Mister Zoo

This is a teaser for a proposed film on Leo Oosterweghel, the now retired director of Dublin Zoo. As a young man he traveled extensively throughout the world to see animals in the wild, and these experiences inspired his vision for habitat design in a zoo setting and how to implement best practice in animal care. Along the way he witnessed the assassination of a president, the aftermath of the toppling of a dictator, and got caught up in a gun battle. The old adage that life is stranger than fiction certainly applies.

Where Shadows Drifted By

‘Where Shadows Drifted By’ is a short film on the painter Mairead O’Byrne that I filmed and edited to coincide with her recent exhibition at the Pearse Museum, Dublin. Mairead had a catastrophic accident to her right hand a few years back that could have ended her career. Determined to overcome the limitations her injury imposed on her she relearned how to paint and altered her style to accomodate her new reality. It is an inspiring story.

John Hemingway – Battle of Britain pilot celebrates his 100th birthday.

Wonderful to see RTE mark the recent 100th birthday of John Hemingway DFC. I had the great pleasure of interviewing him, the footage of which features in our series on the Irish who fought in WWII. The coloured photographs featured in the news report were a gift from me to John. A small gesture on my part to mark his very special birthday. A true gentleman!

Thank you John.

New York Festivals awards The Great Guide to the Future

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Dave with Pepper. I think it was love at first sight.

Delighted to receive the news that The Great Guide to the Future, a series I wrote and directed, has been honoured at the New York Festivals Awards.

The series was awarded a Bronze World Medal for the episode on ‘Relationships’ and a Finalist Certificate for the episode on ‘Housing’. Congratulations to Tile Films and all the team involved in making the series such a wonderful success.

Links to the two episodes.

http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/2018/pieces.php?iid=524735&pid=1

http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/2018/pieces.php?iid=524651&pid=1