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About Niall

I currently work as a Storyliner in the story room on RED ROCK, an Irish crime-drama series. I am shopping a feature conspiracy thriller 'THE CONDUIT' with director Robert Putka attached and am developing a suspense thriller TV series.

I wrote and co-produced 'THE HIT PRODUCER', a feature crime thriller which premiered Nov 2014 at Cork Int'l Film Festival in Ireland and won 8 Awards of Excellence at the IndieFest in La Jolla, California. It competed for the prestigious Premio Mezcal prize at the 2015 Guadalajara Int'l Film Festival in Mexico and won a Gold Remi for Best First Feature at the Worldfest Int'l Film Festival in Houston, Texas. I have also completed feature re-writes for both Propaganda Italia in Rome and Bee Holder Productions in Hollywood, California, including POST MORTEM ART, a black comedy.

My feature screenplay NEXT OF KIN won the Gold Prize in the Thriller/Horror Category in the 2015 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and was signed by Peter Katz of Story Driven in Los Angeles. Later that year, my feature screenplay SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRD won the Bronze Prize in the Thriller/Horror Category in the 2015 World Series of Screenwriting Awards.

I also produced 'BUTTERFLY', a dramatic mid-length short film, directed by Cathal Black, which had its festival premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland in July 2015.

I have a Masters in Screenwriting for Film and Television from the National Film School, and I was the first recipient of the Irish Film Board's talent development mentorship award in 2015.

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  • THE CONDUIT

    THE CONDUIT Budget: $1M - $5M | Mystery Thriller A reviled radio DJ's last chance to save his career becomes a waking nightmare when he suspects a dangerous terror cell are using his broadcast to share coded kill messages.

  • SUB ROSA

    SUB ROSA Mystery Crime Drama A brutish cop facing numerous abuse allegations emerges from a coma meek, contrite, and the prime suspect in the murder of his chief accuser.

  • DEATH BY DEATH

    DEATH BY DEATH Action Thriller Crime Eight tales of a traumatised, highly skilled hitman-for-hire whose globe-trotting exploits, both as victim and aggressor, expose him to a doppelgänger in the same game with unclear motivations.

  • SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRD

    SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRD Horror Thriller An amnesia afflicted ex-soldier struggles to piece together his broken memory when his daughter is kidnapped, and her abductor's motivations seem to lie in his murky past. Bronze Prize Winner - Thriller/Horror Category - World Series of Screenwriting Awards 2015

  • COUNTRY LOVER

    COUNTRY LOVER Comedy A frustrated dunce runs amuck in a country town as he struggles to understand how the birds and bees differ from the bulls and heifers. Semi-finalist (last 30): Screenwriting Goldmine 2013

  • NEXT OF KIN

    NEXT OF KIN Crime Film-noir Thriller An intrepid photographer struggles to exact vengeance on a ruthless loan shark when framed for the murder of a mysterious, retired cop, who he believes was his biological father. Gold Prize Winner - Thriller/Horror Category - PAGE International Screenwriting Awards 2015

  • THE HOMEPLACE

    THE HOMEPLACE Drama North-West Ireland, 2007 - A curmudgeonly farmer strikes an unlikely friendship with a young woman seeking isolation as a confederacy of developers, led by his own brother, endeavour to remove him from his home.

  • REVIVER

    REVIVER Crime Fantasy Film-noir Horror A PTSD suffering paramedic struggles to piece together her past after reviving her husband’s presumed dead murderer, and unearths a sinister plot in service of the devil.

Credits

  • The Hit Producer

    The Hit Producer (2014)
    Film by Hit Producer Films / Ned Kelly Pictures Screenwriter / Co-Producer

  • Butterfly

    Butterfly (2014)
    Film (short) by Nightingale Films Ltd Producer

Awards

  • Gold Prize - Thriller/Horror Category - PAGE International Screenwriting Awards - NEXT OF KIN
    (2015)

  • Bronze Prize - Thriller/Horror Category - World Series of Screenwriting - SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRD
    (2015)

  • Emerging Screenwriter Talent Development Mentorship - Irish Film Board
    (2015)

  • The IndieFEST Film Awards - Award of Excellence - Script - THE HIT PRODUCER
    (2014)

Education

  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Arts and Design
    (2011-2012)

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