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Thomasin McKenzie to be Honoured with Golden Key Award for Emerging Talent at Key West Film Festival

The Key West Film Festival has today revealed the recipient of its 3rd annual Golden Key Award for Emerging Talent. 

The Golden Key for Emerging Talent, presented to actors and directors who will dominate cinema and television screens for years to come, will be presented to Thomasin McKenzie for her breakout role in the NEON Rated release of EILEEN also starring Anne Hathaway and Shea Wigham. The film will screen as the Closing Night film of the festival. 

Previous recipients of the award include Kodi Smit-McPhee for his Oscar nominated performance in Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog and Elegance Bratton for his work behind the camera in The Inspection.

Commenting on the news, Michael Tuckman, Director of Programming of the Key West Film Festival said, “We are elated to present this award to Thomasin McKenzie, who wowed KWFF audiences  two years ago with a formidable role in “The Power of the Dog,” giving us great joy to see her in a truly starring and star-making role. While the ongoing labor negotiations sadly prevent her from attending, we at the festival felt it was a performance that should not go unheralded regardless of her ability to participate. It’s a performance for the ages and a it would be a crime for it not to be recognized.” 

New Zealand actress Thomasin McKenzie drew international acclaim in Debra Granik’s 2018 film, Leave No Trace. A string of projects followed, such as Justin Kelly’s The True History of The Kelly Gang, David Michôd’s The King, portraying the influential Philippa of England, and Gaysorn Thavatt’s The Justice of Bunny King. Prior to this worldwide momentum, Thomasin diligently laid the foundations of her career in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Her first professional screen role was in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in 2013, followed by the prescient lead in Consent: The Louise Nicholson Story.  She memorably played Elsa Korr in Taika Waititi’s Oscar-nominated Jojo Rabbit, and Lola in Jane Campion’s Power of The Dog. 2021 saw the culmination of a series of projects: Edgar Wright’s horror, Last Night in Soho, M Night Shyamalan’s thriller, Old, and the BBC adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, as the central character, Ursula.


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