Clare native, Cian Hughes has won the Best Male Performance Award at the ‘6th Femme Filmmakers Festival’ for his performance as Patrick in the short film PADDY
Filmed in locations around Ennis and Shannon, this short film written by Sinéad Collopy follows Patrick played by newcomer, Cian Hughes, a first generation Irish teenager as he questions his identity in 1970’s London. The casting call for the role of Patrick brought many young actors from the mid west to the fore and after much deliberation, the lead role was cast.
Speaking about the award win for Cian, Producer Maeve McGrath noted that
“This is a really special award and Cian deserves considerable praise for his portrayal of Patrick. A sensitive and enduring performance on his debut role in film”
PADDY director Róisín Kearney said,
“Cian Hughes is a fantastic talent, though he had never acted on camera before he threw himself in to the role. His performance has now garnered him a best actor award, I could not be more proud.”
Directed by Roisín Kearney and produced by Maeve McGrath and Keith Bogue this short film brought young film makers from Co. Clare and the Midwest on set shadowing industry heads of department. PADDY has screened at festivals all over the world since premiering in 2020 and will screen next at the 2021 Disappear Here Film Festival.
PADDY was funded by Creative Ireland Clare and Clare County Council.