Oscar nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson has signed on to be patron of the Irish Film Festival London
Abrahamson, who enjoyed critical and commercial success as a director in West End theatre, working with the likes of Martin McDonagh, before venturing into film has seen his current hit, Room, nominated for four Oscars including Best Director.
In all, the critically acclaimed movie has garnered 116 award nominations and 60 wins from some of the world’s leading awards bodies including the Independent Spirit Awards, the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA.
Lenny’s other films include Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank and among the actors he has worked with are Brie Larson, Michael Fassbender, William H. Macy, Maggie Gyllenhall, Domhnall Gleeson, Pat Shortt and Jack Reynor.
Lenny Abrahamson said: “I am a big fan of the festival and the opportunities they’re providing for Irish filmmakers in the UK. They are bringing the best of contemporary Irish film to audiences in London and I’m proud to be a part of what they’re accomplishing.”
Festival Director Kelly O’Connor said: “We couldn’t be happier for Lenny as he receives this well deserved international appreciation.
“We love Lenny’s work and have had the privilege of screening all of his films over the years. After our preview screening of Room at our most recent festival last November, he enchanted our audience with a live full screen Skype Q&A at the Rio Cinema in Dalston.
“He has always been very supportive of us and we are thrilled to welcome him on board as a Patron”.
Abrahamson’s work has been described as “drily funny, inquisitive, and plangent” and tackles loneliness, isolation and morality in an unflinching manner.
London-based casting director Ros Hubbard is also a Patron of Irish Film Festival London which is in its sixth year.
Among its plans for this year is the UK screening of 1916, The Rebellion, a newly commissioned documentary to be streamed live around the world from the National Concert Hall on 16 March.
The event, hosted in Dublin by Liam Neeson will include music from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the president Michael D. Higgins as the guest of honour.
The first, invitation-only London screening will be run by Irish Film London and the Embassy of Ireland and will take place at BAFTA in Piccadilly.
There will be a second screening open to the public at the Photographer’s Gallery on Weds 23 March at 7pm followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s writer and producer Bríona Nic Dhiarmada.
She will talk about making the film, from painstaking archive footage control to working with Liam Neeson on the voice-over.
Irish Film London will also be screening a number of brand new Irish films, including a preview screening of John Carney’s Sing Street as part of the London St. Patrick’s Festival, in association with the Mayor of London’s office on Sunday 13 March at a central London cinema.
Any filmmakers out there with a short film they’d like to enter to be considered for screening at the St. Patrick’s event visit www.irishfilmlondon.com before 1 March.