WATCH: The full, official video of John Connors' incredible speech from the IFTAs
This will go down as one of THE great awards speeches.
John Connors have one of the great acceptance speeches at last week's Irish Film and Television Awards, having picked up the award for Best Actor for his role in Cardboard Gangsters.
Connors, upon accepting his award, took a jab at the politics of the industry, the lack of diversity in the Film Board’s selections, and sheds light on the challenges he faces as an Irish Traveller trying to find representation to support him.
“Despite the fact that I can’t get an agent to represent me, and no filmmakers or casting directors will look past the fact that I am a Traveller, this is still a huge moment for me.”
Connors' speech has been lauded for pointing out the obvious and gaping holes in the industry, as well as speaking candidly and with empathy about his own struggle.
You won't forget this in a hurry.