Fionnula Flanagan to Receive the Steve Brennan Award at L.A. Irish Film Festival

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Fionnula Flanagan

The "Lost" and "Brotherhood" actress will be honored with the award -- named after the former international editor of The Hollywood Reporter -- on opening night of the fest.

Fionnula Flanagan will be honored with the Steve Brennan Award at the opening night of the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival on Sept. 29 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater.

Raised in Dublin, Flanagan has appeared in such distinctive Irish films as Ulysses, Waking Ned Devine, Some Mother’s Son and James Joyce’s Women, which she also wrote and produced. Her feature film credits also include The Others, The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Transamerica, The Guard and the upcoming When Angels Sing, in which she stars with Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson.

Her many TV appearances include roles on Brotherhood and Lost. She also recently wrapped production on the Irish language television mini-series Paddywhackery for the TG4 channel in Ireland.

The award is named after the late Steve Brennan, the former international editor of The Hollywood Reporter and author of the book Emeralds in Tinseltown.

“We are honored to be paying tribute to the superb actress Fionnula Flanagan accompanied by a special screening of The Guard, in which she stars, which is one of the most entertaining films of the year. Fionnula Flanagan is an international star and one of Ireland's national treasures and has been a friend to the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival since our inception," festival director Lisa McLaughlin said. 

The festival, which runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, will include the U.S. premiere of Dreaming the Quiet Man and the West Coast premiere of The Swell Season. Beyond opening night, screenings will take place at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theater in Santa Monica.