An Bronntanas has received 3 nominations for the IFTA awards for script and actors. Tom Collins/Eoin McNamee/Paul Walker are nominated for Best Drama Script, Michelle Beamish is nominated for Best Actress in a lead role and Charlotte Bradley for Best Actress in a supporting role. It is a particularly competitive year for Drama produced in Ireland with major productions like Game of Thrones, Vikings, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, Love Hate and Charlie in competition with An Bronntanas.
Speaking of the nominations , Producer, Ciarán Ó Cofaigh said “We are delighted that we have received 3 nominations, particularly when you consider the competition we were up against. We always strive to achieve a high standard in Irish language TV drama, even with our limited resources. For us to be competing with the likes of Game of Thrones and Vikings is an achievement in itself.
When the 5 part series was broadcast on TG4 at the end of last year it was a tremendous success, receiving both strong critical acclaim and high audience figures with an impressive six-fold increase among 15-34-year-old audiences.
The film version of An Bronntanas has also enjoyed great success in recent months at festivals both at home and abroad. To date screenings have taken place in Australia, Barbados, Washington, Chicago, Boston and Rome, with more to come in later months this year. The film recently received the Jury's Special Award at the Boston Irish Film Festival as well as receiving three nominations in this year’s Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais, including a nomination for ‘Best Television Series’.
Directed by Tom Collins (Kings), and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh (Cré na Cille) and Tom Collins, An Bronntanas stars Dara Devaney (Na Cloigne), John Finn (Cold Case), Owen McDonnell (Single Handed), Michelle Beamish (Crisis Eile), Pól Ó Gríofa (Ros Na Rún), Charlotte Bradley and Janusz Sheagall. The series was shot in various locations in Conamara, with Cian de Buitléar as the DoP.
An Bronntanas (The Gift) is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Conamara, in the West of Ireland. The rescue crew answers a distress call on a stormy night to discover an abandoned fishing boat, its only cargo onboard a dead woman and over a million Euros worth of drugs. The crew is challenged with a moral dilemma — bring the woman on shore and hand the drugs to the authorities or, leave the body, sell the drugs and save their struggling village.
An Bronntanas was produced by ROSG and De Facto Films with financial contribution from TG4, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), The Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and Section 481.