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Acclaimed Irish Director Tom Collins Presented With Foras Na Gaeilge Award

24 June 2015 6:09 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (Sdgi) is honored to present the Foras Na Gaeilge Award to Irish director and producer Tom Collins in recognition for Outstanding Contribution in the Irish language in Film and TV. Love/Hate writer Stuart Carolan will present the award to Tom. Hailed for his Irish language films Kings (2007) and the award winning film Hush-a-Bye-Baby (1992), most recently Collins has had enormous success with the award-winning Irish noir crime drama An Bronntanas, which was adapted for a five part thriller series for TG4 that has now been picked up by French distributor Lagardère Entertainment. Directed by Collins and starring Dara Devaney (Na Cloigne), Owen McDonnell (Single Handed) and John Finn (Cold Case), An Bronntanas tells the story of the crew of a local independent lifeboat in Connemara who find over a million euro worth of drugs on an abandoned fishing boat.  Speaking about the award, Tom. »

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Miptv: Lagardère to sell Ireland's 'An Bronntanas'

9 April 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Celtic crime thriller was Ireland’s Oscar submission.

Paris-based Lagardère Entertainment has snapped up distribution rights to Irish crime thriller An Bronntanas (The Gift) and will be selling the five-part miniseries at Miptv in Cannes next week.

The film version of An Bronntanas was Ireland’s submission to the Best Foreign-Language category of the Oscars and won the jury’s special award at last month’s Boston Irish Film Festival.

When the series was broadcast on Ireland’s TG4 at the end of last year it scored a six-fold audience increase among 15-34s

Directed by Tom Collins, and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of Rosg and Tom CollinsAn Bronntanas stars Dara Devaney, John Finn, Owen McDonnell, Michelle Beamish, Pól Ó Gríofa, Charlotte Bradley and Januscz Sheagall. The script was written by Joe O’Byrne, Paul Walker, Eoin McNamee and Tom Collins.

The film was primarily shot in Irish in Connemara, County Galway »

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