A Bump Along the Way, the hit comedy drama filmed entirely in Derry-Londonderry, has continued its run of success with nominations at the prestigious British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).
The film, which stars local actress Bronagh Gallagher as Pamela, a single mother who becomes pregnant after a one-night-stand, has received glowing reviews since its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The BIFAs, which celebrate the best of UK independent filmmaking, named A Bump Along The Way in its shortlist for the Raindance Discovery Award. It also gave longlist breakthrough nominations to director Shelly Love, screenwriter Tess McGowan, producer (and sister of Bronagh) Louise Gallagher, and newcomer Lola Petticrew, who plays Pamela’s teenage daughter.
And while the film missed out on any gongs at the BIFAs on December 1, its trophy cabinet includes the New Talent Award (for Petticrew) and First Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh, and Best Feature Film at the Irish Film Festival London.
Critics, meanwhile, have described it as a “charming story” (The Irish Times) with Bronagh Gallagher “terrific” in the lead role (The Guardian).