Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shooting Stars 2011

Britain's Andrea Riseborough and Ireland's Domhnall Gleeson, who starred together in Never Let Me Go, are amongst the 10 European newcomers to be honoured with a Shooting Star award at the Berlin Film Festival next year.

A former member of the National Youth Theatre, Newcastle-born Andrea graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in 2005. She won the 2006 Ian Charleson Award, which recognises exceptional classical stage work from actors under 30, for her performances in "Miss Julie" and "Measure For Measure".

In 2009, Andrea was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for her portrayal of the young Margaret Thatcher in the TV drama "The Long Walk To Finchley". That year also saw her being hailed by The Sunday Times Magazine as one of Britain's finest Rising Stars.

29 year old Andrea (represented by Independent Talent Group) was recognised by the Shooting Stars Jury for her upcoming film Brighton Rock, and her roles in Madonna's directorial debut film, W.E, about Edward VIII's wife Wallis Simpson, and also for her role in this year's release Made in Dagenham.

"Riseborough is one of the biggest talents of her generation, with a magnetic screen presence and amazing technique. Her ability to totally immerse herself into a character makes her naive, love-struck waitress in Brighton Rock a touching and tragic victim." said the Jury.

27 year old Domhnall Gleeson (represented by The Agency in Dublin) studied Media Arts at the Dublin Institute of Technology and made his film acting debut in Martin McDonagh's short Six Shooter in 2004. He appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but was recognised by the Jury for his roles in True Grit (which will open the Berlin Film Festival), Sensation and Never Let Me Go.

"As the likable loser in Sensation, Domhnall creates a unique world around the character with his quirky screen presence. It’s a touching performance, full of intriguingcontradictions." was the Jury's comment.

He also portrayed Bob Geldof in a TV Drama When Harvey Met Bob. He is now lined up to star alongside his father, in Brendan Gleeson 's directorial debut At Swim-Two-Birds.

The actors presentation takes place on the main stage of the Berlinale Palast on Monday 14th February 2011, where they will be awarded the SHOOTING STARS AWARD. SHOOTING STARS participants go on to serve as ambassadors for European cinema, demonstrating their talents to international audiences. Starting with the Berlinale they are introduced at festivals and attend workshops around the world.  Previous Shooting Stars include Carey Mulligan.

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