The brains behind Element Pictures on friendship, RTÉ and the secret to their Oscars success

Fresh from news of 11 Oscar nominations for Poor Things, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures discuss pride, passion and the fundamental problem with RTÉ

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney, co-chief executives of Element Pictures. Picture: Bryan Meade

Behind a nondescript door on Dublin’s O’Connell Street lie the tasteful, monochrome offices of the country’s most exciting screen production company.

Upstairs in a conference room, the cheerful founders of Element Pictures – Ed Guiney, in glasses and with a striped scarf around his neck, Andrew Lowe in an open-necked shirt – sit near photos of Normal People stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, film festival posters and statuettes from the Golden Globes, Iftas and ...