Second year student Chris Walley has been nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role: Film for his role in The Young Offenders, his feature film debut. Inspired by the true story of Ireland's bigest cocaine seizure in 2007, the film is a comedy about two friends from Cork who embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes, in the hope of finding a missing stash of cocaine. The Young Offenders was first shown at the Galway Film Fleadh and, on its general release, became the fastest Irish film to break the €1million mark at the Irish box office.
Also nominated at this year’s IFTA awards is RADA graduate Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who is nominated for Actor in a Lead Role in Drama for his performance in Trial of the Century. The film explores an alternative history, representing the fictional trial of the 1916 Easter Rising leader Pádraig Pearse (played by Vaughan-Lawlor). In real life, Pearse was executed without trial along with 14 other leaders of the uprising.
Finally, RADA alumna Fiona Shaw is also nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role: Film for Out of Innocence, which tells the story of a woman who, after giving birth to a stillborn baby, is accused of murdering the child. The film explores the long conflict between Church and State in Ireland and its impact on individual lives.
Visit the IFTA website for the full list of nominees.