Michael is an Irish screenwriter and director. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, earned a Masters Degree in Film from University College Dublin, and went on to study directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School, (NFTS) London. He furthered his training through ‘Script & Pitch’ at the Torino Film Lab and was selected for the 2009 Berlinale Talent Campus.
Michael’s first produced feature as screenwriter, STRANGERLAND, an Australian set mystery drama starring NICOLE KIDMAN, HUGO WEAVING and JOE FIENNES, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015.
WE WATCHED THE SUN DISAPPEAR, a psychological survival thriller set in Greenland in 1899, was selected for EAVE and LES ARCS and is also scheduled to shoot in 2020. Jonas Arnby (WHEN ANIMALS DREAM) will direct.
Screen Ireland is developing Michael’s screenplay, PLURABELLE, a drama centered on the extraordinary relationship between James Joyce and his daughter Lucia. Gabriel Byrne is attached to star.
His co-written script COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL, a noir thriller set against the backdrop of the Irish revolution, won Screen Ireland’s Untitled scheme and made the 2014 Britlist.
As a director, Michael’s five short films have each had successful runs on the international festival circuit with LOWLAND FELL winning the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle Int’l Film Festival in 2009 among other awards.
In summer 2019 Michael will direct his debut feature. THE SPARROW is a moody drama about a teenager who lies about his involvement in the death of his brother.
Screen Ireland is also developing THE CELLIST, a psychological mystery drama about the extraordinary lengths a grieving mother goes to fill the void following her son’s suicide. Michael will also direct.
See some of Michael’s work below.