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.

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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. 220px-The_Revolution_will_not_be_TelevisedThe 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

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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.IMG_5558 (1)