The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council and the Artlinks partners congratulate James Phelan from Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford who won the top award for script writing at the Irish Film and Television Awards. James is a current Artlinks bursary recipient.
James won for the funny and clever script he wrote for the mini-series 'Wrecking the Rising' - a look at what happens when three history enthusiasts from 2016 find themselves transported back to the heart of the action in the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916.It aired as part of the 1916 commemorations last year to critical and popular acclaim, and starred actor Peter Coonan, of Love/Hate.
James also wrote the script for the hit RTE drama 'Striking Out.' The star of that series, actress Amy Huberman, won the best actress in a lead role in a drama IFTA for her role. The IFTA Awards took place in the Mansion House in Dublin on Saturday 8th April 2017.