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Paddy Breathnach

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Filmography
  • The Dry
    2022 — TV Series 2 ×
  • Vikings
    2020 — TV Series 2 × — 44 mins
  • Rosie
    2018 — Feature Film — 86 mins
  • Viva
    2015 — Feature Film — 100 mins
  • The Night My Father was Conceived
    2012 — Documentary — 51 mins
  • Freakdog / Red Mist
    2008 — Feature Film — 82 mins
  • Shrooms
    2007 — Feature Film — 84 mins
  • Man About Dog
    2004 — Feature Film — 85 mins
  • Blow Dry
    2001 — Feature Film — 94 mins
  • Home
    1999 — TV Series Documentary — 30 mins
  • I Went Down
    1997 — Feature Film — 107 mins
  • W.R.H.
    1996 — TV Series Documentary — 30 mins
  • The Long Way Home
    1995 — Feature Film — 45 mins
  • Ailsa
    1994 — Feature Film — 75 mins
Awards
  • 2020 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Rosie
  • 2018 — Winner
    Irish Film Festival London — Best Feature Film. Rosie
  • 2016 — Winner
    Dublin International Film Festival — Audience Award. Viva
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Guadalajara International Film Festival — Best Feature Film. Viva
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Viva
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Merlinka Festival — Best Feature Film. Viva
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Molodist International Film Festival — Best LGBTQ Film. Viva
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Palm Springs International Film Festival — Best Narrative Feature. Viva
  • 2016 — Winner
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival — ADL Stand Up Award. Viva
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Sydney Film Festival — Best Film. Viva
  • 2008 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Shrooms
  • 2008 — Winner
    Queens Film Festival — Best Horror Film. Freakdog / Red Mist
  • 2004 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Man About Dog
  • 1998 — Winner
    Bogota Film Festival — Silver Precolumbian Circle. I Went Down
  • 1998 — Nominee
    Bogota Film Festival — Golden Precolumbian Circle. I Went Down
  • 1998 — Winner
    San Antonio American Independent Film Festival — AIFF Special Award. I Went Down
  • 1997 — Winner
    San Sebastián International Film Festival — Prize of the Jury, Best New Director, FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention. I Went Down
  • 1997 — Nominee
    San Sebastián International Film Festival — Golden Seashell. I Went Down
  • 1997 — Winner
    Thessaloniki Film Festival — Best Director. I Went Down
  • 1997 — Nominee
    Thessaloniki Film Festival — Golden Alexander. I Went Down
  • 1997 — Nominee
    Torino International Festival of Young Cinema — Best Feature Film. I Went Down
  • 1994 — Winner
    San Sebastián International Film Festival — Best New Director. Ailsa
  • 1994 — Nominee
    Torino International Festival of Young Cinema — Best Feature Film. Ailsa

Paddy Breathnach co-founded Treasure Films with Robert Walpole in 1992. In the intervening time Breathnach (director) and Walpole (producer) have completed numerous projects including shorts, TV series, documentaries and award-winning features.

Breathnach progressed successfully from his first fiction short, ‘A Stone of the Heart’ which won the Special Jury Prize at the Cork Film Festival 1991, to feature length projects beginning with the documentaries ‘The Road to America’ and ‘The Charlton Years’. Both dealing with the Irish soccer team, they became the most successful Irish sell-through videos ever.

Breathnach and Walpole again worked together on ‘WRH’, a six-part documentary series for RTE set in the regional hospital in Waterford.

Breathnach’s first feature film, ‘Ailsa’, produced by Ed Guiney, won the Euskal Media Award for Best New Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Adapted by Joseph O’Connor from his own short story, ‘Ailsa’ is a tale of male obsession and violence set in south Dublin. On its release in 1994, ‘Ailsa’ was perceived as a ‘European’ film, both in theme and style and it coincided with a period of unprecedented growth in the Irish film industry.

Perhaps Breathnach is best known for ‘I Went Down’, a gangster road movie which employs Hollywood’s genre codes and places them in modern day Ireland among small time criminals. Released in 1997, ‘I Went Down’ won the Best New Director and the Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival and won Best Director at Thessalonica 1997 and Best Film at Bogota International Film Festival 1998. It was critically acclaimed worldwide and also won numerous awards for screenwriter Conor McPherson.

Breathnach and Walpole co-produced the feature documentary ‘Southpaw – The Francis Barrett Story’, directed by Liam McGrath and selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 1999.

Breathnach also directed ‘Blow Dry’ from a script by Simon Beaufoy, writer of ‘The Full Monty’; the film starred Josh Hartnett and Alan Rickman and was released by Miramax in 2001.

He directed ‘Man About Dog’ (2004), which was produced by Robert Walpole and Simon Channing Williams from a script by Pearse Elliott, taking over €2.1 million at the Irish Box Office, becoming one of the most successful independently produced Irish films ever at the Irish Box Office. It stars Allen Leech, Sean McGinley, Pat Shortt and Fionnula Flanagan.

In 2005, he produced ‘The Mighty Celt’ with Robert Walpole and Paddy McDonald, which shot in Belfast in May 2004, starring Robert Carlyle and Gillian Anderson. The film, which is being handled worldwide by The Works, was backed by BBC Films, the Irish Film Board, the NIFTC and TV3, and recently premiered in competition at the Berlinale. It will be released by Metrodome in Ireland and the UK on 26th August, 2005.

In 2007 he directed Shrooms, a comedy horror in which a group of friends is stalked and murdered while looking for psilocybin mushrooms in the Irish woods. Following on with the horror genre, he directed ‘Freakdog’ (AKA ‘Red Mist’) released in 2008. In this movie, a comotose patient exacts his revenge via out-of-body experiences

He directed ‘Viva’, a Spanish-language LGBT film set in Cuba, scripted by Mark O’Halloran and released in 2015. The film was shortlisted in the Foreign Language category at the 88th Academy Awards but did not receive a nomination. The film stars Héctor Medina as a young drag performer who, after reuniting with his estranged father, must come to terms with his sexuality. The film won the ADL Stand Up Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 and Best Cinematography at the 2016 Irish Film and Drama Awards.

Breathnach has served on the board of the Dublin Film Festival and Filmbase, and he was also the Irish Representative of Jury for the European Film Festival, a festival of European Cinema co-ordinated by the European Parliament.

(Irish Film and Television Network)