The lack of lead actress nominees at the IFTAs perfectly demonstrates why we need more Irish films starring women

THIS YEAR’S IFTA nominations were announced yesterday with Maudie, Cardboard Gangsters, Handsome Devil, The Farthest and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, leading the way.

One of the main talking points following yesterday’s announcement was the conspicuous lack of nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Just three actresses were nominated in the category – Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Sarah Bolger (Halal Daddy) and Ann Skelly (Kissing Candice). That’s compared to five actors duking it out for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Aine Moriarty of IFTA attributed the discrepancy to the small number of roles written for women over the past year.

Because there was just not a level of script written for women, it was a very low number of scripts written for lead women in the past year.

It’s a fairly depressing indictment of the Irish film industry that IFTA could barely cobble together three lead actress nominees, made infinitely worse when you take…

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