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Northman production team win award for their work with Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe in counties Donegal, Antrim and Sligo

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The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) will celebrate the winners of the 2022 PGGB Awards in association with Warner Bros Studios Leavesden tomorrow evening, as the UK industry comes together to recognize the outstanding achievements of Production Guild members working in film or dramatic television within the production office, accounting, sets, production assistant, post-production and VFX.

Six prizes will be awarded at the scintillating ceremony hosted by comedian and TV presenter Patrick Kielty tomorrow night (Saturday March 26) at The Grove in Hertfordshire – including the prize won by the team behind the Viking epic – The Northman.

Dan Dark, EVP Warner Bros. Worldwide Studio Operations said: “It has been a fantastic year for UK production with so many PGGB members making such an outstanding contribution to the industry. I am especially pleased to see how our industry recognizes the importance of diversity and equality and strives to make all areas of our business more inclusive. This year’s awards will be a great opportunity to come together in person and celebrate the incredible achievements of our talented winners.

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Director Robert Eggers and crew on the set of THE NORTHMAN (Credit Aidan Monaghan copyright 2022 Focus Features, LLC)

The PGGB Film Production Team of the Year Award, sponsored by Panalux, went to the production team behind the action-packed Viking epic The Northman (New Regency/Focus Features). PGGB Members Mark Huffam (Producer), Peter Eardley (Financial Controller), Naomi Liston (Supervising Location Manager) Darren Chesney (Production Manager), Nikki Chamberlain (UK Production Accountant), Tom Boardman (Payroll Accountant), Barry McGoniglet (Assistant Accountant ) and Jakub Malar (assistant accountant) receive the award for their outstanding work on the action film set in 10th century Iceland.

When the UK went into lockdown just days before principal photography for The Northman began in March 2020, director Robert Eggers and crew were quarantined in Belfast to rethink practices and schedules of production, designing innovative solutions to Covid security challenges and navigating arrangements with a national multi-distribution that included Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe.

With overseas locations off the table due to travel restrictions, the team set out to recreate the Scandinavian aspect of the film here in Ireland, redesigning locations and building sets and preparing everything from costumes and props to horse training and armory safety during close. Three-month filming finally began in August 2020 at Belfast Harbor Studios and on location in Torr Head (County Antrim) where a full Viking village has been constructed. Other locations included Five Finger Strand (County Donegal) and The Gleniff Horseshoe (County Sligo). The Northman will be released in the UK on April 15 and in the US on April 22 via Universal Pictures UK.

Jury Chairman, Producer and Executive Producer Callum McDougal (1917, Spectre) says: “The Northman was the first major feature film to shoot in Northern Ireland during COVID-19. It was an absolute trailblazer, sending a sign around the world that we could continue to work safely in this country and successfully deliver the film. The team truly went above and beyond, showing an exceptional degree of resilience and ingenuity while staying true to the film’s original concept.

Ethan Hawke stars as King Aurvandil in director Robert Eggers’ Viking epic THE NORTHMAN, a Focus Features release. Credit: Aiden Monaghan / © 2021 Focus Features, LLC

The full list of 2022 PGGB Award Winners is as follows:

The PGGB Film Production Team of the Year Award sponsored by Panalux: The Northman (New Regency/Focus Features)

Special Mention: Rocks (Fable Pictures/BFI/Film4)

The PGGB High-End TV Production Team of the Year Award sponsored by Netflix: The North Water (see Saw Films/BBC)

Special Mention: Suspect w/t (Eagle Eye Drama/Channel 4)

The PGGB Inspiration Award sponsored by BCD Media and Entertainment: Samantha Perahia MBE, Head of Production UK, British Film Commission

Special mention: Lynn Saunders, head of the Liverpool Film Office

The PGGB Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award sponsored by Equals Money: Emily Stillman (Senior Vice President, Studio Operations WBSL) and actress Charlotte Riley, The WonderWorks

Special mentions: Channel 4’s “Black to Front” campaign; the Film & TV Charity’s mental health campaigns; Jules Hussey (Brazen Productions); Nahrein Kemp (ITV Creative Diversity Partner), Digital Orchard Foundation; Sky Productions for The Rising

The PGGB Spotlight on New Talent Award sponsored by MBS Equipment Co: Fay Mohamed

Special Mention: Elizabeth Perkins

The PGGB Contribution to the Industry Award sponsored by Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios: Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, EON Productions