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Neasa Hardiman

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Filmography
  • The Power (in post-production)
    TBD — TV Series 2 ×
  • Hit & Run
    2021 — TV Series 3 × — 45 mins
  • Sea Fever
    2019 — Feature Film — 95 mins
  • Jessica Jones
    2018-2019 — TV Series 2 × — 55 mins
  • Marvel's Inhumans
    2017 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • Z: The Beginning of Everything
    2017 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • Happy Valley
    2016 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • Scott & Bailey
    2014 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • In The Club
    2014 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • Casualty: Between The Cracks
    2013 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • Holby City
    2012–2013 — TV Series 4 × — 60 mins
  • Tracy Beaker Returns
    2009—2012 — TV Series 4 × — 28 mins
  • This is Going to Take More Than One Night
    2010 — Short Film — 18 mins
  • School Run
    2008 — TV Film — 90 mins
  • Beyond Redemption: A Profile of Peter McVerry
    2007 — Documentary — 75 mins
  • Home
    2007 — TV Documentary Series 6 × — 30 mins
  • The Naked Extremist / An Gaeilgeoir Nocht
    2006 — Feature Film — 79 mins
  • Totally Frank
    2005 — TV Series 7 × — 30 mins
  • Away Home
    2005 — Short Film — 20 mins
  • Olive
    2004 — Short Film — 10 mins
  • Imagining Ulysses
    2004 — Documentary — 90 mins
  • Ireland’s Teenage Criminals
    2003 — TV Documentary Film — 58 mins
  • Treasure
    2002 — Short Film — 10 mins
  • Pluck
    2002 — Short Film — 10 mins
  • Fair City
    1998–2001 — TV Series
  • TX
    1996–1998 — TV Series 26 × — 120 mins
  • The Eurovision Song Contest
    1997 — TV Special (segment) — 25 mins
  • Prime Time
    1996 — Documentary Series 6 × — 40 mins
  • Black Box
    1995 — Documentary Series 13 × — 40 mins
Awards
  • 2020 — Winner
    DaVinci Film Festival — Vitruvian Award. Sea Fever
  • 2020 — Nominee
    Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards — Best Independent Film. Sea Fever
  • 2020 — Nominee
    Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival — Best Motion Picture. Sea Fever
  • 2017 — Winner
    BAFTA — Best Drama Series. Happy Valley
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Banff Television Festival — Best Mini-Series. Happy Valley
  • 2017 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Director. Z: The Beginning of Everything
  • 2016 — Winner
    IFTA — Best Director. Happy Valley
  • 2012 — Nominee
    BAFTA — Best Children’s Drama. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2012 — Certificate of Merit
    Chicago International Film Festival — Best Direction, Dramatic Series. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2012 — RTS Television Award
    Royal Television Society, UK — Best Children's Drama, Best Drama: North East. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2011 — Nominee
    BAFTA — BAFTA Children's Award. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2011 — Nominee
    Banff Television Festival — Best Children's Program. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2011 — Certificate of Merit
    Chicago International Film Festival — Best Direction, Dramatic Series. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2011 — Nominee
    Royal Television Society, UK — Best Children's Drama. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2011 — Platinum Award
    WorldFest Houston — Best Direction (Short Film). This Is Going To Take More Than One Night
  • 2010 — Winner
    BAFTA — Best Children’s Drama. Tracy Beaker Returns
  • 2009 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Drama. School Run
  • 2009 — Nominee
    Irish TV Now Awards — Best Drama.
  • 2008 — Winner
    Arts Council of Ireland — Projects Award.
  • 2007 — Nominee
    IFTA — Special Irish Language Award. An Gaeilgeoir Nocht
  • 2005 — Winner
    Newport Beach Film Festival — Best Short Film. Olive
  • 2005 — Bronze Torc Award
    Celtic Film and Television Festival — Best Arts Documentary. Imagining Ulysses
  • 2004 — Gold Hugo Winner
    Chicago International Film Festival — Best Documentary. Imagining Ulysses
  • 2004 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Current Affairs/News Programme. Prime Time
  • 2004 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Documentary. Imagining Ulysses
  • 2003 — Winner
    Arts Council of Ireland — Projects Award.
  • 2003 — Honourable Mention
    Sweden Fantastic Film Festival — . Treasure
  • 2002 — Michael Radford Director’s Masterclass
    European Film Academy — .
  • 2001 — Slawomir Idziak Director’s Masterclass
    European Film Academy — .
  • 2002 — Winner
    IDI Award — Award for Stage, Film and Television.
  • 2001 — Winner
    Arts Council of Ireland — Projects Award.

Neasa is a BAFTA-winning Director and Writer for film and television drama. Born in Dublin, she began her creative career with a First Class Honours degree from the National College of Art and Design Ireland, winning a scholarship to the Universität der Künste Berlin. Her unique engagement with art and politics led to a Master’s degree in Politics and Aesthetics at NCAD, and a PhD in Film Theory at Trinity College Dublin.

Neasa deployed her potent storytelling in theatre and in award-winning documentaries, she was the youngest ever director of RTÉ’s serial drama. The creative invention of her work quickly led to award-winning dramas for the BBC, Channel Four, Amazon and Netflix.

Neasa’s currently directing Amazon and Sister Pictures ambitious political sci-fi The Power. Her most recent work, international thriller Hit & Run, reached Number One on Netflix USAHer feature début Sea Fever screened to critical acclaim on the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. A sci-fi thriller grounded in the realities of trawler life, the film’s theatrical opening was hindered by Covid. It was released digitally across the US on April 10th 2020, becoming one of America’s top five digital downloads, then across Europe April 24th 2020, before its release in Russia, China and Australia. Neasa was recently commissioned by Dreamworks to adapt a noir thriller for the big screen. In 2017, Neasa was awarded a BAFTA for the gritty murder drama Happy Valley (BBC / Netflix), before directing the finale of noir superhero drama Jessica Jones (Marvel / Netflix). Neasa teamed with Killer Films and Amazon to direct the 1920s story of Zelda Sayre and her troubling life with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci. Her earlier works include the two-hour story finale for BAFTA-nominated homicide thriller Scott & Bailey and acclaimed BBC six-part drama In The Club.

While she was still at college, Neasa founded creative design consultancy Language Communications with Adam May. In 2015, she determined to create a pathway to the global industry for young writers and directors in her home country of Ireland, founding major new national initiative Big Stories on the Small Screen. Neasa is bilingual in German, she speaks French and Irish as well as her native English.