The Bingham Ray New Talent Nominees
Sunday 10 July / Town Hall Theatre / 18:00
Actor: The Troubles, A Dublin Story
Adam Redmond is a Dublin based actor. He trained at Aberystwyth University of Wales and the Gaiety School of Acting. He has been honing his craft over the last decade and has managed to gain tremendous experience in theatre and film. Taking on an array of distinguished characters, both contemporary and classic, he has developed as a very versatile and spontaneous performer. He loves the excitement and the challenge of affecting an audience.
His works include for Inheritance (2022), The Troubles, a Dublin Story (2022) and DannyBoy (2020).
Danielle Galligan is an Irish actor from Dublin. In 2020, landed her first major television role as Nina Zenik in the Netflix series SHADOW AND BONE. The series made Netflix’s Top 10 list in 93 countries around the world and hit No. 1 in 79 countries. Danielle had previously had television roles in GAME OF THRONES, KRYPTON, THE GREAT and KIN.
In her early career, Danielle featured in short films such as STRANGERS IN THE PARK, PERNICIO, BEAUTIFUL YOUTH, and BREAK US. She has also worked extensively in theatre and was one of the founders of the Chaos Factory theatre company.
Danielle trained at the Lír Academy at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2017.
Director: You’re Not Home
Derek Ugochukwu is an actor, writer and director, who graduated with a master’s degree in Screenwriting for Film & Television from the National Film School, IADT in 2019.
His written short film, ‘To All My Darlings’ inspired by his Nigerian-Irish was shortlisted for the BAFTA Awards. It also won the Audience Award for best short film at the 2021 Dublin International Film Festival.
Making his directorial debut, ‘You’re Not Home’ was awarded funding by the Limerick ENGINE scheme to support up-and-coming writers, directors and producers in the MidWest of Ireland.
Derek’s script ‘Pediment’ recently won Best Short Screenplay at the Catalyst International Film Festival and his at the feature script ’Consequences’ is currently in development with Screen Ireland.
Éanna Hardwicke is an Irish actor from Cork currently based in London. Screen roles include NORMAL PEOPLE directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald; KRYPTON directed by Metin Hüseyin; and VIVARIUM, directed by Lorcan Finnegan, alongside Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week 2019.
Last year, Éanna filmed the role of Sebastian in FATE: THE WINX SAGA for Netflix; the part of Robbie in the Screen Ireland-backed feature film THE SPARROW, directed by Michael Kinirons; and season two of SMOTHER alongside Seána Kerslake and Ayoola Smart, directed by Dathaí Keane for the BBC & RTÉ. He will appear as young Doug opposite Freya Mavor in the feature film JOAN VERRA directed by Laurent Larivière and starring Isabelle Huppert.
Éanna trained at the Lír Academy at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2018.
Director: Nothing Compares
Belfast born Kathryn Ferguson is an award-winning Director, and Film Research Fellow, whose work has screened globally on platforms such BBC, Nowness, UN Women and i-D, and at film festivals worldwide.
Kathryn’s work includes film: Taking The Waters which premiered in the UK at Sheffield Doc Fest in June 2018 and in Europe at Clermont Ferrand in February 2019. The film was nominated for Best Irish Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh and Best Cinematography at Underwire Festival.
Next up Kathryn is working with Passion Pictures on a new documentary short for The Guardian’s highly acclaimed documentary film series. After ten years of working on short form work, demonstrating a commitment to documentary based work centred on identity, gender politics and community, Nothing Compares is her first feature documentary film.
Producer: Burn it All, Lamb.
LARA HICKEY is an award winning Irish producer with Copper Alley Productions, based in Dublin, and holds a First Class Honours MA in Creative Production and Screen Finance from the National Film School, IADT. Lara produced the IFTA nominated BAINNE, directed by Jack Reynor and starring Will Poulter, in association with Sky Arts and Screen Ireland which won Best First Short at Galway Film Fleadh 2019, and that same year CYNTHIA, directed by Jack Hickey and starring Clare Dunne and Moe Dunford won the prestigious Tiernan McBride award for Best Short Drama, longlisting it for the Academy Awards. She has since gone on to produce four more short films and had her work selected internationally at over 65 festivals including Sitges Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and most recently with the Screen Ireland Focus Short LAMB by Sinéad O’Loughlin, which had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Lara currently has four feature films in development with Screen Ireland for Copper Alley Productions, works in development with Element Pictures and is Co-Creative Director of X-POLLINATOR, with Co-director and founder Katie Holly (Blinder Films), a development initiative for female creative talent, funded by Screen Ireland, Creative Europe and the BAI. Lara is a member of the European Producers Club, Screen Producers Ireland, Women in Film and Television, European Women’s Audio-visual Network (EWA) and the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA).
