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    Emigrant drama takes Irish award, goes to US

    By Noreen Bowden | August 1, 2007

    A drama about Irish emigrants in London has taken a major Irish film award.  “Kings”, a feature shot mostly in Irish, has taken the Directors Finders Series award. The film, based on the play “Kings of the Kilburn High Road”, tells the story of a group of young men who leave the west of Ireland for London in the 1970s. Thirty years later, they are reunited at the funeral of the youngest of them. The film depicts the men’s feelings of dislocation and isolation after three decades spent on the building sites of Britain.

    The award means that it will be taken to the US, where it will be showcased to distributors with the intention of securing a US distribution deal.

    The film stars Colm Meaney as well as Donal O’Kelly, Brendan Conroy, Donncha Crowley, Barry Barnes and Seán Ó Tarpaigh. It was regarded as one of the hot tickets at the recent Galway Film Fleadh.

    The film was recently reviewed favourably in Variety. Read the review.

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