Brooklyn scoops Best Film award at BAFTAs

By Esther Hayden

Published 16/02/2016 | 00:00

Actress Saoirse Ronan.
Actress Saoirse Ronan.

Hit film Brooklyn scooped a coveted BAFTA on Sunday night for Outstanding British Film.

The film which is based on Colm Toibin's book of the same name and stars Saoirse Ronan is riding on the crest of a wave since its release late last year.

Much of the filming for the movie took place in Enniscorthy where it was set. Brookyln beat off stiff competition from The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, The Lobster, Amy and 45 Years at the ceremony which took place in the Royal Opera House, London on Valentine's night.

The film, which tells the tale of immigration from Ireland to the US in the early 1950s, is directed by John Crowley.

'Brooklyn' received six Bafta nominations, including Outstanding British Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Make Up and Hair for Irish team Morna Ferguson and Lorraine Glynn.

Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan was nominated for the Best Actress award for her role as Eilis Lacey but lost out to Brie Larson for her role in 'Room', directed by Dubliner Lenny Abrahamson.

Ronan who paused to take selfies with fans upon her arrival on the red carpet was joined by her Brooklyn co-star Eileen O'Higgins, who plays Nancy. They both agreed that the movie was a universal tale, with 21-year-old Ronan saying she was surprised by the success of the film.

'I think there is a universality to just someone leaving home and even though it's quite a beautifully simple story, it's one that everyone can relate to - because everyone has gone through that experience regardless of where you came from and where you went to.

'We didn't expect it to become quite as big as it has done but I can understand why people relate to it in the way they do.'

Enniscorthy's Brookyln Committee has picked a design for the Enniscorthy Home of Brooklyn logo competition. The new logo will appear on stickers for shop windows, shopping bags and other promotional material. The committee is also hosting an Enniscorthy Home of Brooklyn Oscar Night for locals who were extras in the film and the general public on March 16 in the Riverside Park Hotel.

Following the BAFTA win, those involved in the film will now be pinning their hopes on repeating that success on Oscars night on February 28 as the BAFTA's are often viewed as a good indicator of Oscar wins.

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