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Lenny Abrahamson

Film + TV Director
Lenny Abrahamson

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Filmography
  • Conversations with Friends (in post-production)
    2022 — TV Series
  • Normal People
    2020 — TV Series 6 × — 24 mins
  • Normal People Confessions
    2020 — Short Film — 3 mins
  • The Little Stranger
    2018 — Feature Film — 111 mins
  • Chance
    2016 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • Room
    2015 — Feature Film — 118 mins
  • Frank
    2014 — Feature Film — 95 mins
  • What Richard Did
    2012 — Feature Film — 88 mins
  • Dublin 26.06.08: A Movie in 4 Days (segment director)
    2008 — Feature Film — 48 mins
  • Garage
    2007 — Feature Film — 85 mins
  • Prosperity
    2007 — TV Series 4 × — 60 mins
  • Adam And Paul
    2004 — Feature Film — 83 mins
  • 3 Joes
    1991 — Short Film — 27 mins
Awards
  • 2021 — Nominee
    BAFTA Awards — BAFTA TV Award. Normal People
  • 2021 — Nominee
    Bafta TV Craft — Director: Fiction. Normal People
  • 2021 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Drama, Best Drama. Normal People
  • 2020 — Nominee
    Primetime Emmy Awards — Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special. Normal People
  • 2020 — Winner
    Royal Television Society, UK — Director- Drama. Normal People
  • 2017 — Nominee
    ASECAN — Best Foreign Film. Room
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Kinema Junpo Awards — Best Foreign Language Film. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Academy Awards — Best Achievement in Directing. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Alliance of Women Film Journalists — Best Director. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Amanda Awards, Norway — Best Foreign Feature Film. Room
  • 2016 — Winner
    Canadian Screen Awards, CA — Achievement in Direction. Room
  • 2016 — Winner
    Christopher Awards — Feature Films. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competition — Narrative Content: Feature - Live Action. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Denver Film Critics Society — Best Director. Room
  • 2016 — 4th Place
    Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards — Best Director. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    European Film Awards — European Film. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) — Best Director. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Houston Film Critics Society Awards — Best Director. Room
  • 2016 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    North Carolina Film Critics Association — Best Director. Room
  • 2016 — Winner
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Outstanding Director of the Year Award. Room
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Satellite Awards — Best Director. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Aspen Filmfest — Audience Award. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Hamptons International Film Festival — Best Narrative Feature. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Heartland Film — Truly Moving Picture Award. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Frank
  • 2015 — Winner
    Les Arcs European Film Festival — Audience Choice Prize. Room
  • 2015 — Nominee
    Les Arcs European Film Festival — Crystal Arrow. Room
  • 2015 — Nominee
    Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival — Best Film. Room
  • 2015 — Nominee
    London Film Festival — Best Film. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Mill Valley Film Festival — Audience Award. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    New Orleans Film Festival — Audience Award. Room
  • 2015 — Nominee
    San Diego Film Critics Society Awards — Best Director. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Toronto International Film Festival — People's Choice Award. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Twin Cities Film Fest, US — Festival Award. Room
  • 2015 — Nominee
    Vancouver Film Critics Circle — Best Director of a Canadian Film. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Vancouver International Film Festival — Most Popular Canadian Film. Room
  • 2015 — Winner
    Warsaw International Film Festival — Audience Award. Room
  • 2014 — Winner
    Biografilm Festival — Biografilm Europa Audience Award . Frank
  • 2014 — Nominee
    British Independent Film Awards — Best Director. Frank
  • 2014 — Nominee
    Les Arcs European Film Festival — Crystal Arrow. Frank
  • 2014 — Nominee
    SXSW Film Festival — Audience Award. Frank
  • 2013 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. What Richard Did
  • 2012 — Nominee
    Les Arcs European Film Festival — Crystal Arrow. What Richard Did
  • 2009 — Nominee
    Evening Standard British Film Awards — Best Director. Garage
  • 2008 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Garage
  • 2008 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director for Television. Prosperity
  • 2007 — Nominee
    Bratislava International Film Festival — Grand Prix. Garage
  • 2007 — Winner
    Cannes Film Festival — C.I.C.A.E. Award. Garage
  • 2007 — Winner
    Torino Film Festival — Best Feature Film. Garage
  • 2007 — Nominee
    Warsaw International Film Festival — Warsaw Award. Garage
  • 2005 — Nominee
    Brussels European Film Festival — Golden Iris. Adam & Paul
  • 2005 — Nominee
    Gijón International Film Festival — Best Film. Adam & Paul
  • 2005 — Winner
    Sofia International Film Festival — Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Prize. Adam & Paul
  • 2004 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Audience Award, Feature Film Award. Adam & Paul
  • 2004 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Film Director. Adam & Paul

Lenny Abrahamson has no formal training in film. He studied physics followed by philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin where he w on a foundation scholarship. Graduating in 1991 with first class honours (gold medal). While at college he began playing around with video through the Trinity Video Company – a video making student society he set up with Ed Guiney.

After graduating, he directed the 16mm Black & White short film ‘3 Joes’ (written by Michael West and produced by Ed Guiney) which won the Best European Short Film award at the Cork Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Organiser’s Award at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and which has been seen on television and at festivals all over the world. The money for ‘3 Joes’ came from a fund in TCD set up with earnings from ‘Educating Rita’ which was shot there. Without this fund ‘3 Joes’ would probably never have been made; in the early nineties it was very, very hard to get any film projects funded in Ireland. To give some idea of what it was like at that time, ‘3Joes’ was one of only two or three shorts made that year.

After a period of post-graduate study in philosophy at Stanford University, California Lenny returned home. Since then he has directed commercials for television in Ireland and worldwide through The Speers Film Production Company. Several of his commercials have won international awards. The best known are probably the Carlsberg ‘Nightclub’, ‘Flatmates’ and ‘Jason McAteer’ jobs.

His first feature film, ‘Adam & Paul’ (www.adamandpaul.com), written by Mark O’Halloran and produced by Speers Film with Element Films, was released in August 2004 and quickly became a critical and box office hit. In the same year it won the Galway film Fleadh as well as the being nominated for eight IFTAs, winning the award for best director. This year it played at the Berlin Film Festival as an official selection in the Panorama section and recently won both the Grand Prix and the FPRESCI (international critics) top prize at the Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

His second feature in 2007, Garage, also written by Mark O’ Halloran, was similarly critically acclaimed and won four IFTA Awards including Best Film, Script and Abrahamson’s second for Best Director. The filmmaker collaborated with O’ Halloran for the third time on the RTÉ four-part drama series Prosperity, cementing his reputation as a director highlighting people on the fringes of Irish society.

In 2012, Abrahamson released his third film What Richard Did, making a star from its young lead Jack Reynor and becoming the highest grossing Irish film of the year. The film received almost universal acclaim including a five-star review from The New York Times and picked up five IFTA Awards including Best Film, Script, Lead Actor and another for Abrahamson.

Abrahamson directed the film Frank, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. He next directed the film adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel, Room (2015), for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. The film was successful, both critically and commercially.

(IFTN)