Aislinn to mix with stars at The Oscars

Dundalk filmmaker Aislinn Clarke will rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the Oscars next month after receiving an invite for the exclusive event. Aislinn, who hails from Fatima, has been invited to the glitzy awards ceremony off the back of receiving the UK Academy Gold Fellowship for Women back in October. The award is part of AMPAS’ Action: The Academy Women’s Initiative, which launched in 2018 to support emerging female filmmakers. Sponsored by Swarovski, it gave Aislinn a £20,000 bursary, as well as a year-long mentorship scheme from the Academy.
Aislinn made waves internationally in 2018 following the success of her debut feature film, The Devil’s Doorway. The former pupil of Gaelscoil Dún Dealgan and Colaiste Rís saw her debut film being very well received by critics around the world. She is the first Irish woman to write and direct an internationally distributed horror film.
The Devil’s Doorway premiered in competition at the Seattle International Film Festival before opening in cinemas across the US in July 2018. The unsettling film, set in a Magdalene laundry in 1960, has been released all over the world and has appeared on several end of year ‘Best Horror Film of 2018’ lists
Aislinn’s love of horror was passed down to her by her dad Johnny and having been bullied at school she found horror films a means of escape from everyday anxieties.
According to Aislinn the invite to the Oscars was a nice way to start the new decade and the newly wed is looking forward to attending the ceremony next month.
“I hold the academy gold fellowship for a year so I got an invite to the Oscars off the back of that,” explained Aislinn. “This is only the second year that they’ve had that particular award, so I wasn’t sure if I would be invited or not. I wasn’t overly surprised though. They do take the Gold Fellowship very seriously.
“My guest for the event is producer Marianne Maddelena, who was Wes Craven’s producer for decades. She produced the iconic horror films ‘A Nightmare on Elm St, Scream, all his big films and has produced a multi Oscar nominated film too (Music of the Heart with Meryl Streep). We’ve become good friends since meeting at a film festival four years ago. With regards to the ceremony I think I just get to enjoy the evening and won’t have to go up on stage or anything. I haven’t been told anything else so far anyway. There are also surrounding events I have to attend including the cocktail party they host for the feature film nominees,” stated Aislinn.

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