I am an Irish documentary maker and storyteller.
I like to make intimate, enlightening and thought provoking documentaries that shine a little light on issues that matter to me.
Without the people I film with there would be no documentaries for me to make, which is why above and beyond all else my focus is on developing open and trusting relationships with those I film and finding ways to translate their emotions and their stories into compelling creative films with heart.
I’ve spent a large chunk of my working life on the road. Getting my first break as a researcher with RTE, the Irish state broadcaster, I got to shoot my first report in 1998 while on assignment in Albania during the conflict in Kosovo. Following this I began working as a photographer & videographer with Irish NGO Concern’s emergency response team- documenting their field work in humanitarian crises across the globe before returning to broadcasting as a freelance producer and director.
In 2001 I spent a year in Venezuela with co-director Donnacha O’Brien, where we filmed “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (aka “Chavez- Inside the Coup” for broadcast tv) about the failed coup against President Chavez. The documentary won international acclaim and continues to be used in media courses across the world.
I now live in Ireland but grew up in Paris and speak fluent French and Spanish.
You can view some of my documentaries & clips on Vimeo
I AM is a little short myself and editor Paul Mullen put together in a day, we never managed to find the time or money to turn it into a longer doc but it didn’t disappear! It was shown at the Fastnet Film Fest in 2017 and though unpolished I think it captures Yonela in all her positivity & creativity!
Yonela Tyatyeka – aka Myzolator– is a young lesbian hip hop artist in Cape Town, South Africa. When her sister was murdered for also being lesbian Myzolator use her powerful music and words to fight back
I am currently in pre production with my conpany Frontline Films on a number of TV documentaries including a year long BAI funded observational documentary series with the amazing Cork Life Centre school and we’ve recently begun filming a documentary with Dublin footballing star Philly McMahon based on his experience of growing up in a marginalised neighbourhood and losing a sibling to addiction.
We are also working on the following two feature docs in association with Underground Films:
Defenders (working title) on the extraordinary experiences of people who grew up as the children of a human rights activists.
Pure Grit (working title) An observational doc and love story set on the Wind River rez in Wyoming.