The Banshees of Inisherin co-producer James Flynn, who was nominated for an Oscar, has away. He was 57.
According to various Irish news outlets, he died of an undisclosed illness. Metropolitan Films, the production company Flynn founded with his wife Juanita Wilson, according to Variety, confirmed he died on Saturday, Feb. 11, in a statement shared on its website Monday.
“All of us in Metropolitan Films are deeply saddened by the passing of our esteemed founder, colleague, and great friend James Flynn, who departed peacefully on Saturday morning with his wife Juanita Wilson and children Alex and Anna by his side,” the statement shared by Metropolitan Films read.
The statement said, “No words can fully express James’s significant contribution to the Irish cinema and television business over three decades on a national and international level.
Young, aspiring filmmakers and seasoned Irish and international industry professionals sought his assistance, and he freely and generously offered his advice and direction to all.
The statement confirmed Flynn had recently been ill: “James fought his recent illness with courage, dignity, and positivity to the very end. Therefore, we are acutely aware that the news of his passing has been an unexpected shock for all of us.”
The Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland also paid tribute to Flynn on Twitter. “The Director’s Guild is deeply saddened by the passing of producer James Flynn, a huge loss to the industry, and our thoughts are with his family,” it wrote.
The Director’s Guild is deeply saddened by the passing of producer James Flynn, a huge loss to the industry and our thoughts are with his family ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eyDZlZZ2iF
— SDGI (@screendirectors) February 12, 2023
Flynn was a co-worker on the 1998 film Sweety Barrett alongside Oscar-nominated producer Ed Guiney, who recalled him as a “great person.”
In an interview with The Irish Times, he said of James, “James was a beautiful person, a fantastic producer – he had an encyclopedic knowledge of film and was the smartest of any of my generation of filmmakers.
“At the Film Board, as a member of Screen Producers Ireland and producer, he made enormous contributions to the business.”
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