I grew up in Wicklow, Ireland, and moved to the U.S. in the early 1990′s to study film (as there were no film schools in Ireland at the time). I received a B.F.A in film production at Tisch, N.Y.U. Published 2 short stories and won the Elaine Kuntz memorial writing award. I followed with an M.F.A at University of Southern California where I won the 546 Thesis award and $47,000. in funding for my project ‘Betting the Game’. It was accepted into 19 international festivals – winning Worldfest, 1st place Platinum Award Best Short (1,400 entries). Atalantic City Film Festival, 1st place – Best Dramatic Short. 49th Columbus International Film Festival – Bronze plaque. Rochester Int’l Film Festival Trophy Winner. It was then picked up for Television by: PBS, KCET ‘Fine Cut’ Series, The Sci-fi Channel (U.S.A.); BS Japan Network (Tokyo Japan), Universal Television (Spain), Film Four (U.K), RTE National Broadcast Station & Network 2 (Ireland).
The feature length script was also a Finalist for the Sundance institute Feature Filmmakers lab. 2002.
Upon graduation, I worked as a screenwriter for academy award winning director Jim Sheridan, adapting a film he had the rights to ‘Tesis’ by Academy Award winner Alejandro Amenebar. After the success of ‘Betting the Game’ I was then attached to direct the project – with Christina Ricci, Charlie Hunnam and Lukas Haas attached for funding – but the film never secured full financing.
I became a member of BAFTA/LA, before returning to Ireland and concentrating on my photography. I worked for concert promoters M.C.D. for a number of years. My work has been accepted in the R.H.A. annual show, and is displayed at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin Airport V.I.P. lounge areas, and The Administration offices,University Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A. My photographs have also published in various magazines and newspapers.
In recent years – apart from directing and producing music videos – ‘Lost in Music’ and “Celebrate’ for Jerry’s Fish’s re-release in aid of Barretstown – I took time off to adopt and raise a daughter.
I’m now co-writing a TV pilot ‘Calibre’, a thriller on the pharmaceutical industry, with American Director Christopher N. Rowley, and, continuing a 10 year solo documentary project ‘The Directors’ following film directors working (and not working) in Hollywood – Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn, San Andreas), John Cregan (Lost Soul, Devolved), Barbara Stepansky (Taken for Ransom, Flint) to name a few.