Martin Dwan

Documentary Director


  • The Great Guide to the Future
    2017 — Documentary 6 × — 23 mins
  • Seven Women
    2016 — Documentary — 60 mins
  • Revolution in Colour
    2015 — TV Documentary Series 2 ×
  • Brother
    2014 — Short Film
  • In the Name of the Republic
    2013 — TV Documentary Series 2 × — 45 mins
  • A Place in my Memory
    2013 — Short Film — 8 mins
  • TK Whitaker—Seirbhíseach an Stáit
    2010 — Documentary — 52 mins
  • Shay Elliott—Cycle of Betrayal
    2009 — Documentary — 63 mins
  • Himself —The Life & Times of Christy O’Connor Senior
    2007 — Documentary — 52 mins
  • John McCormack: The People's Tenor
    2006 — Documentary — 56 mins

Martin is a graduate of University College Dublin with a BA in Economics and Politics and an MA in Film Studies. He has worked in the Irish television industry for two decades; producing, directing, scripting and editing a number of critically acclaimed documentaries. His latest production is ‘The Great Guide to the Future’, a six-part science/travel hybrid that toured the world in search of answers to some of the planet’s most pressing problems. He wrote and directed this series for Tile Films.

The Easter 2016 commemorations saw the broadcast of ‘Revolution in Colour’, a two-part landmark Series that explored the story of Ireland’s struggle for independence exclusively through the use of archive newsreel and photographs, which were painstakingly colourised and restored by the BAFTA nominated team behind WWII in HD Colour.

The Sunday Times wrote—“the punched up visuals brought fresh perspective, imbuing protagonists with a vibrant humanity they are rarely afforded by conventional documentaries. Rendered in living colour the terrors and triumphs of the era seem like something that happened only yesterday.”

An international distribution deal for the series was secured by British Pathé, which has led to a feature length version being screened in Warsaw, Poland and at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin. Martin also wrote and directed ‘Seven Women’ for Tile Films. This docu-drama explored the role of women during Easter Week.

The Irish Independent described it as a “handsomely presented, detailed, eye-opening tribute to distaff fighters and supporters of 1916.” It was presented by Fiona Shaw, the acclaimed Irish stage and screen actress. The film was screened at the Lighthouse Cinema as part of RTE’s ‘Explore 1916’.

Martin’s other work includes profiles of two legendary Irishmen, Shay Elliott—‘Cycle of Betrayal’ and the public servant TK Whitaker—‘Seirbhíseach an Stáit’. Both were nominated for an Irish Film & Television Academy Award.

He has also made the definitive documentary on the life of the great Irish tenor, John McCormack, which was released as part of a box set collection that was universally acclaimed. The Irish Times gave it “an unmissable” five stars.

He also staged a tribute concert to the singer at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and was responsible for the commissioning and putting up of a statue of John McCormack in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin.