Mayo film up for award

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FUNNY-SAD Stiofán Seoighe and John Finn are among the star-studded ‘Is Olc an Gaoth’ cast.

Westport production company Lunar Pictures has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for a production shot between lockdowns last year.
Is Olc an Ghaoth (It’s an Ill Wind), filmed in and around Achill and An Corraun, tells the moving and funny-sad tale of life and death during Covid. A series of three interwoven Irish-language films, it stars well known Mayo actor Stiofán Seoighe (Ros Na Rún, Na Cloigne), Carrie Crowley (Smother, Fair City), Peadar Cox (Black 47, Song of Granite) and John Finn (The Walking Dead, The Crown).
Is Olc an Ghaoth was directed by Tom Sullivan (Arracht, Mechanic), produced by Westport producer Niamh Fagan (Shooting The Mafia, Rasaí na Gaillimhe) and written by Achill-based Kevin Toolis (Complicit). It was broadcast last November to critical acclaim and received a fantastic audience for TG4, and it is still available to watch on the TG4 player.
Is Olc an Ghaoth is nominated in the Drama Category and is in excellent company. The other two nominees are Normal People and Dead Still.
Commenting, Fagan said: “We are thrilled to be nominated for this award. Particularly as ours is a film set and filmed in Mayo. We are every proud of our film … When you look at the calibre of drama that we are sharing the nomination with, it is a real testament to the art and creativity of the people involved. We had almost no money and no time to make our film. But we had a great story, a brilliant director and a superb cast and crew. And, of course, what a stunning location! Look, for our tiny little production to get this super nomination is great news.”
The awards will be broadcast at 11pm on Virgin Media One on Tuesday March 30th, presented by Muireann O’Connell.

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