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Northern Ireland film makers in the running for an Oscar with Boogaloo and Graham and SLR

By Amanda Ferguson

Northern Ireland filmmakers are in the running to win an Oscar in the short film category at the 87th Academy Awards.

From 140 films Boogaloo and Graham and SLR are among the final 10 live action shorts to advance to the voting stage of the competition.

Boogaloo and Graham - directed by Michael Lennox, written by Ronan Blaney and produced by Brian J Falconer - is set in 1970s Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Screen funded production follows two young boys as they discover the facts of life aided by the help of their pet chickens.

Martin McCann (The Survivalist, Jump, Whole Lotta Sole), Charlene McKenna (Jump, Ripper Street) and Jonathan Harden (Five Minutes of Heaven, Fifty Dead Men Walking) star in the piece supported also by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Film Institute (BFI).

Meanwhile, SLR, written and directed by Stephen Fingleton, is also in the running.

It follows the character Elliott, played by Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Hunger), who is obsessed with ‘voyeur pornography’.

The Live Action Short category was won by Belfast director Terry George in 2012 for The Shore.

Richard Williams, chief executive of NI Screen, said: “We are bursting with pride in Michael Lennox, Stephen Fingleton, Ronan Blaney and Brian Falconer. 

“To get two films on the list of 10 nominated for an Oscar is pretty special, the more so because as well as these wonderful short films, Michael and Stephen both have their first feature films in production right now. 

“These are exciting times and we appreciate that this is the result of tremendous support given to the screen sector here by the British Film Institute, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and DCAL. 

“With all of their support, we’re creating an eco system that can allow our finest talents to fly.”

The shortlisting for both comes after the Academy’s short films and feature animation branch reviewing committee viewed all the eligible entries in Los Angeles.

The shortlist of 10 will now be reduced to between three and five this December.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15 and the Oscars will be televised on February 22.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the event which is broadcast to more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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