Martin Duffy

    Martin has extensive experience as a film editor, a writer, a script analyst, and a director.

    He has directed three feature films.


In 1999 Martin directed
THE TESTIMONY OF TALIESIN JONES (SMALL MIRACLES -US) in Wales, the cast of which includes Ian Bannen, Jonathan Pryce, Geraldine James and Griff Rhys Jones.  It has won several prizes including;  Best Feature at the Austin Film Festival in Texas, a ĎSpecial Mentioní citation from the Jury in the childrenís section of the Berlin Film Festival 2001, and a special prize at the Chicago International Childrens Film Festival.

Best Film, Heartlands Film Festival, USA 2000.
President's Award, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, USA 2000.
Third Prize, Emden Film Festival, Germany 2001.
Humanitas Camerio Award, Carrousel International Film Festival, Canada 2001.
UN Rights of the Child Award, Chicago International Childrens Film Festival USA 2001.

 

The Testimony of Taliesin Jones

 

In 1998 he directed THE BUMBLEBEE FLIES ANYWAY in New York. The film was produced by Steven Haft and The Shooting Gallery.  Martin co-wrote the script from the novel by Robert Cormier.
The film stars Elijah Wood, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Perrino and Rachael Leigh Cook.   It was selected for official competition at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema, 1999.  The film has been released on cable in the US and has received extensive video release there. Following the success of LORD OF THE RINGS, it has sold throughout the world including in Japan and Germany.

Bronze Griffon Award, Giffoni Film Festival, Italy 1999.
Selection for Deauville Festival of American Cinema,  France 1999.

The Bublebee Flies Anyway

 

Martinís first feature, in 1996, was THE BOY FROM MERCURY which he also wrote. It was produced through the Irish Film Board, RTE, and Le Studio Canal Plus. It stars Hugh OíConor, Rita Tushingham, Tom Courtenay and nine year old James Hickey.The film has won several awards and enjoyed strong critical and modest commercial success on its release in England by Blue Dolphin distributors.

Special Commendation, Prix Europa, Germany 1996.
3 Jury Awards, Giffoni Film Festival, Italy 1996.
Best Film, Hayange Festival of first time film directors, France 1996.
Distributors' Award, Oulu Film Festival, Norway 1996.
Jury Prize, Olympia Film Festival, Greece 1996.
Jury Prize, Celtic Film and Television Festival, 1997.

 

The Boy from Mercury

 

 

Budawanny

 

 

 

Judge from Wanderly Wagon

 

 

 

 

Martin is a member of the Board of the Screen Directors Guild Ireland.

In 1999 he co-scripted the Fox Family Channel TV film on the life of  Irelandís patron saint,
SAINT PATRICK, the cast of which includes Patrick Bergin, Malcolm McDowell and Alan Bates. It attracted the third highest viewing figures ever for a TV film on the channel.

Martinís background is as a film editor and writer. His editing work over fifteen years in Irish national television and freelance includes such award winning films as HUSHABYE BABY, THE BISHOPíS STORY (BUDAWANNY), THE ROAD TO GOD KNOWS WHERE, THE DUBLINERSí DUBLIN - which he also scripted - and RT…/BBCís definitive two hour documentary on SAMUEL BECKETT.

Martinís writing includes two novels for young people - ONCE UPON A UNIVERSE and MOTHERSHIP - and several plays for television, radio and stage including POOR ALBERT, THE APOLLO, and GOOD SOLDIER BRECHT. He also worked with healer Finbarr Nolan to write his autobiography SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON.  

Martin has written consistently through the years for children and young people. This work has ranged from television episodes of the comedy series
WANDERLY WAGON and FORTYCOATS to a pantomime for the latter based on a character he had created - "Sir Something-or-other the Lost". Martin has also written comedy material for radio and television sketch shows.

He has written often for animation series, including the German-produced series ALTAIR and most recently the new ISLAND OF INIS COOL series.

He wrote, edited and directed the short film SPLICE OF LIFE and wrote and co-directed a team produced drama, THE CURE, with a group of teenage cancer patients.

Martin is developing other projects including the family film THE WISH, and the ghost story LITTLE BOY PRIEST. Working with the US/Irish company Anam Films, he has developed the feature film script FELLOWSHIP.

Over many years Martin has acted as script editor for RT… and for Irish independent  production companies. He has worked as consultant director/writer for North by Northwest, and was one of the four drama advisors for the 2001/2 Winter Academy of Forderverein Kinderfilm e.V in Gera, Germany.

For three years he facilitated actor's masterclasses in the Galway Film Fleadh - working with Woody Harrelson, Colm Meaney, and Aidan Quinn.

He was a member of the International Jury of the Berlin Kinderfilmfest, 2003.

 

Saint Patrick- The Legend

 

Hush-a-bye-Baby

 

 

The Road to God Knows Where

 

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