Nell Hensey

Film + TV Director


  • Falling For The Life of Alex Whelan
    2023 — TV Special — 30 mins
  • Good Chips
    2023 — Short Film
  • Baths
    2022 — Short Film
  • Try And Touch
    2022 — Short Film
  • 2024 — Nomination
    Royal Television Society Awards Ireland — Best Scripted Programme. Falling For The Life of Alex Whelan
  • 2023 — Winner
    Viet Film Festival — Best Short Film. Good Chips
  • 2023 — Winner
    Catalyst International Film Festival — Breakthrough Talent Award. Try And Touch
  • 2023 — Nomination
    Dublin International Film Festival — Discovery Award. Baths

Nell Hensey is an Irish-Filipino director and screenwriter from County Clare. She is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Pure Divilment Pictures. Her work has been supported by Screen Ireland, The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, RTÉ, Virgin Media Television and more. Nell is passionate about stories that explores unique cultural identities, coming-of-age themes and female driven narratives. In 2023, Nell was selected as one of ten international directors to participate in the Toronto International Film Festival’s prestigious Filmmaker Lab, learning under the likes of Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Craig Gillespie and Barry Jenkins.

Her award-winning short film GOOD CHIPS was the first in Irish cinema to depict the Irish Vietnamese community. For this project she was also mentored by Lenny Abrahamson. GOOD CHIPS premiered in 2023 at the Dublin International Film Festival and won Best Short Film at the Viet Film Festival, the largest film festival in the world that showcases work representing the Vietnamese diaspora.

Nell made her television directorial debut with FALLING FOR THE LIFE OF ALEX WHELAN, based on the short story by Yan Ge. The programme aired on RTÉ in November 2023 and was nominated for Best Scripted Programme at the Royal Television Society Republic of Ireland Awards.