The Arts Council is pleased to announce the successful recipients of its 2020 Authored Works and Reel Art Awards. Tadhg O’Sullivan (Inland Films) has been selected for the Authored Works award, while Alan Gilsenan (Yellow Asylum Films) and Luke McManus are the latest recipients of Reel Art awards.
AuthoredWorks is designed to provide film artists with the creative and editorial freedom to make a long-form authored film. The successful film will premiere at the IFI in 2022.
Reel Art is the Arts Council's long-running arts documentary scheme. The two successful films will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2022.
The Arts Council wishes to congratulate all three artists on their awards and we look forward to seeing the films reaching Irish and international audiences on their completion.
Authored Works Award
The Waves, the sea
Director: Tadhg O’Sullivan
In a small house by the sea, a woman begins a letter to an unknown correspondent. Surrounded by the books and ephemera of a long life, her home exposed to the waves of a rising ocean, she writes about the history of lost art. Prompted by a small personal loss, she is moved to think of paintings and manuscripts, buildings and photographs which have been destroyed or ruined, whether by accident, neglect or wilful intention. Pausing periodically to carry out the small tasks of a quiet life, her thoughts unfurl as a compelling meditation on memory, monuments, and on art's aspiration to immortality.
Tadhg O’Sullivan is an artist and film-maker working primarily in non-fiction cinema. Often working with literary sources and cinematic archive, his films seek to evoke the timelessness of human experience, and to illuminate the present moment through ideas from the distant past. His most recent feature film To the Moon had its world premiere recently at Venice Days and was selected for Telluride Film Festival 2020. Previous films The Great Wall (2015) and Yximalloo (with Feargal Ward, 2014) have screened at numerous major film festivals including FiD Marseille, MOMA Doc Fortnight, CPH:DOX, Dokufest Kosovo and been broadcast internationally.
Reel Art Awards
Director: Alan Gilsenan
Producer: Martin Mahon
A cinematic evocation of a lost time and an under-appreciated counter-cultural movement - known as Baggotonia - that emerged in the late Forties within a 2km radius of Baggot Street bridge. Shot in monochrome, it is also a personal hymn to the area where film artist Alan Gilsenan grew up.
Writer and director Alan Gilsenan is a highly experienced film artist who has worked across a very broad range of film-making. Alongside a varied range of work that embraces both creative documentary and drama, a core aspect of Gilsenan’s work is challenging, provocative and experimental film-making that includes recent productions such as Ulysses | Film (on permanent display at MOLI, Museum of Literature Ireland), A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats, Meetings with Ivor and The Meeting.
Director: Luke McManus
A documentary exploring Dublin's North Circular Road using the songs of the North Inner City as a map of its culture, history and contemporary streetscape.
Luke McManus is an award-winning writer, director and producer of documentary films. In recent years Luke has focused in particular on creative documentary, winning three IFTAs, a Celtic Media Award and a Radharc Award among others. Recent work includes The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (Dublin Critic's Circle Best Irish Film, producer) Circular Line (director/editor), Dublin Easter 2020 (co-director/editor) and Making A Museum (director/editor).