Irish/Canadian Co-Productions, Maudie and The Breadwinner, Lead the Winners at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards

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Irish/Canadian Co-Productions, Maudie and The Breadwinner, Lead the Winners at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards

Posted: 12th March 2018

Aisling Walsh’s Maudie and Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner were the big winners at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards with Walsh’s tale of the real-life Nova Scotian folk artist, Maud Lewis, picking up seven awards while Twomey’s Academy Award®-nominated animated feature received four awards.

Aisling Walsh received the Achievement in Direction accolade, while Maudie also took home Original Screenplay for Sherry White, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor for Ethan Hawke, Achievement in Costume Design for Trysha Baker, and Achievement in Editing for Stephen O’Connell. Maudie also went home with the night’s most prestigious accolade — Best Motion Picture.

Maudie tells the story of Maud Lewis, a woman born with a severe form of arthritis, who is hired by Everett Lewis as his housekeeper. Maud turns out to be terrible with housework and she begins to cover the walls of his tiny home with her colourful paintings. Despite this, Everett unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with the little, bright-eyed woman who sees nothing but colour and beauty in the world. The title was produced by Susan Mullen at Parallel Films in Ireland, with Small Shack Productions and Painted House Films on board as Canadian co-producers.

Following its recent Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature, The Breadwinner, scooped Best Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, and Achievement in Sound Editing.

The Breadwinner, which received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, is adapted from the children’s novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis and tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and to try to save her father’s life. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, The Breadwinner also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan with a cast that includes many performers of Afghan descent.

The film is produced by Paul Young of Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon (Song of the SeaThe Secret of Kells) alongside Canada's Aircraft Pictures, and Luxembourg's Melusine Productions and Angelina Jolie serves as the title’s executive producer. The Breadwinner was developed with support from Telefilm Canada, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Stronach Foundation.