All eyes on our John for IFTA gong and also on local Cartoon Saloon

THERE is plenty of local interest in this year’s Irish Film & Television Academy Awards.
The 2021 IFTA nominations have been released, across 25 categories in Film and Drama, ahead of the virtual event which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday July 4.
Kilkenny City man John Morton’s TV series Dead Still has seven nominations in categories of Best Drama, Drama Director, Script Drama, Actor in a Lead Role in a Drama, Editing, Make Up and Hair and Cinematography.
Dead Still follows Brock Blennerhasset, a well regarded photographer in 1880s Ireland who specialises in memorial portraiture in – photographing the recently deceased, not uncommon back then – and he is drawn into a series of murders which appear to be linked to his work.
It is a six-part Irish-Canadian television drama series, which premiered on May 18, 2020. The series is a co-production between Ireland’s Deadpan Pictures and Canada’s Shaftesbury Films and is written by Morton, from a story him and Imogen Murphy, and directed by Murphy and Craig David Wallace
Kilkenny based animation studio Cartoon Saloon’s Wolfwalkers has been shortlisted for Best Film, Film Script and Best Director.
And Saoirse Ronan, who spent her childhood in Ardattin, Co Carlow, is down for Actress in a Supporting Role Film for ‘Ammonite’
The fullest of nominations is at

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