Oscar success for The Shore

Northern Ireland film ‘The Shore’ has won the Short Film (Live Action) award at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Directed by Terry George and Produced Oorlagh George, father and daughter collected the statue together.

The film starring Ciarán Hinds and Conleth Hill tells the story of a man returning to Northern Ireland after 25 years.

Official synopsis:

The Shore is the inspiring story of two boyhood best friends – Joe (Ciarán Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) – divided by 25 years of misunderstanding. Their world and their friendship is shattered by the conflict escalating in Northern Ireland, the two boys’ lives take very different paths until, 25 years later, Joe returns for the first time to his homeland with his 24-year-old daughter, Patricia. In his absence Paddy, his best friend, has married Joe’s former fiancée Mary. What happened all those years ago? Can old wounds be healed? The answer is in equal parts hilarious and moving.

As he collected his Oscar, director Terry George dedicated his award to the people of Northern Ireland:

Our little film was inspired by the people of Northern Ireland, Protestant and Catholic, who after 30 years of war, sat down, negotiated a peace and proved to the world that the Irish are great talkers, I want to dedicate this to them. This is about reconciliation in Northern Ireland, it is really close to my heart.

 

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