Guard takes top Fleadh prize

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The Guard had more to cel­e­brate this week – the film se­cured the au­di­ence prize for best Ir­ish fea­ture at last week’s Gal­way Film Fleadh. Other movies pick­ing up prizes in­cluded Dar­ragh Byrne’s Parked, a poignant drama star­ring Colm Meaney; and Terry McMa­hon’s Char­lie Casanova, an ex­is­ten­tial trea­tise on the new Ir­ish rich, which jointly shared the award for best first fea­ture. Ber­nadette: Notes on a Po­lit­i­cal Jour­ney, Lelia Doolan’s crack­ing doc­u­men­tary on Ber­nadette McAliskey, se­cured the award for best fea­ture doc­u­men­tary.

While fes­ti­vals such as the Edinburgh In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val strug­gle, the Fleadh, now in its 23rd year, man­aged to build on its suc­cess by in­creas­ing ad­mis­sions over last year by 2,000. For a full list­ing of prize win­ners, in­clud­ing the suc­cess­ful shorts, check out the Screen­writer blog at irish­times.com.

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