Screenwriter-In-Residence at Maynooth University and Kildare County Council Library & Arts 2016-7.
In addition to writing: Jury member for IFTA, script and creative consultant, tutor and guest lecturer, panelist and script reader.
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1. Current Projects for TV and Screen
2. Radio Credits
3. Games/ apps
4. Theatre Credits
Some work to view: BARZAKH, BY MR FARQUHAR, trailer, PUNKY
1. CURRENT PROJECTS for TV and SCREEN
SCENES FROM A MEMORY.
Feature film set in Dublin, Galway and Donegal. Black Ostrich Films. Dir: Nicolas Courdouan.
THE (IM) PERFECT MAN, high concept contemporary romantic comedy drama; female lead: Why have one man when you can have seven?
PIA. Animation feature. Shortlisted for Page Screenplay Awards, 2011. A little girl whose drawings come to life sets out to find her real mother.
"What a charming story full of great visuals and opportunities for entertainment!" - Irish animation producer.
"I loved Pia and Graham. They are brilliant characters. Your descriptions are vivid. This script is an enjoyable read, and it is easy to visualize each scene. The dramatic stakes are all there. You had me on the edge of my seat." - Bluecat Screenplay Competition.
"I enjoyed reading the script of Pia. it's an enchanting story. It brought back memories of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her three companions and their adventures. Pia is a modern adventure with mystery and excitement. It will make a great film and would project the positive aspects of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder." - Dr Pat Matthews, Executive Director, Irish Society for Autism.
PUNKY, animation series (40 x 7 mins) featuring Punky, a feisty little girl who happens to have Down Syndrome. Directed by Simon Crane and starring Aimee Richardson. Second series on RTE 2, due to be officially launched RTE Junior in February 2014. (Punky blog)
Winner of Best Film for Children in Moscow at The International Disability Film Festival 'Breaking Down The International Disability Film Festival: 'Breaking Down Barriers' 2014. Nominated for three Irish Film and Television Awards ( 012 and 2014) and for one Celtic media Festival Award (2012). Winner of European Producer of the Year award for Geronimo's Gerard O'Rourke (formerly Monster Animation) at Annecy 2011.
Currently showing on RTEjr and in eight international territories; supported by Irish Film Board and Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
WULFIE, animation series for 6-9-year olds centred on a child and her new best friend, a mischievous and curious purple wolf who can grow to the size of a house, shrink till nearly invisible and can talk. In development with Monster Animation, development funded by Media (2013) and registered for Cartoon Forum 2014 as a co-production between Wulfie Animation Ltd (my own company) and Monster Entertainment.
ROXY & ROWENA, pre-school animation series about a little girl and the dog that helps her understand the world around her. Developed with Natascha Crandall, an educational consultant who has worked on Nickelodeon’s Peter Rabbit, Zack and Quack, Bubble Guppies, The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets, CBeebies’ Bing Bunny, The Octonauts, Sesame Tree, Sprout’s Driftwood Bay, and many Sesame Workshops.
WILDERNUTS, Kavaleer Animation.
Officially launched RTE Junior in February 2014. Two scripts.
BARZAKH 12 mins.
Produced by Odette Norman of Stormlight Productions, shot by Justin MacCarthy and directed by Donogh MacCarthy-Morrogh; it was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan in Killarney in March 2013. nominated for two awards at the Fastnet Film Festival and awarded joint first award at the Underground Film Festival in 2013. Appeared at Cork International Film Festival 2013 and London Short Film Festival 2014. (REVIEW)
Selected by the Irish Film and Television Academy for a personal script consultation with the Galway Film Fleadh 2011 Screenwriter-in-Residence, Gill Dennis (Walk the Line).
Quarter-finalist, Screenwriting Goldmine Awards 2013.
Shortlisted, Page Screenplay Awards, LA 2011
MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, coming of age feature.
A 16 year old tries to find her voice in a family which has revolved around the needs of her beloved and very special sister, Leonie.
Semi-finalist BlueCat Screenplay Competition, LA, 2012; Finalist Cordelia Award 2012.
HUNTER, fast-moving, female-driven detective series. Pilot script and full treatment available.
ANGELICA, romantic comedy of errors; currently available.
A teenager decides to fix her mother’s love life by creating a dating website.
FANCY THAT, quirky family feature about a daughter who wants to be normal and her transsexual Dad.
ARCHANGEL, detective series, ("A female Cracker"); short-listed in Tony Doyle Writer’s Award, BBC NI. Rehearsed readings in New York's Irish Rep Theatre 2011 and The Lab, Dublin 2012.
KRISTINA. Feature film; love story. Winner Best Film Award at Swansea-on-Sea International Film Festival, 2008. Producer CJ Cookson.
