Sharon Lawless

Documentary + TV Director


  • Adoption Stories
    2009-2017 — TV Documentary Series 6 × — 22 mins
  • The Killing of Fr. Niall Molloy
    2021 — TV Documentary Series 2 × — 55 mins
  • Inside the Hospice
    2023 — TV Documentary Series 3 × — 46 mins

After studying TV and Film production, Sharon became a reader and assistant to a feature film producer in the early 1990s. Films lead to commercials, and she started an advertising, PR and production company where she produced, directed and wrote campaigns for national and international clients.

In 2011, she founded Flawless Films to tell stories she felt the world needed to know. She produced, directed and edited most of the six series of ‘Adoption Stories’ for Virgin Media from 2009-2017. It exposed the horror of mother and baby homes, illegal adoptions, difficult reunions, and was the first TV series to use DNA testing to find blood relatives of adopted people, with a 100% success rate.

The unsolved murder of a priest in 1985 was the subject of a two-part documentary for RTÉ called ‘The Killing of Fr. Niall Molloy’, winning the Royal Television Society Best Factual Series award for Flawless Films in 2022. It became the subject of a best-selling book co-authored by Sharon, and is in development as TV drama series.

‘Inside the Hospice’ for Virgin Media and supported by Coimisiún na Meán, looked at death and grief through the eyes of terminally-ill patients, their families, and the staff of Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow. It was broadcast as a three-night event in May 2023, with a national fundraising campaign for all hospices running alongside it.

Sharon is in development on a feature documentary ‘The Fast and the Fabulous’ about the motorsport legend Rosemary Smith, highlighting her career achievements in the 1960s and 1970s. She is also developing a feature drama based on Rosemary’s autobiography ‘Driven’, with support from Screen Ireland.

The series and book of ‘Adoption Stories’ has inspired a TV drama series in early development. Sharon has also been filming for a feature documentary about illegal adoption, which occurred in Ireland, the US, Australia, Canada, Spain and Greece.