By Andrea Clarke
IRISH film Strength and Honour has scooped two awards at the prestigious Boston Film Festival.
The movie won Best Picture and Best Actor, marking the first time both awards have gone to the same feature in the festival’s history.
Written and directed by Cork filmmaker Mark Mahon, Strength and Honour tells the story of an Irish-American boxer, played by Kill Billâ€™s Michael Madsen, who promised his late wife he would never fight again having killed his friend in the ring.
But after he discovers his only son is dying of the same heart condition that killed his wife, the boxer breaks his promise and returns to the ring to raise money for surgery to save the boys life.
The film was shot in Cork over seven weeks last year and also stars Dublin-born actor Patrick Bergin, Richard Chamberlain and Vinnie Jones.
Award winner Mahon recently signed up to direct Freedom Within The Heart, a film about young Irish revolutionary Brian Boru and his fight for freedom against the marauding Vikings, starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Vinnie Jones.
He said of his win: “This is a great honour.Â To win top awards at such a prestigious festival is surreal – competition was fierce this year with a large number of high profile titles competingâ€