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Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy in a scene from Peaky Blinders.
Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy in a scene from Peaky Blinders.
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Cillian leads Cork’s interest in the IFTAs

CILLIAN Murphy leads the way in Cork’s hopes at the upcoming Irish Film and Television Awards.

The Peaky Blinders star is one of a number of Corkonians up for prizes at the upcoming ceremony, which marks the 15th year of the IFTAs.

Murphy has been nominated for Best Actor in the TV category for his work on the hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders. His portrayal of Tommy Shelby saw him claim the award at last year’s ceremony and he will be hoping to repeat the feat next month.

He has previously been recognised for his work in Breakfast on Pluto and Mistermen at the awards.

2017 was another stellar year for the Corkman, who also had an eye-catching turn in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk as a shell-shocked soldier.

Murphy isn’t the only Cork nominee, though. Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) has written and directed Song of Granite, which portrays the life of legendary seannos singer Joe Heaney.

The film is also Ireland’s entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language featre. It is up for Best Feature Film at the IFTAs, with nominations also coming for for the film for editing and cinematography.

Ballincollig filmmaker Brendan Canty’s debut short For You has been nominated in the Short Film Live Action category.

 Brendan Canty, Ballincollig, whose debut short film, For You, has been nominated in the Short Film Live Action category.

Brendan Canty, Ballincollig, whose debut short film, For You, has been nominated in the Short Film Live Action category.

Canty is primarily known for his work on music videos, working on the MTV VMA nominated video for Hozier’s Take Me To Church, as well as with Cork band Talos, All Tvvins, Le Galaxie and Gavin James.

Pilgrimage, which stars Tom Holland of Spiderman fame, counts Cork producer Conor Barry among its backers and is nominated in three categories: cinematography, costume design and original music.

Leesiders will also be hoping for some success for Maze, the depiction of the 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners which stars Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and was filmed almost exclusively in Cork.

It received four nominations, while Handsome Devil, which stars Cork actor Norma Sheehan and was partially filmed on Patrick’s Hill and in Montenotte, is up for five awards.

Vikings, which stars Cork’s Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, leads the way in the TV categories, too, with six nominations.

The awards will be announced and presented on Thursday, February 15.