Jonathan Harden

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER [FESTIVAL SUBMISSION & PRESS CONTACT]

Jonathan is an actor from Belfast. This is his first film as a director and producer.

Film Credits as an actor include: Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Bad Robot, Lucas Film), Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul (Working title), Ralph Fienne’s The Invisible Woman (BBC Films), and Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Five Minutes of Heaven (BBC Films), as well as Another Mother’s Son (Bill Kenwright Films), The Truth Commissioner (Big Fish, BBC Films), The Ones Below (BBC Films), The Good Man (Manifesto Films), Whole Lotta Sole AKA Standoff (Generator Entertainment), Jump (Blinder Films), Ghost Machine (Generator Entertainment), and Ditching (Factotum).

TV credits as actor include: SS-GB (BBC), My Mother and other Strangers (BBC), The Secret (Hattrick, ITV), Peep Show (Objective, Channel 4), Unforgotten (Mainstreet, ITV), Humans (AMC, Kudos, Channel 4), Halo: Nightfall (Scott Free), The Mimic (Channel 4), The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby (Kindle, BBC), Titanic: Blood & Steel (Antena 3, Rai), Boy (Touchpaper, Channel 4), and Small Island (BBC).

Jonathan lives in London with his wife, Bronagh, and their rescued lurcher, Gracie.

 

Bronagh Taggart

WRITER, PRODUCER, LEAD ACTOR

Bronágh is a screenwriter and actor from Belfast.

Her first script – a 30 minute comedy-drama pilot - was selected for a BAFTA-Rocliffe New Writing showcase in 2010. After gaining her first broadcast credits on BBC drama 6Degrees in 2011, she was commissioned to write a total of seven episodes over its three series run, including the finale. She has since gone on to be commissioned to write over 20 episodes of shows for Zodiak, BBC, and Disney, and is developing an original project with Touchpaper TV for BBC.

Her original 30 minute film, Call it a Night was one of six scripts chosen for Touchpaper TV/Channel 4’s Coming Up series in 2013.

As an actor, Bronágh was most recently seen in the second and third series of The Fall (Artists Studio, BBC). Other credits include the BAFTA-winning Occupation (Kudos, BBC), Best: His Mother’s Son (BBC), as well as many roles on stage and radio, including the epic 2012 adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysees for BBC Radio 4.

Bronågh and Jonathan have worked together previously on several projects, both on stage and screen, including The Dinner Party, a short film directed by Oscar-nominee Michael Lennox.

 

Sean A. Murray

PRODUCER

Seán is an RTS award-winning fiction and documentary filmmaker, currently completing a PhD in Post-Conflict Trauma and the Documentary Image.

His first narrative short, Fractured City debuted at the Belfast Film Festival earlier this year. Most recently, Sean completed filming Unquiet Graves, a new feature-length documentary investigating the role of the British government in the murder of over 120 civilians in Counties Armagh and Tyrone from July 1972 to 1978. The film is broadly based on the work of the Pat Finucane Centre and the recent best-selling book, ‘Lethal Allies’ by journalist and author, Anne Cadwallader.

Sean is coordinator of Respect Human Rights Film Festival.

 

Michael Lennox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Born in Belfast, Michael trained at the NFTS, and is an award-winning director in his own right; his short Boogaloo and Graham – narrated by Guard director Jonathan Harden – won the 2015 BAFTA for Best Live Action Short and was nominated for an Oscar. Since his first short, Rip and the Preacher, which was selected by the British Council to tour over twenty festivals worldwide, Michael and Jonathan have collaborated on a number of film projects.

Other credits include the half hour drama Eclipse as part of the Coming Up new talent scheme for Touchpaper/Channel 4, short The Back of Beyond which won a Royal Television Society Award, the Premio Pianific prize at Locarno Film Festival 2012, and was the short film nominee for the European Film Awards. Michael's feature debut as director, Patch of Fog, was awarded funding from the BFI and received its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Michael also shoots and directs documentaries, most recently making Kick Me a feature-length documentary about a world-renowned kick-boxing club in East Belfast. Most recently, Michael made transition into TV, directing a 90 minute episode of Endeavour for Mammoth/ITV.

He is currently directing Derry Girls, a brand new comedy series for Hattrick and Channel 4.

 

RYAN KERNAGHAN

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Ryan Kernaghan is a UK based Director of Photography. Ryan began his career shooting documentaries, commercials and music videos before moving into drama.
In collaboration with Director Chris Baugh and Producer Brendan Mullin, Ryan DOPed the horror short Boys from County Hell, which won Best Irish short at the 2012 Kerry Film Festival, as well as The Captors, a half hour horror drama produced as part of the NI Screen/BFI Shorts to Features Scheme.  Recently Ryan has DOPed additional photography for BAFTA Award winning Director Michael Lennox’s debut feature A Patch of Fog as well as DoPing Aislinn Clarke’s debut feature, the 16mm B&W found footage film The Devil’s Doorway.  Most recently Ryan has shot the darkly comic revenge thriller Bad Day for the Cut for Chris Baugh, which has had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance film festival.

 

Brian Philip Davis

EDITOR

Brian recently edited Bad Day for the Cut for director Chris Baugh - a revenge thriller which was officially selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

He was co-editor on Zoo (with Chris Gill), a family adventure starring Toby Jones for writer/director Colin McIvor, and was additional editor on The Third Wave (starring Ellen Page) for writer/director David Freyne.

As well as feature films, Brian has cut over 20 short films in a wide variety of genres as well as TV dramas, documentaries and award-winning shorts.