To continue our celebration of Irish talent, we are excited to bring back our Hugh O’Conor Photography Exhibit at the Dun Laoghaire LexIcon Library for a number of weeks opening on July 7th. The exhibit features talent from past festivals, both in-front of and behind the camera. All shots are taken by actor, director, and photographer Hugh O’Conor.
Actor, Director, Photographer
“It was a huge privilege to take these Dublin portraits - they were just some of the talented Irish actors and filmmakers involved in the festival. All the images were shot on black + white film, with a Hasselblad CM camera that I still haven't managed to break or lose (yet)...”
Hugh O’Conor has been acting since he was ten years old, starring in films such as “Lamb”, “My Left Foot”, "The Young Poisoner's Handbook", "Chocolat" and "The Stag", which closed the ADIFF Festival in 2014. O’Conor studied at Trinity College, and has continued to act, write, direct and take photographs; he is currently exhibiting his work at the RHA Gallery in Dublin.
Actor: “Handsome Devil”
Scott has made a name for himself on the big screen, the little screen, and even the stage. He currently plays Jim Moriarty on BBC’s “Sherlock” and is starring as “Hamlet” on the West End. On the silver screen, his performances in “Dead Bodies” and “Pride” have been especially celebrated. Alongside Hugh O’Conor, Scott had a notable role in ADIFF film “The Stag”, and at our 2017 Festival, Scott played Dan Sherry in “Handsome Devil”.
Director: “Handsome Devil”
Butler grew up in South Dublin and continues to use his upbringing as inspiration for his work. Butler helmed two ADIFF films, including writing (with Peter McDonald) and directing “The Stag”, as well as writing and directing the 2017 film “Handsome Devil”, which was largely based on Butler’s own school experiences.
Actor: “Handsome Devil”
O’Shea was a 2017 ADIFF Discovery Award Nominee. Starring in “Handsome Devil”, O’Shea got the opportunity to shine as misunderstood Ned, an effete and sensitive musician. Other acting credits for the young star include “The Siege of Jadotville”, and upcoming production “The Aftermath”.
Actor: “Without Name”
Algar won one of three ADIFF 2017 Discovery Awards for her performances in “Without Name”, “Pebbles”, and “Gone”. This young actress most recently starred in “The Drummer and the Keeper” and “Seedling”.
Actor/ADIFF Discovery Juror 2017
Kerslake was an ADIFF Discovery Juror for the 2017 Festival. She first appeared in ADIFF 2012 film “Dollhouse”, and most recently starred in the IFTA-winning film “A Date for Mad Mary” in its titular role.
Editor: “The Farthest”
Cranstoun is a successful film and television editor with credits including “Queer as Folk”, “Island at War”, “Mr. Bean’s Holiday”, and “Love, Rosie”. Recent credits include the documentary “The Farthest”, and ADIFF 2017 film “Without Name”.
Harte hails from Timoleague and graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting. She has starred in short films such as “Twinkle Toes”, “Hunters Fall” and “Slices”. Most recently, Harte starred in ADIFF 2017 short film “Lily”.
McNamara is from Limerick and graduated from the University College Cork in 2015. She was a 2017 ADIFF Discovery Award Nominee. Her acting credits include “Cherry Tree” and the television series “Vikings”. McNamara had roles in ADIFF 2017 short film “Lily” and horror flick “Nails”.
Director: “The Farthest”
Reynolds is an editor, writer, and director. She most recently was selected by The Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland to receive the Director Finders Series Award for her work on the ADIFF 2017 documentary “The Farthest”. Reynold’s other directing credits include the documentaries “Here Was Cuba” and “Three Men Go to War”.
Director: “Second to None”
Gallagher is a director, writer, and cinematographer. He won one of three ADIFF 2017 Discovery Awards for his short film “Second to None”, which he wrote and directed. His other film credits include the television series “Burning Wishes”, and short films “Love is a Sting” and “Signs”.
Director: “The Piano Lesson”
Wardrop hails from Portarlington in County Laois. As a director, he has earned honors including a European Film Award for Best Short Film, Expresión en Corto Best Documentary Short Film, and an ADIFF Discovery Award in 2008. Wardrop served on the ADIFF Jury in 2016 to select future Discovery Award recipients. Wardrop directed ADIFF 2017 film “The Piano Lesson”, as well as past ADIFF films “His and Hers” and short films “Scoring” and “Farewell Packets of Ten”.
Cinematographer: “Handsome Devil”
Watters is a gifted cinematographer with credits in television and film. He won an IFTA Best Cinematography Award for his work on the film “Viva”, which was featured in ADIFF’s 2016 Festival. Most recently, Watters was the cinematographer for ADIFF 2017 film “Handsome Devil” and the television series “An Klondike”.
Director: “Without Name”
Finnegan is a Dublin-born director, writer, and editor. In 2012, he won an IFTA Award for Best Short Film for his direction on “Foxes”. Finnegan directed ADIFF 2017 film “Without Name”, his first feature film. Other short film credits include “Changes”, which he directed, wrote and edited, and “Defaced”, which he wrote and directed. He is married to frequent collaborator Brunella Cocchiglia.
Producer: “Without Name”
Cocchiglia is a film producer, most recently working on ADIFF 2017 film “Without Name”. Other credits include short films “Fear of Flying”, and “Foxes”, which won an IFTA Award for Best Short Film in 2012 and was directed by frequent collaborator and husband Lorcan Finnegan.
Actor: “Handsome Devil”
McElhatton was born in Terenure, Dublin and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His credits include acting and writing for television, film, and theatre. In recent years, he rose to prominence playing Roose Bolton on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. McElhatton starred in ADIFF 2017 film “Handsome Devil”, and in the past had roles in ADIFF films including “Death Of A Superhero” and “Mammal”. Most recently, McElhatton starred in the new film “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” and will have a role in the upcoming American film “Justice League”.