Director: The Troubles, A Dublin Story
Luke was born in an ordinary North Dublin council estate in 1981, like most of his peers, he was given three options in his early teens, drugs, crime or get a job, education was something other people done. Whilst dabbling in the second, he chose the third mostly to pay for the first.
Luke worked different manual labour jobs until his mid thirties when he suddenly found himself unemployed and with a choice, return to the literal backbreaking work or attempt to write the voices and stories occupying his head. With zero experience, training, or eduction, he became a movie extra and actor to learn how a movie set works whilst getting paid and and fed at the same time. He taught himself how to screen-write in his spare time.
After his first short script For The Love of Fear won a few awards andbecame a finalist out of thousands of entries in the prestigious BlueCat Screenwriting Competition, he quickly knew writing wasn’t enough, he needed it be become more real than words on a page, he needed to bring it to life, which led him to write and produce a multi award winning web series “Drama”. Still not enough he wanted more control of his vision from the page to every physical and artistic detail of the set and cast, more out of necessity than ambition, he fell into the role of writer/director.
In his very short time in this industry, learning every role on his feet, Luke has become a tenacious filmmaker who pursues his vision relentlessly, he has evolved as a writer and filmmaker to love simplicity and nurtures a personal obsession with building interesting and entertaining characters first and foremost as the foundation to every project.
Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney
Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney are an Irish director/writer/producer duo from Longford. They co-wrote, produced and directed the upcoming feature film ‘Lakelands’ which stars Éanna Hardwicke (Normal People), Danielle Galligan (Shadow and Bone), Lorcan Cranitch (Bloodlands) and Gary Lydon (Banshees of Inisherin). The film won the Bankside Award for best project at the Galway Film Fleadh’s marketplace in 2021. Their most recent short film ‘Drifting’ stars Bafta winner Paul Mescal (Normal People), Dafhyd Flynn (Michael Inside) and Lorcan Cranitch (The Dig) premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh IN 2020 and has been acquired for worldwide distribution by Network Ireland Television. It has played festivals such as Newport Beach, Aesthetica, Glasgow and Dublin International Film Festival. Their first short film ‘Angels Guard Thee’ was funded by Longford Arts Office in 2018 and starred Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones). The film premiered at Cork Film Festival that year and went on to screen at 15 festivals worldwide before being broadcast on RTÉ in late 2019. They founded the film company Harp Media in 2018. It has been awarded funding from Screen Ireland, BAI, Arts Council and Creative Ireland. The company was awarded runner-up in the Longford final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in the Best Idea category in 2018 and Best Startup category in 2019.
Toni O’ Rourke
Actor: Burn it All
Having made her professional debut in RTE’s The Clinic at just 12years old, actress Toni O’Rourke went on to work in feature films such as What Richard Did alongside Jack Reynor directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Noble directed by Stephen Bradley.
Toni then trained at the Gaiety School Of Acting The National Theatre School Of Ireland and just three weeks after graduating was cast in Mark O’Connors IFTA nominated Cardboard Gangsters.
Toni has also appeared in Cold Courage as the recurring character Nina on AMC+ and BritBox. Recent screen roles include Lisa Devers in Calm With Horses directed by Nick Rowland for Film 4 / DMC films, currently streaming on Netflix, and Karen in Wildfire, written and directed by Cathy Brady for Cowboy Films.
She plays Nina in Saul & I, written & directed by Jon Beer and produced by Brian J. Falconer for Out of Orbit; recipient of The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Fiction Short in association with Network Ireland Television at Galway Film Fleadh 2021.
Other recent credits include Wedna-El in KRYPTON, directed by Erica Watson for Warner Horizon and Syfy, Lucy in ROSIE, directed by Paddy Breathnach for Element Pictures, and a leading role in the short film BAINNE, directed by Jack Reynor for Anabasis Films.
Included in Toni’s many theatre credits is the 2018 Irish Time Theatre Award Winning Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh, where she played the lead of Runt.
Toni will star in A24’s psychological drama God’s Creatures, alongside Emily Watson, Paul Mescal and Aisling Franciosi. Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer have reunited to direct the film, following their award-winning feature The Fits. The film recently premiered at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2022.