Irish movie Mammal wins Santa Barbara International Film Festival award

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Irish drama Mammal was awarded the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival over the weekend. Starring Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding) and rising Irish star Barry Keoghan (Love/Hate, 71) the movie will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday, April 1st.

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Also starring Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones), Johnny Ward (Love/Hate) and Nika McGuigan (Philomena) Mammal is the compelling story of a woman (Griffiths) who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth (Keoghan). Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband’s (McElhatton) grieving rage.

Mammal premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month where it was one of only five films picked up by the Sundance Channel and was included in Vanity Fair’s Top 10 Films of Sundance.  It had its European premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this month and has also screened at the Gothenburg International Film Festival in Sweden. Irish audiences will get a chance to see the film later this month when it screens at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival where Barry Keoghan and Nika McGuigan both have been nominated for the ADIFF Discovery Award.

 Mammal will be released by Wildcard Distribution in cinemas nationwide from Friday 1st April.