Maurice O’Brien

Documentary + Film + TV Director


  • Tommy Tiernan's Epic West
    2022 — TV Series 2 ×
  • The Artist & the Wall of Death
    2022 — Documentary
  • Leaving Limbo
    2020 — Documentary
  • The Abbey - A Riot of Their Own
    2018 — Documentary
  • Hey Ronnie Reagan
    2018 — Short Film
  • Pitching Up
    2017 — Documentary
  • Trust Me, I'm A Doctor
    2016-2017 — TV Series 4 ×
  • Botticelli's Venus: The Making of an Icon
    2016 — TV Movie
  • The Secret Life of Books
    2015 — TV Series 1 ×
  • The Story of Scottish Art
    2015 — TV Series 1 ×
  • Artsnight
    2015 — TV Series 1 ×
  • Phil Cunningham's Pipe Dream
    2015 — TV Series 2 ×
  • William McIlvanney: Living with Words
    2015 — Short Film
  • The Culture Show
    2013 — TV Series 1 ×
  • Buffalo Dreams
    2013 — Short Film
  • 2018 — Nomination
    Tribeca Film Festival — Best Documentary Short. Hey Ronnie Reagan

Maurice established Lifeblood Films in 2017 after 15 years of producing and directing critically acclaimed, award winning films for the BBC, RTE, Irish Film Board, Guardian Documentaries, Channel 4/Discovery, and Creative Scotland. Lifeblood is currently in production with a slate of TV and feature documentary projects.

Maurice is also currently series directing ‘Epic West’ – a two part series for RTE about the culture of the West of Ireland, presented by Tommy Tiernan and produced by Crossing the Line films.

Maurice recently finished the feature documentary ‘The Artist and the Wall of Death’ about an artist whose obsession with the motorcycle Wall of Death poses the question ‘would you die for your art’. The film was produced by John Kelleher Media/ Faction North and funded by Screen Ireland and Screen Scotland, as well as RTE and BBC Scotland.

His work has screened at numerous international film festivals, including Tribeca, NY Op Docs, Full Frame, Sydney, Edinburgh, Hot Springs, Dallas, Dublin, Cork, Fastnet Film Festivals.

Maurice films much of his work and is a former Sheffield Documentary Festival ‘Future Producer’ and holds an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University.