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Patrick’s Day is Awarded Finders Series Award
Irish film Patrick’s Day has been awarded the highly-coveted Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award.
This award means it will be screened in the prestigious DGA Theatre in Los Angeles to key distributors and film industry representatives in an effort to gain a US distribution deal.
Commenting on the acceptance of Patrick’s Day, McMahon commented: “The Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award is one of the best filmmaker prizes in the world and the fact that someone like me can win something like this means there is hope for any writer stuck on their first draft. The idea that the Directors Guild of America is hosting a screening of Patrick’s Day at the DGA Theatre on Sunset Boulevard means there is hope for any director wondering what the hell to do with their unfinished movie. And the notion that one film can still have the power to alter reality means there is hope for all us outsiders.”
Patrick’s Day is McMahon’s follow-up to Charlie Casanova and has been met with widespread acclaim. The film stars Moe Dunford as Patrick, a mentally ill young man who falls in love with a depressed flight attended (Catherine Walker) much to the disapproval of his mother (Kerry Fox). It was the joint winner of the Best Irish Feature award at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh and has earned strong reviews, with Donald Clarke describing it as an “interesting, original, ultimately moving take on mental illness” in The Irish Times. Former Health Board Chief Psychiatrist Ivor Browne also praised the film, stating “I feel it is vital that Patrick’s Day should be shown to as wide a public as possible.”
The film will screen in Los Angeles on October 10th. You can watch the trailer for Patrick’s Day here.