Film director Terry George has returned to his native County Down following his Oscar triumph in Hollywood.
But an Oscar celebration party in his home village of Killough was put on ice for a while longer as he recovered from his trans-Atlantic journey, the Belfast Telegraph reported.
“The Shore,” directed by George and produced by his daughter, Oorlagh, won an Academy Award for the best live action short. It is set on Coney Island near Killough, which is situated on the edge of Strangford Lough.
“It’s great to come home and to visit everyone who made the film possible, the people who were in it, go back and see our neighbors,” George said after landing in Belfast.
“You kind of hope that you’ll bring back the awards here to Ireland,” he said.
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“The Shore” is a tale of a man who moves to the U.S. to get away from the Troubles and returns home after 25 years. The film stars Irish actors Ciaran Hinds, Maggie Cronin and Conleth Hill.
“I’m really excited to come home and share it with our family who were all in the film and also with everyone who made it possible: Tourism Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, the cast and crew that we had were so incredible,” said a delighted Oorlagh George.
Meanwhile, “The Shore” is now available for purchase on iTunes. Details and purchasing at http://itunes.apple.com /gb/movie/the-shore/id504936246.