Script Reader BBC Belfast (1999-04). Also Irish Film Board and independent producers and writers.
Graduate, Writing Animation Course/ Screen Training Ireland, 2003
Founder Creatives in Animation Network January 2012. (see dedicated blog page). Advisor to Women in Animation International (UK branch) from Sept 2013
Moonstone Screenwriters Labs, Wales, November 2002: JESSIE JONES IS NEARLY 10.
Script Consultant, various independent producers including Causeway Films (numerous) and Praxis Pictures (‘Chasing Dragons’).
Storyline writer, Foreign Exchange and Lilly the Witch. (Magma, Galway)
Award winner, Kodak Commercial Film Competition, London, 1998: Persil CASANOVA.
TOUCHED .Short film. Premiered Leeds International Film Festival, October 1998.
Internship as Assistant Script Editor, Granada Television, Children’s Drama Department (Oct/ Nov 1998).
PA/ Runner: various short films, Yorkshire. 1997/9.
CROSS YOUR HEART.... Hammer Horror feature, Midnight Movies/ Chris Wicking.
Screenwriter: Scratch Saturday: TALL TALES (RTE) 1991/2.
Screenwriter, storyline researcher and Bible-writer, FAIR CITY, RTE 1991-3
2. RADIO CREDITS
TASTY MORSELS. A romantic comedy 'road movie' about cakes. Afternoon Play, BBC Radio 4. Broadcast 2001.
3. GAMES/ APPS
NEWZMONKEYS, a game for 6-12 year-olds who want to be journalists...Role: Creative Consultant 2013 -. Due for launch later this year. Check this recent review to give you an idea of what to expect when it's launched later this yea
MAGIC FRIENDS: Story and character creation, script development. This app is from the imagination of Caramagic/ Giant Animation (http://giant.ie/site/)/ Marino Software (http://www.marinosoftware.com/). It's so new and such a clever idea and I can see it taking off as soon as the world gets hold of it! Creating fun characters from the animation concepts by Giant Animation / Dan Spenser is allowing me to use my imagination so freely! Launch is due late August 2014 with engineering and app design by Marino Software
GRIEF: Storylining, story development and creation (2014-). I'm working with Alan Boyce of Nevermind Games (http://www.nevermindgames.com/) on this one. It's a really exciting concept but I can't say more about it yet!
DARA, my own game, in development, for kids with autism and their peers.
4. THEATRE CREDITS
In total 13 stage productions to date in Dublin, Cork and Derry, with two more lined up for this half of the year the year. I need to update this section but for now, some of the more recent productions include:
To be staged in the International Bar Theatre, 29 February - 11 March 2016. Starring Julie Lockey. Produced by Moonstone Productions.
Theatre Upstairs, August 11-22, 2015. Directed by LJ Sedgwick, starring Karen Connell and produced by Moonstone Productions.
SALT ON OUR SKIN
Smock Alley Theatre, Feb/ March 2013. Directed by Antoinette Duffy, starring Aoife Moore.
BY MR FARQUHAR (formerly A Fresh Gale & Cold Chicken...)
Foyle Theatre, September 26th - October 1st 2013 as part of Derry's European Year of Culture. Produced by Blueeagle Productions and directed by Caroline Byrne, it stars Stephen Bradley and Kate O'Rourke.
To view trailer: BY MR FARQUHAR
Readings in Dublin, Derry 2010 AND 2011.
Scheduled to open Farquhar Festival Sept 2012
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (working title)
Wexford Opera House, Spring 2014. Commissioned by the Co Wexford Youth Theatre, directed by Tony McCleane Fay and supported by the Arts Coulcil's Young Ensembles bursary.
TRADE ME A DREAM
Focus Theatre, Dublin (1997), Cork Art's Theatre, Cork. (1996)
Winner of Best Writer and Best Production awards, Cork Art’s Theatre’s national competition. First time in 10 years that one play won both top awards.
“A terrifying piece of theatre which deserves to be done again and again.” (Competition Judge Don McMullin)
“Gripping psychological drama… a startlingly good piece of writing.” (Sun. Independent)
Honourable Mention, Society of Irish Playwrights/ PEN Play Competition
FUR DOESN'T HURT.
Winner of Best Writer and Best Production awards, Cork Arts Theatre National One-act Competition, 1997
“Brilliantly written play...Fascinating… language which is rich and full of powerful imagery.” (The Examiner, 2.10.97)
“Magnetic...a masterpiece of unusual, highly dramatic yet entertaining theatre that will live long in our memories.” (East Cork newspaper, 27.11.97)
Rehearsed Reading with Andrew Bennett, Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
“While I found the material extremely uncomfortable, to the point where the audience may be cast as voyeur, I also found a serious, committed and original style and voice at work.” - Judy Friel, Literary Manager, Abbey Theatre.