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EXCLUSIVE! Director Gerard Barrett reveals his parents kept his IFTA Award for themselves

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Irish director Gerard Barrett has revealed his parents have held onto his IFTA award from 2013.

The Kerry native won the gong for rising star for his flick Pilgrim Hill and his mam and Dad have the award standing proudly in their house.

“My mother and father have my award down in Kerry,” he told Goss.ie.

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“This industry is a tough one to survive in so to have the support of my parents is really great.”

Speaking at the 2015 IFTA awards, the filmmaker revealed it’s great to have his work celebrated by an Irish awards show.

“It is very special. Jack Reynor and I are too irish boys and we got together to make this so it’s great to be recognised,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gerard  is looking ahead yo shooting his new flick  Brain On Fire this summer in New York with A-list movie star Charlize Theron.

“We’re shooting this summer with Charlize in New York. It’s not everyday that you get to film in America or New York so it’s very exciting,” he told Goss.ie.