- 15 Feb 18
Filmmaker NORA TWOMEY discusses Oscar nominations, the brand new Animated Festival taking place in Kilkenny, and why the animation sector is thriving in Ireland. Interview: Peter McGoran
One of the founders of Cartoon Saloon, the hugely successful Kilkenny-based animation studio, Nora Twomey is no stranger to the Academy Awards. Both of the previous films she worked on, 2010’s The Secret Of Kells and 2015’s Song Of The Sea, were nominated for Oscars, narrowly missing out on both occasions. With the studio’s newest effort The Breadwinner in contention this year, Twomey is hoping it’ll be third time lucky. So was it still surprise when the news came in, or are Oscar nods now par for the course for Cartoon Saloon?
“Honestly, if anything, I suppose there was a little bit more pressure with this one,” muses Twomey. “Considering we had two nominations for the previous films, even from the moment we announced The Breadwinner, the word ‘Oscar’ would be mentioned. In that sense, it’s really great to get the nomination. More broadly, it always means the world when independent films get recognition like this.”
The Breadwinner tells the story of an 11-year old girl, Parvana, who lives with her family under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. After her father is wrongfully arrested, she cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family, before embarking on a quest to rescue her father.