Seana Kerslake’s outstanding performances recognised with IFTA nomination

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Local actress Seana Kerslake has been named as a nominee for the IFTA Rising Star Award 2017.

Selected by a special jury the Rising Star Award is a unique IFTA Award as it puts an international spotlight on Irish creative professionals who have not only honed their crafts in the formative years of their career – but who have also excelled in their respective fields.

Seana, who hails from Tymon, has really delivered on the promise she showed in her IFTA nominated debut ‘Dollhouse’, and in two standout performances this year in Darren Thorntons ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ and Cathy Bradys ‘Cant Cope Wont Cope’.

The local rising star began her acting career in St Paul’s primary and secondary school in Greenhills before heading to the National University of Ireland in Maynooth to study Arts.

Seana in her standout performance in ‘A Date For Mad Mary’

Her fellow nominees are Patrick Gibson, for his brilliant performance in Kit Ryans ‘Property of the State’ as the troubled killer Brendan O Donnell, and his many international projects, including Netflixs ‘The OA’, and just announced, Foxs ‘The Darkest Minds’.

Barry Keoghan, who is always mesmerising on screen, from Wayne in ‘Love/Hate’, to his IFTA nominated lead role in Rebecca Dalys ‘Mammal’ last year, has a busy 2017, including Christopher Nolans ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ (Yorgos Lanthimos)

Peter Foott the writer/director/producer whose feature debut ‘The Young Offenders’ broke Irish box office records on its release and had audiences laughing in the aisles. Peters hilarious script, tiny budget and eye for talent (casting two young unknown Cork teenagers, now both IFTA nominees), clearly show Peters glittering future as a filmmaker

Previous recipients of the Rising Star Award include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Tomm Moore, Domhnall Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh, Gerard Barrett, Jamie Dornan, Sarah Greene and Stephen Fingleton, all of whom have gone on to garner recognition and accolades both in Ireland and internationally.

Áine Moriarty,Chief Executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy said:

“This important Award showcases four superb Irish talents who have proved themselves to be world class professionals in their fields and leading Irish creative professionals to spearhead and continue Irelands golden era of filmmaking into the future.

“IFTA is proud to showcase Irelands Rising Stars and acknowledges the partnership with the Irish Film Board across this Award supporting new Irish industry talent.”

The winner will be announced at the IFTA Film & Drama Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 8th.

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