Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Heritage Niamh Smyth has congratulated Robbie Ryan on his success in the Cannes Film Festival. Two films shot by the Irish cinematographer were awarded prestigious prizes at the acclaimed festival, including the Palme d’Or for Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.
Deputy Smyth commented, “Robbie’s tremendous success this year is a testament to his incredible talent and skill. He is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most influential film-makers having shot an extensive and impressive catalogue of award winning films.
“Robbie represents what’s best about Ireland’s Arts community. Having completed a course in cinematography in IADT, he moved to London to pursue his passion. His talent and enthusiasm saw him involved in Bafta and Oscar winning shorts such as Shadowscan and Wasp, building on an already impressive reputation.
“I want to congratulate Robbie, who is an inspiration to all film makers in this country. His success is an example of the immense talent that Ireland has to offer, and reinforces the importance of the Arts community here. We need to ensure that artists are given the necessary supports and encouragement to nurture their talent so that they can also become leading lights in their field”.