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October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: awards   IFTA   news   the nightingale   videos - Share:

Aisling won the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Rising Star Award for her standout performance in The Nightingale.

Upon accepting the award virtually she said: “This is actually a huge surprise and I’m honoured to be next to Niamh, Lee, Andy and Ryan. I’m always really proud of the work and the talent coming out of Ireland, and to get this award from home is really, really lovely”.

Watch Aisling’s speech below:



Aisling had also been nominated for Best Lead Actress but Jessie Buckley took the award for her performance in Wild Rose.

October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: awards   IFTA   interviews   news - Share:

Irish actress Aisling Franciosi has told how she’ll have both a cup of tea and a glass of champagne at the ready for tonight’s virtual IFTA Awards.

The IFTAs will see nominees and guests taking part virtually from all over the world while Deirdre O’Kane hosts from Virgin Media’s TV studios – as the show goes on despite Covid.

Among them will be Irish actress Aisling, who’ll be logging in from her apartment in New York. The double nominee jokes she doesn’t know whether to have tea or fizz to hand, given the five-hour time difference.


“For me, it’s going to be an IFTA afternoon, so I’ll have maybe on one side, a glass of champagne and on the other a cup of tea,” she says.

The star of shows including The Fall and Game Of Thrones was thrilled to hear she got two nominations, for Best Lead Actress in film and the Rising Star award.

“I was here in New York when I got the news. It was a really nice surprise – it was lovely to get the recognition from home.”

Though the IFTAs are going virtual this year, they’ve attracted several high-profile presenters, including Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley and legendary director Martin Scorsese, who will present the award for Best Irish Film.

Other guests include Liam Neeson, Chris O’Dowd and Caitriona Balfe. Aisling has had a remarkable year. She has just wrapped a major new movie-length drama thriller with Sandra Bullock for Netflix.

And next month she’ll play a lead role in the hugely anticipated TV series adaptation of classic novel Black Narcissus.

She is double IFTA-nominated for her widely praised performance in The Nightingale, a gritty and violent thriller set around a group of Irish convicts shipped to Tasmania in the early 1900s. After members of her family are brutally slain, she vows to take justice into her own hands, joining forces with an Aboriginal tracker to find the culprits.

“Interestingly enough, since it’s come out on Netflix, I’ve had a surge in responses to it,” said the 27-year-old.

“I’ve been getting so many messages about it, largely positive because I think a lot of people who watched it are connecting with the very emotional story in there.

“The message of the film is if we don’t cling to empathy and respect, we’re going to destroy ourselves. In hindsight, that’s the message that for me is very stark.”

The daughter of a Co. Meath mum and a dad from the south of Italy, Aisling grew up in Dublin and treasures both sides of her heritage.

Summer holidays and Christmas breaks were often spent in Italy, where she has a large extended family.

She is now based in the US, having decided to move there a couple of years ago.

“I did want to come to the States. I had actually gone to L.A. first because a lot of people I spoke to said that’s the place to go as an actor. But it’s not the city for me. I love what I do, it’s a huge part of who I am. But if you say ‘the industry’ there, it can only mean one thing, the entertainment industry. And I just feel that it’s really easy to get bogged down in terms of where you’re at.

“In New York, you have a lot of different artistic endeavours, you have a lot of different industries, you have a big mix of culture.”

Aisling first shot to fame as the young babysitter fixated with Jamie Dornan’s serial killer in The Fall.

It was one of her first ever acting jobs, and she remembers: “Even at the time, I was going whoa, what the hell!? It was definitely a kind of learn-on-your-feet experience.

“Looking back now I think that actually set the tone in the kind of roles that I get sent – slightly broken or dark or traumatised.”

It’s set to be a huge few months for the actress, who has a co-lead with Gemma Arterton in Black Narcissus, a TV adaptation of the classic novel.


It tells the story of a group of nuns who try to establish a mission at a remote location, only for tragedy and scandal to follow.

The series is already being heavily promoted in the US in advance of its launch next month, and then comes to the BBC.

