‘Eclipse’ haunts Irish awards

Conor McPherson's ghost tale wins film, script

LONDON — LONDON — Conor McPherson’s “The Eclipse,” a romantic tale with ghost story elements, took possession of three prizes at the Irish Film and Television Awards, held Saturday in Dublin.

The pic, which generated buzz when it screened at Tribeca with worldwide rights going to Magnolia, won film for Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment, script for McPherson and Billy Roche, on whose book “Tales From Rainwater Pond” the film is based, and supporting actor for Aidan Quinn.

Jim Sheridan won the helming prize for “Brothers.”

Colin Farrell took lead actor and Dervla Kirwan nabbed supporting actress for Neil Jordan’s “Ondine.”

Saoirse Ronan took actress for “The Lovely Bones.”

“The Hurt Locker” won international film and Andrew Freedman’s “His and Hers” nabbed the docu prize.

The audience award for international thesps went to Meryl Streep for “It’s Complicated” and Robert Downey Jr. for “Sherlock Holmes.”

In the TV categories, Eoin O’Callaghan’s “Five Minutes of Heaven” won best single drama and Thaddeus O’Sullivan won director for “Into the Storm.”

Frank Deasy took script for “Father and Son.”

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