Belfast's Oscar winner returns home

Published Monday, 05 March 2012
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Oscar-winning filmmakers Terry and Oorlagh George have arrived back in Northern Ireland with their "American presents".

Belfast's Oscar winner returns home
Terry and Oorlagh with their Oscar awards. (© Pacemaker)

The father and daughter pair - who picked up the glittering prizes in Hollywood last weekend for their short movie The Shore - touched down at Belfast International on Monday morning.

Mr George described how it felt to return home to a hero's welcome, after walking a specially laid-out red carpet to the applause of passengers.

He told UTV: "It's breathtaking, stunning - is that the word? It's really great.

"We had a great reception at the airport from friends, family and the press this morning, crisp skies, a beautiful morning, it's a real trip."

The Oscar win was a new high in the career of the highly-acclaimed Belfast director, who previously earned nods for In The Name Of The Father and Hotel Rwanda.

Mr George filmed the 30-minute short on the Co Down coastline where he grew up, and dedicated his prize to the local people and the beauty of the land.

He continued: "It's special. I grew up in Killough and to go back now having shot this little film that tells the story of the place is a vindication of its beauty, the humour of the people and the solidarity so it's really great to go back."

The director added that there was quite a buzz as he left the airport in America after the distinctive shape of his Oscar statuette was recognised inside a hold-all.

He explained: "Going out of America one lady came up and said 'is that an Oscar' and I said 'yeah'.

"They gathered around us and had a look but didn't open the bag so it was fine. We just carried the Oscars with us - when they asked for visa for both we said they were American presents!"

It is understood the Georges are planning to take the Oscar back to The Anchor Bar in Killough, were much of the film was set, to celebrate later in the week.

But before that they will be returning to the serenity of Coney Island for a well-earned break to reflect on becoming the toast of Hollywood.

© UTV News
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