Friday 15 December 2017

IFTA presenters were a disgrace and night was a mess, blasts Fricker

AND the IFTA for most disgraceful performance in a lead role goes to .. Jennifer Maguire.

At least that is the view of Oscar winner Brenda Fricker in a scathing attack on the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Ms Fricker, who won an Oscar for My Left Foot in 1989, branded the event 'disgraceful' and said that the presenters, Jennifer Maguire and Raw actor Keith McErlean, were awful.

The former Casualty actress accused Ms Maguire of not knowing "what she was doing" on the night -- which she left early.

The 66-year-old star, who was introduced as one of the major celebrities at the glamourous event, said that she was "cringing in her seat" when the duo took to the stage to present.

"The people who were presenting it were disgraceful," she said.

"Those young people got everything wrong. The boy couldn't remember to say who the nominees were -- he got it wrong every time.

"The music was off, and late, because he didn't say his cues. It was a mess. I was cringeing in my seat. It was badly organised and the room was full of people who could have gotten up and done it perfectly," she added, questioning why the "unprofessional" incident occurred.


"Why didn't they get them to do it instead of two kids who didn't know what they were doing, and didn't know how to use an autocue? It was very unprofessional".

The My Left Foot actress has also described the star-studded bash, which took place at Dublin's Convention Centre on Saturday, as being "badly organised" and a let down.

"I hated it. It was mind blowingly, numbingly boring. It was a mess. Badly organised."

Miss Fricker, who was nominated for her supporting role in Glenn Close's film Albert Nobbs but lost out on the night to Fionnula Flanagan, left the show early, after "saying hello" to special guest President Michael D Higgins.

The veteran actress was happy however to turn out to enjoy an afternoon at the Leopardstown Park Hospital in Dublin yesterday.

She arrived for the launch of an outreach programme, Picture House, which the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has described as a new initiative to bring the magic of cinema to people who would otherwise be unable to take part in the festival.

"This is such a good idea, so it's a real pleasure to be here doing this," admitted Brenda, who warmly greeted residents before and after the film in her role as patron.

"When you have someone of the calibre of Brenda Fricker coming in, it makes everyone feel valued and that is very important to us," Elaine Flanagan, director of nursing at Leopardstown Park Hospital added.

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