66 year old writer and director Jim Sheridan is one of the titan of Irish filmmaking, with a hand in productions like My Left Foot (nominated for two Oscars), In the Name of the Father, The Field and In America.
Sheridan's impressive career is to be honoured in style in 2015, with a Lifetime Achivement Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy. He will receive the honour at the 12 annual IFTA Awards on the 24th of May.
Jim Sheridan follows in the footsteps of IFTA Academy Lifetime recipients such as Maureen O’Hara, David Kelly, George Morrison, Morgan O’Sullivan, John Boorman, Gay Byrne, Neil Jordan, Fionnula Flanagan and President Michel D. Higgins.
IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty, “The Academy is honoured to pay tribute to the great Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan. He is a master storyteller, bold and brilliant, whose skill and vision continues to inspire so many, and his constant support and nurturing of Irish creative talent is part of his ongoing legacy."
Sheridan's other film work includes penning the script for Into the West and Some Mother's Son as well as helming Brothers and Get Rich or Die Tryin' in the Hollywood system. But for many it's still his work on My Left Foot which remains the most enduring, helping to introduce the world to the incredible talent of Daniel Day-Lewis and earning the actor his first of three Academy Awards.
“This film and working with Jim Sheridan changed my life. I doubt I will have a happier experience. Not just because the film had a kind of success that we certainly didn't expect, but more really because of the way we made the film.”
Daniel Day Lewis on making My Left Foot
The 2015 IFTA Awards will take place at the Mansion House Dublin on Sunday the 24th of May with the event being broadcast on TV3 on Monday the 25th of May 2015.