She has also just completed working with Sandra Bullock on an untitled drama thriller for Netflix.

“I think she’s incredible. She’s also smart and really nice.”

  • The IFTAs Film and Drama Awards airs on Virgin Media One tonight at 10pm.
October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: awards   IFTA   news   nominations - Share:

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced the Screen Ireland Rising Star Nominees for 2020.  The Rising Star will be announced on the IFTA Awards Show, which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, October 18th at 10:00 pm.

Selected by a special jury, the Screen Ireland Rising Star Award is a unique IFTA Award, in that it puts an international spotlight on Irish professionals who have not only honed their crafts in the formative years of their career, but have also excelled in their respective fields.

Previous winners of the Rising Star Award include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Tomm Moore, Domhnall Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh, Gerard Barrett, Jamie Dornan, Patrick Gibson, Jacob McCarthy, and Sarah Greene; all of whom have gone on to garner recognition and accolades both in Ireland and internationally.

IFTA 2020 – Screen Ireland Rising Star Nominees

Aisling Franciosi (Actress)  – Aisling Franciosi won great acclaim for her lead role in The Nightingale, a period film set in Tasmania and directed by Jennifer Kent. The Nightingale premiered to a rapturous reception at the Venice International Film Festival where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize. Franciosi won the Dublin Film Critics Circle Award 2019 for Breakthrough Performance. She is  known for playing the part of Katie Benedetto in the crime drama television series The Fall and for her role in the HBO series Game of Thrones  as Lyanna Stark . She will next be seen in the BBC/FX Series Black Narcissus.

October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: black narcissus   Images   news   trailers   tv shows   videos - Share:

Black Narcissus, a three-episode limited series from writer Amanda Coe and directed by Charlotte Bruus Christensen, will premiere all three episodes on FX Monday, November 23 beginning at 8 PM ET/PT, with the full series also available the following day on FX on Hulu.

Black Narcissus is based on the best-selling novel by Rumer Godden. Set in Mopu, Himalayas, in 1934 at a remote clifftop palace once known as the ‘House of Women’, the location holds many dark secrets. When the young nuns of St. Faith attempt to establish a mission there, its haunting mysteries awaken forbidden desires that seem destined to repeat a terrible tragedy.

During the latter years of British rule in India, ambitious young nun Sister Clodagh heads a mission to a remote part of the Himalayas. The palace of Mopu has been donated by General Toda Rai, who hopes the Sisters of St. Faith will rid the ‘House of Women’ of unhappy memories connected to his late sister, Srimati.

Although Clodagh ignores the warnings of the General’s raffish agent Mr. Dean, isolation and illness soon take their toll, with the haunting atmosphere of the palace particularly affecting volatile Sister Ruth. As past and present collide, the arrival of the young General Dilip Rai is the catalyst for an explosion of repressed desires that may end in a fatal confrontation.

Black Narcissus stars Gemma Arterton as “Sister Clodagh,” Alessandro Nivola as “Mr. Dean,” Aisling Franciosi as “Sister Ruth,” Diana Rigg as “Mother Dorothea,” Jim Broadbent as “Father Roberts,” Rosie Cavaliero as “Sister Briony,” Karen Bryson as “Sister Philippa,” Patsy Ferran as “Sister Blanche,” Nila Aalia as “Angu Ayah,” Kulvinder Ghir as “General Toda Rai,” Chaneil Kular as “Dilip Rai,” Dipika Kunwar as “Kanchi,” Gina McKee as “Sister Adela,” Soumil Malla as “Joseph Anthony,” Gianni Gonsalves as “Srimati Rai.”

Black Narcissus is produced by DNA TV in association with FX Productions for BBC One and the FX Networks. The series is executive produced by Coe along with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, and Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt for the BBC. Macdonald and Reich most recently served as executive producers on the FX on Hulu limited series Devs. Black Narcissus will air in the UK on BBC One in December.



October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: I know this much is true   interviews   tv shows   videos - Share:

Aisling Franciosi and Philip Ettinger discuss the beginnings of Dessa and Dominick’s relationship and how the two are consistently connected in I Know This Much is True.

