Calm With Horses
Cosmo Jarvis and Barry Keoghan in Calm With Horses

Irish films Calm With Horses and Herself secure 11 nominations for 2021 British Independent Film Awards

Irish production company Element Pictures and their distribution arm Element Distribution are celebrating this morning after the British Independent Film Awards announced their nominations. Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses received 10 BIFA nominations and Clare Dunne has received a BIFA nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself. The British Independent Film Awards highlight the most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK.

Rowland’s award winning debut Calm With Horses starring Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan and Niamh Algar received nominations in the following categories-

  • Best Casting – Shaheen Baig
  • Most Promising Newcomer- Niamh Algar
  • Breakthrough Producer- Dan Emmerson
  • Debut Screenwriter- Joe Murtagh
  • Debut Director- Nick Rowland
  • Best Supporting Actress- Niamh Algar
  • Best Supporting Actor- Barry Keoghan
  • Best Actor- Cosmo Jarvis
  • Best Director – Nick Rowland
  • Best British Independent Film

It’s such a dream come true to see Calm With Horses recognised by the BIFA voters. It’s a testament to the amazing work done by the entire cast and crew, and I am so excited to celebrate this with them all, in some kind of responsible and socially distanced fashion! It feels so special to be following in the footsteps of my filmmaking heroes, and it means even more to see so many of my good friends nominated alongside us too. You would never know 2020 has been a tough year for cinema, with so many amazing films being recognised today. It’s an honour to be in their company.

Nick Rowland, Director – Calm With Horses

Critically acclaimed Herself co-writer and star Clare Dunne, whose performance has been hailed as “a revelation” by Indiewire, received a BIFA nomination for Best Actress.

I can’t express how thrilled and honoured I am to be nominated by BIFA for best actress. Such incredible films and artists get included every year and I cannot believe I’ve been chosen to be amongst this incredible group of artists. So grateful to BIFA for this. Thank you to my family and friends and partner Jack for supporting me all the way! Many more thanks to Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Malcolm Campbell, Ed Guiney, Rory Gilmartin, Andrew Lowe, Rose Garnett and all the team in Merman, Element Pictures, BBC, BFI and Screen Ireland who made this film happen …. especially Phyllida Lloyd, who encouraged me to play Sandra – an incredible director of this whole cast. It’s mostly her I owe!

Clare Dunne, Co-writer and Actor – Herself

Herself is coming soon to Irish and UK cinemas.  The film is an Element Pictures and Merman Films Production and was developed with BBC Films, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and production was backed by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, BBC Films and the BFI (with National Lottery funding).

Calm With Horses is currently available to watch on all major platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Virgin Media and Volta. CALM WITH HORSES is a DMC Film, Element Pictures production in association with Altitude Film Entertainment; developed and co-financed by Film4 and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland with the participation of The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund/WRAP Fund.