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'Horribly funny': The Guard wins Guardian First Film award

John Michael McDonagh’s film has been recognised by the British newspaper’s annual film awards.

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ONE OF THE most successful independently funded Irish films ever has won the Guardian First Film award.

The awards by the British newspaper are aimed at highlighting emerging talent which may not have received the recognition it deserves.

The film was directed by John Michael McDonagh and stars Brendan Gleeson who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Sergeant Gerry Boyle.

He plays a cynical member of the Gardaí in rural Ireland who takes on international drug dealers with the help of an FBI agent played by Don Cheadle.

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The film is “originality and wit … horribly funny, deliciously incorrect, with an unexpectedly stirring, old-fashioned friendship between two lawmen” according to the Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw who was one of the judges of the awards, which are in their fourth year.

McDonagh was quoted as being “pretty surprised and very pleased” with the award.

The film beat Tyrannosaur, Submarine, and Attack the Block to win the category.

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