Finola Geraghty / Writer, Director, Producer
Finola is a graduate of English Literature from Cambridge University and studied film at Bournemouth Film School. She was a writer, actor, and producer with Trouble and Strife Theatre Company, touring America, Britain and Ireland with plays, winning a Time Out Best Play Award and appearing on the Late Late Show as part of the Civil Rights 25th Anniversary Show.
During her time in Bournemouth Finola Directed Week In Week Out with Keith Allen which was Runner up in the Fuji Scholarship Award and Ladies and Gentlemen with Nicola Stapleton. In 1999 she wrote, directed and co produced Big Daddy a twenty minute film shot on 35mm for Meridian TV that featured a cast of convicts and prison officers. This was the Winner of an RTS Award in 2000 for Most Innovative TV. In 2000 Finola was runner up in the BBC Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award. Also that year she directed Poshboy which launched Channel 4′ s Dogma TV strand showcasing new independent film making . Poshboy was “Pick of the Day” in the Independent and the Guardian wrote that ” Director Finola Geraghty is one to watch out for”. Finola has also worked extensively with vastly different groups of young people taking them through the creative process and winning Best Under 10′s Film at the Film Council’s First Light Awards in 2003.
In 2007 she was chosen as one of ten female directors to develop a horror film with Warp Films. In 2008 Finola started Come On Eileen starring actors such as Noel Fielding and Julia Davis. Come on Eileen is a co-production between Foal Film Productions and Blinder Films which received completion funding from the Irish Film Board. Its world Premier will take place at the 2010 Galway Film Fleadh in July.
She also co produced the Mavericks Film and Writers Festival in Camden.
She has two feature films in development, Her Stained Face with Savage Productions and Brian Rua with Parallel Films.
Frank Murray / Executive Producer
Frank has more than 40 yrs experience in Music Film and Theatre. He has managed the careers of Kirsty MacColl, The Pogues, Glen Hansard and The Mighty Stef amongst others. Acts he has worked with include Thin Lizzy, Elton John, The Specials and Joe Strummer.
In the early 70 s Frank worked as a producer with Noel Pearson Productions and later went on to produce plays for the feminist theatre group Trouble and Strife where he first met Finola Geraghty. He also produced work with the late Aine O’Connor and Gabriel Byrne.
In 1998 he co founded The Mavericks Writers and Film Festival in London. In this same year Frank was sent as a representative of The British Council to Sundance Film Festival. He successfully brought The Mavericks Film Festival to SXSW in Austin, Texas showcasing mainly British and Irish shorts.
Previously he has worked with Alex Cox, Jim Jarmusch, Matt Dillon, Fisher Stevens, John Carney, Se Merry Doyle, Ronald Maxwell and the late Dennis Hopper. At present he is researching two documentaries projects and will also be collaborating on a feature with John Carney.
Katie Holly / Producer
Katie began her career at Treasure Films, where she worked on productions such as Man About Dog and The Mighty Celt, eventually becoming the company’s Head of Development and Production Exec. She left to join Blinder Films in 2006 and since then has produced two IFB/RTE Short Cuts, two feature films, a historical documentary series for TG4 and The Savage Eye, a sketch-show for RTE which is currently in production for its second series. Katie’s production of ONE HUNDRED MORNINGS (dir:Conor Horgan), received the Special Jury Mention for Fictional Narrative at the Slamdance International Film Festival 2010 as well as winning the IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) for Best cinematography by Dop Suzie Lavelle.
Katie has recently finished in post production on two features, SENSATION, (dir: Tom Hall) starring Domhnall Gleeson which she produced alongside Kieron J. Walsh and COME ON EILEEN, co-produced with Foal Film Productions (dir: Finola Geraghty) starring Jackie Howe, Noel Fielding and Keith Allen.
Katie is a graduate of EAVE, STI’s Development Executive Traineeship and she is also Chairwoman of Filmbase.
Kieron J Walsh / Producer
Kieron J. Walsh received a British Council scholarship to study film direction at the Royal College of Art in London. Since then he has directed films for the BBC, Working Title, Channel 4, Granada and RTE including the hit series ‘The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rockstar’ which won the RTS award for Best Series. In 2001 he directed his first Feature ‘When Brendan Met Trudy’ written by Roddy Doyle which was released worldwide. He also directed a film for the acclaimed ‘Beckett on Film’ series. In 2003 he directed ‘Watermelon’ for Granada based on the novel by Marian Keyes. He has also directed Kitchen with Eddie Izzard and RAW, a six part series, both for Ecosse Films. In 2006 Bl!nder Films was established by Kieron, Richie Smyth and Katie Holly in early 2006 to develop and produce drama and documentary for a domestic and international audience. Kieron is currently developing a number of features via Blinder Films as producer and recently co-directed (with Damien O’Donnell) The Savage Eye, a comedy sketch show for RTE starring David McSavage and Pat McDonnell. The show was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Entertainment Series and is currently developing a second series, due to air on RTE Two in early 2011. Kieron was a producer with Katie Holly on Sensation and Come On Eileen which will both be premiering at the 2010 Galway Film Fleadh.
Frank Reid / Editor
Frank graduated from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2003 and has been working ever since as a freelance director, writer, producer and editor on a variety of projects, ranging from documentaries, music videos, corporates, internet virals and short films – his Short Short ʻPump Actionʼ (funded by the Irish Film Board) has already played at over twenty festivals around the world ranging from Festroia Portugal to Emden, Germany (where it was the only Irish short playing in competition).