Sinéad Matthews Wins Michael Powell Award!
Award winners were announced this week at the 72nd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and huge congratulations go to our wonderful SINÉAD MATTHEWS, who won the Michael Powell Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film, for her stunning performance in Jellyfish.
The award was given jointly to Sinéad and her Jellyfish co-star Liv Hill. Of Sinéad's performance, the jury said: “...the Michael Powell jury recognises an actress who carries their character in every bone of their body and on whose shoulders rests the ultimate success of the film...Sinéad Matthews creates a visceral character of abysmal highs and lows with assured powerful and elegant touches. In less capable hands, the character could have been detrimental to the movie but her thoughtful and complex portrayal of a woman in the grip of mental health issues was extraordinary.”
Jellyfish is the debut feature by British writer/director James Gardner and tells the story of a teenage carer who discovers a hidden talent for stand-up comedy as an escape from being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local arcade and having to look after her younger brother, sister and manic-depressive mother (played by Sinéad).
The film is a triumph and the plaudits and awards for Sinéad's performance are well and truly deserved. Congrats Sinéad!