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AUDREY O REILLY

WRITER / DIRECTOR PROFILE

A graduate of the National Film School of Ireland, Audrey O’Reilly’s short films have screened in festivals from Aspen, to Edinburgh to Cannes with ‘In Loving Memory’ winning the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. Her short ‘Clare sa Speir’ has been included on the Irish Leaving Certificate syllabus for the last ten years  while ‘Teenage Cics’, a six part tv drama series she co-wrote and directed, for TG4 was voted one of its top three dramas ever. She is presently developing a number of screenplays and tv series including ‘Lockerbie’ a feature film about the 1988 air disaster, slated to be directed by acclaimed director Jim Sheridan as well a script about composer Antonio Vivaldi, to be directed by Oscar winning director Bille August. She is also developing a feature ‘Miles to Go’ with Festival Films which she has written and will direct herself.
Credits
Film:

DRAMA

WAIT (2015)

Producer: Lydnzi Doyle/Audrey O’Reilly                                        Genre: Short drama/12mins

When an important pigeon race and a rare visit home by his son Martin coincide, Charlie waits anxiously  for a safe journey home.                                                                        Featuring: Owen Roe & Rory Keenan.

STICKS & STONES (Working Title)  (2006)

Producer: Calipo Theatre Co.                            Director: JJ Harrington

A short film devised with the ArdoyneYoung woman’s group Belfast as part of the ‘Sharp Focus’ ‘Peace and Reconciliation project’.

‘CHICKEN’ Recipient ‘Short Shorts’ award 2000

Producer: Hit & Run Productions.                                                    Director Barry Dignam

A three minute tale of two boys’ games taking a serious turn .

Official Selection for competition for Cannes

CLARE SA SPEIR (2001) Recipient ‘Oscailt’ award    2001

Producer: Donna Eperon, Zanzibar Films. Genre: Short Drama /20 mins/ 35mm

Chosen to be part of the new film syllabus for the Irish Leaving certificate till 2008

When Clare, a bored house wife, finds her self stuck in a rut she decides to take to the skies.  But where does that leave her family left below?                    Featuring Sean McGinly and  Brid Nachton.

IN LOVING MEMORY          (2000) Recipient ‘Short Cuts’ Award 1999

Producer: Barry Dignam, Hit and Run Films                    Genre: fiction/ 12mins./35mm

When her husband dies, Mrs. Duane finds a very particular way of dealing with his death. A love story set between this world and the next.                                                                Featuring  Britta Smith.

‘WARDZONE’       (1998)

Producer: Miriam Cahaill /DLIADT                                   Genre:Fiction/15 mins/ S16mm

On the children’s ward you have to be strong to survive, or learn how to use your weakness.

DOCUMENTARY

‘ROOTS & WINGS’ (1998) Genre: Documentary /23 mins./Beta

Producer: Audrey O’Reilly DLIADT

‘An outstanding documentary about pigeon racing and its place in the community (Cork Film Fest. Commendation 1998)
TV:

TEENAGE CICs (2006) Genre: 6 by 24 min television series

Producer: Abu Media                                                                         Exec Producer. NIFTC & TG4

in the 1980The three ‘O’Toole siblings are sent to Irish College while their parents try to sort out their marital difficulties. There they each have a summer of firsts where they end up learning a lot more then Irish.                                                                             Featuring Gerald McSorley, Britta Smith and Frank Lafferty.

Voted the third most popular tv drama on TG4 to date.

‘ON HOME GROUND (2002)

PRODUCER: Martha O Niell GENRE: Drama

I wrote episode 7 of series 2.

‘FAIR CITY’ (2001-2) Soap Opera  R.T.E.

Exec Producer: Niall Matthews                          Role: Story-line writer

I worked as part of a four person team to generate story lines for this popular Irish soap.
Theatre:

‘SKIN & BLISTERS’ Genre: Theatrical play

Producer: Team Education Theatre.

‘Your thoughts can kill you’. Aimed at 12-15 year old girls, Skin and & Blisters aims to prompt young girls to recognise the ways in which they perceive themselves.
In Development:

VIVALDI:                                                                                                               Genre: Feature Film

The Story of Antonio Vivaldi and the all female choir of foundling girls he inspired and which inspired him in return.

Producers: Pandora Films                                                                                  Director: Bille August

MILES TO GO:                                                                                                       Genre: Feature Film

When Richard’s father estranged father Joseph asks him to help him take his severely autistic brother Seamus from his residential house to their family home, they embark on a 15 mile road trip into the heart of their relationship.

Producers: Festival Films & TV                                                                          Director: Audrey O’Reilly

MEDRANO: A life in the Circus.                                                                        Genre: 8X 1hr TV series.

With the Bougliones circling the building readying to stage a coup, Jerome Medrano is forced to question a life devoted to the circus he is about to lose.

LOCKERBIE A Father’s Story.                                                                             Genre: Feature Film

A country doctor seeks justice for the man accused of murdering his daughter.

Producers: Forecast Productions.                                    Director: Jim Sheridan
Awards:

TEENAGE CICS‘Best Drama’ Nominee: TV NOW Smart Telecom television awards. Voted NO.3 in the BEST TG4 DRAMAS

IN LOVING MEMORY ‘Short Cuts’ award 1999/ Clermont Ferrand Prix du Public (audience award)

Film Makers Ireland UIP Award for ‘Best Short Cuts/Oscailt 2000/ ‘Best Foreign Film’. New York Independent Film Festival 2001/ Named ‘Best Irish Short’ of 2000 in the ‘Irish Times’ Newspaper

One of Ten short films selected for ‘Best of Fest. Edinburgh./ One of five short films to be showcased in the ‘Universal Studios Hitchcock Director’s series./ Commendation in Best National Shorts, Cork Film Fest. 2000 /Nomination for ‘Best Short’ Irish Film and Television Academy

CHICKEN Cannes Film Fest.Nominated for a Palm Dór / Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island, USA 2001Jury Award for Best Short Film / BFI International London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2002Commendation Film Four TX Short Film Prize ./ Dublin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Ireland 2001Best Short Film / Barcelona Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Spain 2001/ Special Jury commendation/ Cabbagetown Film Festival, Toronto, 2002 Best Short.

CLARE SA SPEIR‘Oscailt Award 2001’/ Special mention, Foyle Film Festival. /Bronze prize, Huston Film festival./ Commendations Kerry Film Festival 2002       

ROOTS & WINGS Special Mention Cork Film Festival 1998

HONOR BRIGHTMiramax Screen Writing Award 1998
Qualifications:

1995-1998            Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Diploma in Film/T.V. Design Communications.

This has given me experience in all aspects of the film making

process, especially directing and writing.                      

1996                       B.B.C. Hi-8/Avid Director Workshop.

I was awarded a place on this one week intensive workshop held

during the Celtic Film Festival  on the basis of a short script

entitled ‘Gentleman Caller.

1994-1995            Senior College Ballyfermot.

Certificate in Television and Audio Production.

1989-1993            University College Cork, University of Bologna.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Italian. Included one year on the Erasmus programme