'I've asked for the seat beside Michael Caine' - Offaly film nominated for prestigious award

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'I've asked for the seat beside Michael Caine' - Offaly film nominated for prestigious award

'I've asked for the seat beside Michael Caine' - Offaly film nominated for prestigious award

A film directed by Tullamore man Sean Breathnach has been shortlisted in the prestigious National Film Awards in London.

'Beyond the Woods' has been nominated for Best Thriller at this year’s awards and will compete against 'The Redeeming', 'RedCon-1', 'Annihilation', 'Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires', '16/03', 'Final Score' and 'Black Site.'

Past attendees have of the NFA's include Hugh Grant, Samuel L Jackson, Helen Mirren, Cara Delevigne, Naomi Campbell, Idris Elba and many more.

This year, film icon Michael Caine has been nominated for the Global Contribution to Motion Picture prize at the same event.

The National Film Awards is one of Europe’s leading film and television awards ceremonies, held and produced by the National Film Academy. The star-studded awards ceremony will take place in London on March 27. 

'Beyond the Woods' is award-winning director Sean Breathnach's feature film debut. The film stars Irene Kelleher (Game of Thrones), Seán McGillicuddy (Game of Thrones), Ross Mac Mahon (Penny Dreadful) and Claire Loy (Casualty).

“We are thrilled to be nominated for this award,” writer and director Breathnach said.

“It's wonderful to get such recognition for our film. It's a tribute to the great work put in by a very talented cast and crew. Beyond the Woods has been very well received by the critics and is very popular with thriller and horror audiences."

When asked about the ceremony itself, Sean said: "I've asked for the seat next to Michael Caine."

The film is being distributed worldwide by Left Films, a UK based distribution company.