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Smother & A Host of West of Ireland Talent Nominated for the Irish Film & Television Awards 2022

WRAP Fund backed TV Drama Smother as well as a host of West of Ireland talent are leading the charge at the 2022 Irish Film & TV Awards (IFTAs) with a wealth of nominations. Shot in Lahinch, Co. Clare, Smother has garnered 6 nominations including best drama and best script with Galway’s Dathaí Keane garnering a nomination for best director for his work on the international hit series.

In addition, the West of Ireland features heavily among the nominations with new television drama Hidden Assets, shot on location in the WRAP region’s county Clare, receiving 7 nominations and Irish language feature film Foscadh, produced by Galway’s Tua Films, and shot on location in Connemara picking up two nominations.

WRAP talent also appear strongly on the IFTA roll call including acting nominees Dónall Ó’Héalaí (Foscadh), Simone Kirby (Hidden Assets), Owen McDonnell (Three Families) and Amy-Joyce Hastings (Who We Love) alongside Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane (Young Plato), Hannah Quinn (Vikings: Valhalla), Narayan Van Maele (You Are Not My Mother), John Murphy (An Cailín Ciúin) and Linda Gannon (Foundation). Short films Harvest written and directed by Galwegian Tristan Heanue and The Passion written by and starring Frank Blake (Clare), directed by Mia Mullarkey (Galway) and produced by Roisín Geraghty (Mayo) are also in contention for best short film.

The spread of nominations shines a spotlight on the world class talent emanating from the WRAP region as well as the stunning locations and opportunities available for screen production in the WRAP counties of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

The WRAP Fund would like to congratulate the Smother team and all those nominated. The 2022 IFTA ceremony will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Saturday, March 12th

Feature Film My Sailor My Love Completes Production in County Mayo

Award-winning Finnish director Klaus Härö’s English-language feature debut My Sailor, My Love has completed production in Achill, Co. Mayo with investment from the Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP Fund) starring James Cosmo (Braveheart, Game of Thrones), Bríd Brennan (Dancing at Lughnasa, Brooklyn), Catherine Walker (A Dark Song, The Delinquent Season) and Galway actress Nora-Jane Noone (The Magdalene Sisters, Wildfire).

The Finnish/Irish romantic drama tells the story of Howard, an aging widower who falls in love with his home aide despite his daughter, Grace, not approving of the relationship. It is produced by Kai Nordberg and Kaarle Aho for Making Movies Oy (Finland) and David Collins for MSML Film Productions & Samson Films (Ireland) with support from the WRAP Fund, the Finnish Film Foundation and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland – among others. The original screenplay is written by Jimmy Karlsson and Kirsi Vikman. Post-production is taking place in Belgium and Finland during the first half of 2022 with delivery scheduled for mid-summer 2022.

Pre-production in Mayo took place over eight weeks from mid-July to mid-September with principal photography, mainly on Achill Island, for a further six weeks until the 23rd of October. Just over half of the cast and crew, totaling 85, are based in the West of Ireland. In addition, 150 local extras were engaged during the shoot. Approximately 3,500 bed nights were generated in Achill over the course of the production. The production received assistance from the Mayo Film Office and Mayo County Council, and the office will host a virtual masterclass on production with David Collins on November 12th, 2021.

Finnish Producer Kai Nordberg believes “it is important that small European countries can join their resources to create high-end content for the world market. My Sailor, My Love is very much taking the best out of both countries to make a great film.”

For David Collins, “through collaborating with Making Movies Oy, we are very proud and happy at the creative and financial contribution we have been able to make to help Klaus realise his very special vision for this film. Working closely with a terrific cast and crew in Achill and Mayo over the last few months has been a great experience for all of us.”

West of Ireland Composers and Short Film Loving Alex Feature in WRAP Spotlight & Watchlist

As the home of world class talent, the Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP Fund) launched the WRAP Talent Spotlight and Watchlist in 2021 to profile and celebrate established and emerging filmmaking talent. On the Spotlight and Watchlist this month, are some of the outstanding Composers from the West as well as a winning short film Loving Alex from the 48 Film Challenge which is celebrating its fifth year.


There are a host of internationally recognised Composers from the West of Ireland. The quartet highlighted as part of the Spotlight are multi-award winning and are commanding the attention of audiences across the world with their work on high profile film, television, animation, documentary and games projects.

