Hugh O’Conor

Animation + Film + TV Director
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  • Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
    2021 — Opera
  • X Marks the Spot
    2021 — Short Film
  • 20 Shots of Opera
    2020 — Opera
  • Headcases
    2019 — TV Series 1 × — 25 mins
  • The Overcoat
    2018 — Animated Special
  • Metal Heart
    2018 — Feature Film — 90 mins
  • Children & Animals
    2015 — Documentary Short — 15 mins
  • Sinead O'Connor: 8 Good Reasons (uncredited)
    2014 — Music Video — 4 mins
  • The Coronas: All the Others
    2014 — Music Video — 3 mins
  • Your Bad Self
    2010 — TV
  • Corduroy
    2010 — Short Film — 10 mins
  • Spacemen Three
    2007 — Short Film — 13 mins
  • Guilty of Love
    1997 — Short Film — 6 mins
  • 2019 — Nominee
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema . Metal Heart
  • 2019 — Nominee
    Valladolid International Film Festival — Best Feature Film. Metal Heart
  • 2019 — Winner
    Dublin Film Critics’ Circle — Maverick Award.
  • 2019 — Special Mention
    Dublin Film Festival — Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury Award for Short Film. The Overcoat
  • 2018 — Winner
    Irish Screen America — Jim Sheridan Award for Achievement in Irish Film (Hugh O’Conor).
  • 2018 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Bingham Ray Award for New Talent. Metal Heart
  • 2018 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best Animated Sequence. The Overcoat
  • 2011 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Entertainment. Your Bad Self

A prolific, award-winning actor since childhood, Hugh has gone on to write and direct a striking Series of projects in a variety of mediums—live action, animation, opera—as well as experiencing great success as a still photographer.

Hugh appeared in his first feature opposite Liam Neeson in ‘Lamb’ in 1985. He went on to play the young Christy Brown in the Oscar-winning ‘My Left Foot’, King Louis XIV in Disney’s ‘The Three Musketeers’, and films such as the Sundance-winning ‘The Young Poisoner’s Handbook’, the Oscar-nominated ‘Chocolat’, and Irish comedy hit ‘The Stag’.

He studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College, and received a Fulbright scholarship to study film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has written and directed a number of shorts for Screen Ireland, including ‘Spacemen Three’ (co-written with John Butler), ’Corduroy’ (selected for Generation 14 Plus at the 60th Berlinale), and ‘Children & Animals’ (with Young Irish Film Makers). He has directed music videos for artists including Sinéad O’Connor, Little Green Cars and I Draw Slow.

He was a writer and performer on the IFTA-winning ‘Your Bad Self’. He was an executive producer on his IFTA-nominated animated adaptation of Gogol’s ‘The Overcoat’, and made his feature directorial debut with ‘Metal Heart’ from a script by Paul Murray. Both films premiered at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh. Jordanne Jones won the Bingham Ray award for ‘Metal Heart’, and ‘The Overcoat’ won Best Animated Sequence. ‘Metal Heart’ had its international premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2019 where the Hollywood Reporter called it “an indie standout”. It screened at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival, the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival, the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival, and more.

He was recently Series director on the award-winning ‘2O Shots of Opera’ for Irish National Opera, and director for film on their upcoming ‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’. He directed ‘X Marks the Spot’ for RTÉ, starring Clare Dunne, from a script by Carol Walsh. His photography has been exhibited in the RHA Dublin, the RUA in Belfast, and the National Gallery of Ireland, as well as in publications like ‘Winter Papers’.