I write, produce and sometimes direct features and TV.
Brendan Foley is a screenwriter, feature film director, producer and best-selling author.
His feature films include multi-award winning action drama Johnny Was (Sony), thriller The Riddle (Image Ent/Mail on Sunday) with 2.6 million DVDs, and satire Legend of the Bog (Lionsgate). They starred Sir Derek Jacobi, pictured above, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Roger Daltrey and many others. In 2015 he was named as writer-director for the upcoming US feature Sonata, starring Booboo Stewart of Twilight and X-Men.
Brendan is also a Writer-For-Hire for studio and independent projects such as immigration drama Addae’s Journey for Devonshire Productions, Endurance for Denmark’s Hannover Film and the upcoming Bus Pass Road Trip for Sir Derek Jacobi and friends.
In TV drama, Brendan wrote the pilot for Danish drama Dr Feelgood for Monday TV. He is currently working on a detective series with the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen (UK home of Game of Thrones). He also has series in development with Luminoir Finland, the CBC in Canada and Croton Media, China's largest TV drama producer. His past work has been backed by Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board, Danish Film Institute, Creative Europe and BLS Film Fund Italy.
In animation, Brendan is co-creator of children’s environmental animated series Shelldon (NBC) and the Asian hit series Byrdland (GMM Grammy/ Shellhut).
In Books, Brendan is author of WWII best-seller Under the Wire (Transworld/Random House), which reached number one on the Amazon UK history, biography and WWII charts. His most recent book, Archerfield, (2015) is an epic covering 16,000 years in one square mile of Scotland.
As a producer, Brendan works under the banner of The Proper Picture Company, alongside international producers Lars Hermann, Gavin James and Ned Dowd. Their past movies as individuals include: Johnny Was, Apocalypto, The Riddle, Last of the Mohicans, As White as in Snow, King Arthur, In a Better World, Alexander and Hoffa.
Brendan is a popular tutor on short courses for screenwriting and producing for the Writers Guild, NUJ, EU Media and a guest speaker on film at the Bill Clinton Presidential Library and at many universities and film festivals from Austin to London and Nantes to Marbella.
Prior to working in film and books, Brendan was an award-winning features journalist covering business, the environment and conflict in 77 countries world-wide, from bomb disposal in Angola to oil spills in Alaska. He also ran his own print and video consultancy which won the PR Week Award, three times. His international clients included Texaco, Hawker-Siddeley, Chevron, Coca-Cola and India's Tata Steel.
Brendan is an Honorary Life Member of the National Union of Journalists, A Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Internal Communications, and a member of the Writers Guild GB for whom he was a presenter at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards. He is represented by Robert Kirby of United Agents, a recent UK Agent of the Year.