Eimear Noone (Galway)
Eímear Noone is an award-winning composer and conductor from Kilconnell, East Galway composing extensively for film and videogame. As one of the world’s premier composers of games scores, Eímear is responsible for some of the most enduring soundscapes on World of Warcraft and other best-selling video games. Through her music on World of Warcraft, Eímear’s music has reached over a 100 million people and continually inspired players to invent and build new worlds for nearly 15 years. Her composition portfolio of 26 film and video-game titles have received multiple industry accolades including the “Hollywood Music in Media Award” for “Best Video Game Score”. Recently, Eímear composed the score for the WRAP Fund backed animated feature film, Two by Two: Overboard, which topped the UK Box Office in October 2020. She has also worked on film scores for directors such as Gus Van Sant and Joe Dante, orchestrating for Oscar nominee Javier Navarrette (Pan’s Labyrinth) creating haunting music for thrillers Mirrors and The Hole. She is currently scoring Legends of the Hidden Temple for the CW Network, The Last Singer Standing for ShinAwil/RTÉ and animated series The Wee Littles for world-wide distribution. Eimear often works with her partner Craig S. Garfinkle. Alongside composing, Eímear conducts orchestras worldwide – notably in 2020, Eímear made history by becoming the first female conductor to perform at the 92nd Academy Award’s ceremony.

Eimear’s recommended film scores: David Raskin’s The Bad and the Beautiful; John Williams’ E.T; Don Davis’ The Matrix; James Horner’s Willow; Jerry Goldsmith’s Basic Instinct; Alan Silvestri’s Forrest Gump; Thomas Newman’s Shawshank Redemption.

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Jake Morgan (Galway)
Jake Morgan is an emerging composer from Galway who specialises in creating original music for film, theatre, and video games. He composed the score for, Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody (directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin), the award-winning documentary that celebrates Galway and the west of Ireland. His other credits include feature films, Grace and Goliath, and Sooner or Later which have both seen worldwide distribution. Jake also has experience on the podium, and was appointed principal conductor of the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra in 2017/18. He started his conducting journey at the Galway Youth Orchestra, training with Michael Dooley. He has been mentored by some of the most legendary people in the film music world including Cecilia Weston (Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, The Great Gatsby), Christopher Young (Spiderman 3, The Shipping News, The Exorcist), and Pete Anthony (How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Hunger Games, Dumbo). He studied composition at The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin. In 2015/16 he studied ‘Music Production for Games’ in Griffith College and in 2018 he achieved his masters degree from the University of Edinburgh in ‘Composition for Screen’.

Jake’s recommended film score: Dario Marianelli’s Atonement (and the opening scene in particular)

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Sarah Lynch (Galway)
Galwegian Sarah Lynch is an award-winning composer for screen who is best known for her scores to the following award-winning films, The 8th (Cowtown Pictures), the Tribeca selected documentary The Seeker (Topic), Tina Times Two (Dyehouse Films) as well as Hadi Hajaig’s revenge thriller, Don’t Leave Me. Sarah’s versatility as a composer has been forged through her background of performance and study in a variety of musical styles including classical, folk, experimental and rock working with an impressive range of artists including Hozier, Glen Hansard, Paul Brady, Shane McGowan, Mundy, Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran. She has also composed orchestral arrangements for prominent artists such as the legendary Mary Black. In July 2019, Sarah was chosen as 1 of 12 composers worldwide to participate in the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, which culminates in a 65-piece orchestral recording session at Fox Studios. She was the 2019 recipient of the Michelle and Dean Kay Award, which was presented to her in December at the Lincoln Centre in New York, by the ASCAP Foundation. She has been nominated for the Peer Rabin Music Award at the prestigious Soundtrack Cologne Festival, and for a Jerry Goldsmith Award for her composition, “Transient Thoughts”. Sarah is a board member of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland and is represented by Juliet Martin of Silverstream Music.

Sarah’s recommended score: Elmer Bernstein’s To Kill A Mocking Bird

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Steve Lynch (Galway)
Steve Lynch is an award-winning composer based in Salthill, Galway. Notable drama work includes a synth-heavy score for Let Us Prey (Fantastic Films), a dark western score for An Klondike (TG4), which earned him an IFTA nomination in 2017, and a live orchestral score for Saving the Titanic (History Channel/PBS), also IFTA nominated in 2013. 2021 film work includes Chris Baugh’s critically acclaimed horror/comedy Boys from County Hell (Blinder Films/Six Mile Hill). In commercials – Steve has scored over 400 campaigns all over the world for brands such as Dolby, Nike, Xbox, BMW, Skoda and Mercedes Benz.

Steve’s recommended film score: Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s Girl with all the Gifts

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