Ballycastle actor basking in Oscar glory

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BALLYCASTLE actor Conleth Hill is celebrating after his film ‘The Shore’ won the ultimate accolade in the movie industry - an Oscar.

‘The Shore’, directed by Terry George, won an Oscar on Sunday in the live action short category at the Oscars in America.

‘The Shore’ was filmed at Terry George’s family cottage at Coney Island near Ardglass.

As well as Hill (pictured) it stars major Northern Ireland actors Ciaran Hinds and Maggie Cronin.

Mr George was twice previously nominated for his screenplays for Hotel Rwanda and In the Name of the Father.

He paid tribute to the people of Northern Ireland after receiving the Oscar.

“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,” he said.

“I want to dedicate this to them.

“This is about reconciliation in Northern Ireland, it is really close to my heart.”

A screening of The Shore on BBC on Sunday night coincided with the 84th Academy Awards taking place across the Atlantic.

The short film is an uplifting story of two boyhood best friend, Joe played by Ciaran Hinds and Paddy (Hill), divided for 25 years by the tumult of the Troubles.

When Joe returns to Northern Ireland, his daughter brings the two men together for a reunion, with unexpected results.

Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen, described The Shore as a “fantastic, indigenous project”.

Ailsa Orr, Head of Programmes with BBC Northern Ireland, said the film is a showcase of Northern Ireland and its considerable talent, and she was proud to have it in the schedule.