Profile Maeve Murphy: Writer and Director

Maeve was born in Northern Ireland and educated at Cambridge University where she was the secretary of the Cambridge Footlights. Her first short “Amazing Grace”, starring Aiden Gillan ( BFI/N. Irish Lottery) premiered at the London Film Festival and sold to Film 4. “Salvage” (N. Irish screen) starring Orla Brady premiered at the Cork Film Festival and was broadcast on R.T.E Her debut feature “SILENT GRACE”( N.Irish screen/Irish Film Board) also starring Orla Brady premiered at the Galway Film festival 2001. It received widespread critical acclaim Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said” bodes well for Murphy’s future movies.” Tara Brady of Dublin Hot Press said, “Maeve Murphy must be some kind of genius...wonderfully humane” Ronnie Scheib of Variety said “Assured helming by newcomer Maeve Murphy, unflagging pace throughout.” SILENT GRACE was awarded the Soka Art award. Released by Guerilla Films in cinemas in the Uk and Ireland in 2004. In 2014 SILENT GRACE was subject of a chapter in Jessica Scarlata’s new book on “Gender and Incarceration in Irish Film” It is discussed with “Some Mother’s Son”, H3 and “Hunger”.

Maeve’s second Feature BEYOND THE FIRE, starring Cara Seymour and Scot Williams, premiered at the Belfast Film Festival in 2009. Maeve as a director was awarded Best Film ( UK) at the London Independent film Festival 2009 and Best Film ( International) at the Garden State Film Festival USA 2010. It was also selected for New British Cinema at the ICA. Controversy broke out around the film when at the height of the church abuse scandal RTE said “there was no appetite for the subject.” Survivors expressed their fury in The Irish Independent and Ben Frow of TV3 told The Irish Independent that broadcasters had a duty to tell important subjects. TV3 then gave it an instant broadcast in 2010 calling it “shocking and controversial.” Sunday Mirror Ireland said “TV isn’t always mean to be easy” and made it their “Must See” film. Belfast Telegraph described it as “unsettling but brilliant drama.” Met Film Distribution received funding from UKFC for BEYOND THE FIRE’s release in cinemas in 2009/2010. Peter Bradshaw The Guardian said “it’s unironic belief in the power of love is attractive” It was broadcast by BBC2 2013, and made “Pick of the Day” Daily Mail.

Maeve’s third feature “TAKING STOCK” starring Kelly Brook was shot and edited in 2013/2014. The film is currently in post production. An extract of it was shot as a teaser short entitled SUSHI. This won the Sub-ti International Short Film Award which was announced and awarded at the Venice Film Festival 2011, “Venice Days” were judges. The announcement of the film with Kelly Brook was widely covered by the British Press.

Writer/Director
TAKING STOCK – Feature in Post Production 2014
Northern Ireland Screen individual writer’s grant
Starring: Kelly Brook, Scot Williams, Georgia Groome, Femi Oyeniran, Jay Brown and Lorna Brown
Producers: Geoff Austin, Maeve Murphy and Exec Producer Frank Mannion



Writer
UNTITLED MUSIC BIOPIC TREATMENT 2012
COMMISSIONED BY THE BBC

Writer/Director
TAKING STOCK/SUSHI short
United Kingdom 2011, 35 secs                          
WINNER OF SUB-TI INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION 2011.
THIS WAS GIVEN A SPECIAL MENTION BY ONE OF THE SUB-TI JUDGES, GEORGIO GOSETTI, DIRECTOR OF VENICE DAYS AT VENICE 2011
SELECTED FOR THE LONDON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2012
SELECTED FOR THE SHORT CORNER CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2012
SELECTED FOR THE GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL 2012

Produced by Holly Wells and LONDON FILM ACADEMY
Starring Luanna Priestman and Junichi Kajioka



Writer/Director
BEYOND THE FIRE - Feature 2009/10
Playing With Fire Ltd/Swipe Films/UKFC/ UK release Jun 2009
Premiere at New British Cinema ICA London
WINNER OF BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE AWARDED to Maeve Murphy
at the Garden State Film Festival 2010
WINNER OF BEST UK FEATURE AWARDED to Maeve Murphy
at the London Independent Film Festival 2009
Best Director Nomination to Maeve Murphy at the London Independent Film Festival
Belfast Film Festival Premier 2009
Developed by Northern Irish Screen and The Irish Film Board
Starring: Scot Williams and Cara Seymour
Producers: Helen Alexander, Maeve Murphy and Exec Producer Frank Mannion
TV3 SCREEN TELEVISION PREMIERE on April 7th 2010
BOUGHT BY THE BBC AND BROADCAST ON BBC 2 AND ON IPLAYER IN MARCH 2013 - UK TV PREMIERE. SECOND BROADCAST ON BBC 2 AND IPLAYER DECEMBER 2014.


Writer/Director
SILENT GRACE - Feature
2004
Crimson/Irish Screen/Guerilla UK release UGC London 13/2/4
WINNER OF SOKA ART AWARD AWARDED to Maeve Murphy (Soka Gakkai Japan)
Best Film Nomination (Conflict and Resolution Section) Hampton’s Film Festival USA
Aisling Award Nomination Northern Ireland
TWN Award for Excellence Nomination Northern Ireland
Critics Choice The London Metro and Dublin Hotpress
Galway Film Fleadh Premier, Taormina, Hamptons and Cannes Market
Developed by Northern Irish Screen
Completion Finance Irish Film Board
Starring: Orla Brady, Patrick Bergin and Conor Mullen
SHOWTIME AUSTRALIA TELEVISION PREMIERE 2005

Director
SALVAGE - Short 2001
Universale Imaginaria Special Award Nomination
Distributed by BFI – screened on RTE and UTV

Writer/Director
AMAZING GRACE- Short 1999
BFI and NI Lottery
Edinburgh Film Festival, London Film Festival and Galway Film Festival
Screened on Channel 4 and Film 4. Starring Aidan Gillan


Theatre
The Miracle People - Etc Theatre (Writer and Director)
Choose Hope, Choose Peace - SGI Multimedia Event – Wembley Conference Centre (Director)
Justice, Hope and Friendship - SGI Multimedia Event – Conway Hall (Director)
Now And At The Hour Of Our Death -
TIME OUT AWARD (Co Writer)
Next To You I Lie - National Theatre Studio, Arts Council Funded (Co Writer)
Never Had It So Good –
Nominated for Carrington London Fringe Award (Co Writer)