Clonmel actress on IFTA nominations list

Sian Moloughney

Sian Moloughney

An actress from Clonmel is on the list of nominations for the Irish ‘Oscars,’ to be announced early next year.

Olwyn Boyle, daughter of Mattie and Carmel from Clonmel, has been acting since she was just eight years old, and now could be in the running for a top award at the Irish Film and Television Awards, in 2013.

Nominations for the awards were unveiled recently and Olwyn is among 12 actresses nominated on the long list for best supporting actress. Only members of IFTA can vote in the awards, and Olwyn won’t know until after Christmas if she has made the final four - however her nomination comes for a feature film which is her first to star in and has not yet been released in Ireland, making her selection even more impressive!

She told The Nationalist that to be nominated and to know the Film Board are watching the movie in itself is such a privilege. “To have people watching you for an award is amazing. There are not a lot of Irish movies being made so it would be lovely to see ‘A Song for Amy’ win.”

Olwyn has been nominated for her role in the Irish made movie ‘A Song for Amy.’ The movie tells the story of Sean O’Malley, a struggling Irish musician, who writes an album for the love of his life in an attempt to redeem himself, with the help and hindrance of his misfit band mates. Olwyn plays the role of ‘Lilt.’

The movie has also received long-list nominations in the categories: best feature film, best supporting actor, best score, best script, best male actor, best production and design.

The awards take place in February and Olwyn will know if she is in the final four some time in January.

The movie was shot last year in Kinvara, Galway. Olwyn described the five-week shoot as an amazing experience, but she has since learned just how long it takes to bring a movie from shooting to release.

While we are waiting to see the movie there have already been some screenings and Olwyn has seen it twice - at the London screening for cast, crew and their families and at the Galway Film Fleadh when she was delighted to be able to bring along her parents, family and friends.

The UK premier of the movie will be in Glasgow in February, as it is a very Scottish movie, and it is hoped it will go on cinema release in the new year.

Already there has been success for ‘A Song for Amy’ at the Film Fleadh and also at the Newport Beach film festival in Orange County, California.

Olwyn started acting with the late Mary Cummins, when she was eight. She has been a member of Clonmel Choral Society and now she lives in Dublin she is a member of lots of musical societies. This year she is the chairperson of Dundrum Musical Society who will be staging ‘The Wizard of Oz’ after Christmas.

As well as acting, Olwyn is busy having gone back to college and also teaching drama in Dublin.

She attended the IFTAs last year and at the time it was a dream she could attend this year as a nominee. A dream that is now a step closer!