Good news from across the Irish Sea with word that the North Wales International Film Festival has awarded Waterford actor Michael Power with Best Actor for his role in Bob Gallagher’s Irish apocalyptic drama Zephra.

Zephra concerns the trials and tribulations of John (Power), who has survived the end of the world. He lives in an isolated Bothy in the mountains until he decides to go in search of fresh water. This leads him to a fateful encounter with a young pregnant couple.

The film, which was made via the RTÉ/Filmbase awards scheme stars Power (Game of Thrones), Sam Keeley (In the Heart of the Sea), Annabella Forbes, and Andrea Crowe. It is produced by Jenny Moylan and Older Than Ireland director Alex Fegan.

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Zephra was shot in Donegal, and highlights the counties stunning landscape. The film has been nominated for Best Drama at the prestigious Aesthetica Short Film Festival, amongst others, with Power previously winning Best Actor from the Portsmouth International Film Festival.

Power has also collaborated with Gallagher on the Floor Staff music video ‘The Guest’ and Human Rights Awards nominated Transgender rights campaign video ‘Nightmare’. He has also appeared in Alan Friel’s touching short film Sophie at the Races and Carrie Crowley’s Waterway, as well as featuring in Game of Thrones.

Gallagher has recently produced the Irish Film Board backed short A Terrible Hullabaloo in collaboration with Bowsie Workshop as part of the IFB After ’16 short film scheme. This will receive its world premiere with the 8 other After ’16 shorts at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival later this month.

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