Participant profile: Audrey O’Reilly

It’s a soft landing in Ireland to discover more about screenwriter, director and chair of the Board of Directors of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, Audrey O’Reilly.

Audrey O'Reilly

Audrey O'Reilly

A graduate of the National Film School in 1998 Audrey has been working as a writer and director with increasing success. That year her co-written script ‘Honor Bright’ was announced as the winner of the Miramax Script Writing Award, while a short film she directed,  ‘In Loving Memory’ won a number of awards including the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival.

Audrey then made ‘Clare sa Speir’ one of the 2001 ‘Oscailt’ short films for Irish broadcaster RTÉ. Multi-award winning, it has also been included on the Irish Leaving Certificate syllabus. In addition a ‘Short Short’ she wrote entitled ‘Chicken’ was selected for official competition in the 2001 ‘Cannes Film.

As well as writing for the RTÉ soap opera Fair City, and the television series On Home Ground, she co-wrote and directed Teenage Cics a six-part television drama series for Irish language broadcaster TG4 in conjunction with BBC NI.

She is currently adapting Kate Thompson’s award-winning children’s novel The New Policeman for producer Hawk Koch. She is also developing two feature scripts which she will direct.

Audrey is the chair of the board of directors of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.


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