Two young Northern Irish actors nominated for the British Independent Film Awards


Two young Northern Irish actors have been nominated for the British Independent Film Awards.

ude Hill (11) and Daniel Lamont, seven, are on the long list in the Breakthrough Performance category for their roles in the Belfast and Nowhere Special films, respectively.

A total of 16 new artists made the long list, with the last five nominations announced on Wednesday, November 3.

Newry’s Cathy Brady was shortlisted in two categories, Best First Director and Best First Writer for Wildfire, while Belfast man Colum Eastwood got a nod in the Best First Writer category for Black Medicine.

Jude, from Gilford, stars in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming film Belfast, playing Buddy, based on young Branagh. The film, which also stars Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds, is already creating a buzz at the Oscars. It will hit theaters in the UK and Ireland in February.


Jude Hill (left) as Buddy and Jamie Dornan (right) as “Pa” in Belfast from director Kenneth Branagh Credit: Rob Youngson / Focus Features

Jude Hill (left) as Buddy and Jamie Dornan (right) as “Pa” in Belfast from director Kenneth Branagh Credit: Rob Youngson / Focus Features

Ballymena’s schoolboy Daniel Lamont, who just turned seven, was just four when he appeared alongside James Norton in Umberto Pasolini’s heartbreaking film Nowhere Special. The film was shot and filmed in Belfast in 2019 and released in UK cinemas earlier this year.

Nowhere Special will tour Northern Ireland in November and December as part of the Film Hub NI collective program, which aims to bring local films to local venues.

Eleven community cinemas will show the film, starting Thursday 11 November in Belfast and Limavady and ending in Portstewart on Thursday 9 December.

Sara Gunn-Smith, Head of Marketing and Audience for Film Hub NI, said: “Film Hub NI is delighted to be able to present this original and beautiful film at 11 locations across Northern Ireland for audiences to enjoy. .

“With so many brilliant community theaters signed up for the tour, it’s obvious that the appetite for independent cinema is alive and well and moviegoers can’t wait to return to the movies. Audiences can expect to see the film, as well as special guests who will be joining us on a few dates. “

Uberto Pasolini, who directed the film, said: “Filming Nowhere Special in Northern Ireland was one of the highlights of my 35 years of directing.

“The quality of the team, the brilliance of the Northern Irish actors, the welcome we received everywhere during our shooting, and of course the incredible talents of Daniel and James allowed us to achieve what on paper seemed impossible , an honest but moving portrait of a very special relationship, a love story between a young father and his little boy who goes through the most difficult circumstances. It is with great pride that we share our journey with your audience.

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