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Oscar shortlist for Enniskillen filmmaker

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Brian J Falconer, right, from Enniskillen

AN ENNISKILLEN born filmmaker is in the running to win an Oscar.

Brian J Falconer, from Enniskillen, produced the film ‘Boogaloo and Graham’ – and it has been chosen out of 140 short films into the final 10 which will advance to the voting stage of the competition.

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The film is set in 1970s Belfast, and directed by Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney, and follows ‘two young boys as they discover the facts of life aided by the help of their pet chickens’.

Starring Martin McCann (The Survivalist, Jump, Whole Lotta Sole), Charlene McKenna (Jump, Ripper Street) and Jonathan Harden (Five Minutes of Heaven, Fifty Dead Men Walking), the film was also supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Film Institute (BFI).

Speaking to the Fermanagh Herald this week, Brian was delighted at the shortlist. He explained that the film was made in April this year, before having its international premier at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“It’s absolutely amazing. It probably hasn’t sunk in or will not sink in,” Brian said.

“ It’s proved itself to be as good as people hoped for, there was such an amazing buzz around it.”

He explained his role as a producer.

“My job as a producer is that I am basically a problem solver. When I read the script I thought it was the most amazing script I’ve ever read. Before you knew it all these amazing aspects of the script became nightmares – so it was difficult in that way. It took me 88 days from when I got the script until the actual shooting.

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“I just like a challenge,” he added.

The ten shortlisted will be reduced to between three and five in December, before the 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15.

The Oscars will be televised on February 22.

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