Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to report that two Northern Ireland film-makers – husband and wife directing team Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros d’Sa – are among the nominees for the IFTA Rising Star Award.
The talented pair, whose career to date Northern Ireland Screen is pleased to have supported through both development and production funding, directed their first feature Cherrybomb in 2009.
Good Vibrations, their second feature and the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, is also up for Best Film at the IFTAs, while Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven, Game of Thrones) received a nod for Best Actor for his portrayal of Terri Hooley and Maggie Donnelly has also been nominated for Costume.
The film won the Best Irish Film award at the Galway Film Fleadh last year and went on to be selected for the prestigious London Film Festival, where über-critic Mark Kermode cited the film as one of his festival highlights, featuring it on his BBC 2 Late Night Review programme.
Since its raucous and triumphant premiere at last year’s Belfast Film Festival, Good Vibrations has secured UK and Ireland distribution; the film will be released in cinemas on 29th March.
Good Vibrations was developed at Northern Ireland Screen and funded through the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The full list of Rising Star nominees can be found on the IFTA website.