Based on the 1998 bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, adapted and directed by Derek Cianfrance, this limited series follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers, played by Mark Ruffalo. A family saga, it tells a story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th-century America. Official Site of I Know This Much Is True on HBO:

October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: Desire of the Prey   movie news   movies   Netflix   news   Unforgiven - Share:

The global COVID-19 pandemic hit the film and TV industry very hard, with every single production shutting down in March 2020. But now, after several months, many productions are slowly coming back to life and setting dates for when they will get the cameras rolling again. Among them is Unforgiven who received the new title of Desire of the Prey.

Desire of the Prey

Sandra Bullock as Ruth Slater on set of Desire of the Prey (Photo credit: Netflix)

Directed by German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt and starring Sandra Bullock, Desire of the Prey (previously titled Unforgiven) tells the story of a woman who is trying to rejoin society after serving 15 years for murdering two police officers. She desires to live quietly with her younger sister (Aisling Franciosi), but one of the murdered police officer’s two sons seek revenge for their father. Also cast in Desire of the Prey are Daredevil and The Punisher stars Vincent D’Onofrio, and Jon Bernthal as well as How To Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis.

Production for Desire of the Prey began earlier this year, but was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming for the new Netflix drama will continue in September in Vancouver, Canada and will last until October 2020.

Predicted release date: 2021

October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: awards   IFTA   interviews   news   nominations   the nightingale - Share:

Aisling has said she is “really chuffed” to be nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role for The Nightingale at this year’s Irish Film and TV Awards.

Nominated alongside Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose), Bronagh Gallagher (A Bump Along the Way), Sarah Greene (Rosie), Seána Kerslake (The Hole in the Ground) and Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Franciosi is in great company in the Best Actress category.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Karen Creed about her nomination 27-year-old Franciosi said: “This film has travelled a long road. We shot it in 2017, premiered in 2018, was released in 2019, so I really wasn’t expecting this and I am really chuffed.

“To be in the same category as such actresses like Jessie, Bronagh, Saoirse, Sarah, Seána. I really admire the work that they do. I’m always really proud of the work that is coming our of the Irish industry, so to be given the recognition from home is really lovely.”

Announcing the nominees earlier this week, the Irish Film and Television Academy said it is “finalising plans for a bespoke virtual 2020 Awards Ceremony scheduled for September with full details to be announced shortly”.

While Franciosi, who was born in Dublin, said it would have been “really lovely to reconnect with some of the actors I know from home” and “have a party” had their been a glitzty awards ceremony, it doesn’t take away how excited she is to be acknowledge by her home country.

“I am really proud of that. It’s a lovely feeling,” she said.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Franciosi, was working on a Netflix film with Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis which she hopes will go back into production.

October 18, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: awards   IFTA   news   nominations   the nightingale - Share:

Aisling was nominated for the IFTA Awards 2020 in the Best Lead Actress category for her performance in The Nightingale.

A virtual ceremony will take place in 18th September, and a physical event will take place in April 2021.

Congratulations and good luck to Aisling and all the other nominees!

March 07, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: I know this much is true   news   trailers   tv shows   videos - Share:

HBO has released the first teaser trailer for its newest high-profile limited series, “I Know This Much Is True.” starring Mark Ruffalo. The six-episode series boasts a stellar cast that includes Kathryn Hahn, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Archie Punjabi, Imogen Poots, and Rosie O’Donnell.

Aisling plays the young version of Kathryn Hahn’s character, Dessa Constantine.

The series is based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, and was adapted for the screen by Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines”) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball,” “Beyond the Lights”). Cianfrance directs all six episodes as well. HBO will premiere “I Know This Much Is True” on April 27.

January 29, 2020 - admin - 0 comments - Filed Under: appearances   Events   news - Share:

Last night, January 28, Aisling attended the screening of “The Assistant” in New York. “The Assistant” is an American drama film written and directed by Kitty Green and starring Julia Garner. See the photos by clicking on the thumbnails below.