Film awards for Irish directors and music producer

Acclaimed director Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan and Belfast music producer David Holmes are to be presented with honorary awards at a event celebrating Irish film-writing in Los Angeles next month.

Actress Jodie Foster will present Jordan with the award at the US-Ireland Alliance’s ‘Oscar Wilde – Honouring Irish Writing in Film’ on March 2 next.

Sheridan, and Holmes, who wrote the score for Out of Sight and Buffalo Soldiers, will be presented with their accolades at the pre-academy awards party by Anjelica Huston and Adrian Dunbar.

Trina Vargo, president of the US-Ireland Alliance, said: “The event is designed to honour the craft of writing and expand the existing ties between the entertainment industries in the US and Ireland, particularly in film production, gaming, music and animation.”

Foster will be starring in Jordan’s upcoming revenge thriller, The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard, which is scheduled to begin production in the summer.

Jordan’s Breakfast on Pluto, starring Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson, and director Sheridan’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, starring rapper 50 Cent, are both on release in Irish cinemas.

Mr Holmes, who began his career as a DJ in Belfast, has just completed his work on the soundtrack for the next Steven Soderbergh film, The Good German, starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. The DJ is being honoured after beginning working on film soundtracks in the mid-1990s and going on to collaborate with Soderbergh on the soundtrack of Hollywood blockbuster Ocean’s Eleven.

Enterprise Minister Micheál Martin is to welcome guests to the event, sponsored by groups including the Irish Film Board and Walt Disney Studios, while Jean Butler, of Riverdance fame, will host the party.

In addition to honouring Irish writing, the film board said the event would serve as a networking opportunity for members of the US and Irish film communities.

Those performing on the night include Paddy Casey, Darren Holden, who is performing the role of Billy Joel in the production of Tony Award-winning musical, Movin’ Out, and Drogheda singer-songwriter SJ McCardle.

Some of those expected to attend include – Cillian Murphy, Fionnuala Flanagan, Daryl Hannah, Dennis Hopper, multiple Emmy winning actress of Six Feet Under Rachel Griffiths and Academy Award nominee playwright Martin McDonagh.

The film board said figures from many of the major film companies including Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Searchlight, Buena Vista International and Searchlight are expected to attend the event which is also sponsored by Tourism Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

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