ball with the AbbottVision team in building this concept."

Abbott is known for his work on Cracker, State of Play and Clocking Off.
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Watch: New Trailer For Long Delayed Thriller 'The Loft' With Matthias Schoenaerts, Karl Urban, James Marsden & More

At this point, the question is not whether "The Loft" is bad. The question is now just how bad the movie is. Shot in the summer of 2011, the film was originally snapped up by Warner Bros. shingle Dark Castle in 2012. It was given a tentative 2013 release but that didn't materialize, and then the movie was punted over to Universal, who at one point planned to bring it to theaters on August 29th this year. That didn't happen either, with the studio pushing it back in June. But it seems like something's happening with a release, as a new international trailer for "The Loft" is here. Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Eric Stonestreet, Wentworth Miller, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, and Elaine Cassidy, the thriller is a remake of a 2008 Belgian film about a bunch of bros who rent a loft for their extramarital affairs. But their sweet deal goes
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Park Chan-wook's Fingersmith adaptation confirmed

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Park Chan-wook's Fingersmith adaptation confirmed
Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.

Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) is set to make a Korean-language thriller based on Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, his producers have confirmed, and will start casting this month.

The original crime novel, first published in 2002, was set in Victorian London and centred on young women who are petty thieves (fingersmiths). Park’s adaptation will be set in Korea during the time of Japanese rule.

The film’s Korean title phonetically reads “Agashi”, meaning ‘young lady’ or ‘miss’. The English title has yet to be decided.

This new project, Park’s first feature since the English-language Stoker starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, will mark the director’s return to Korean features after six years.

He has intermittently made shorts including A Rose Reborn, which will screen in the upcoming Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle section, but today’s
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