Damien
O'Donnell

Director for film

After graduating from film school in Dublin, Damien wrote and directed Thirty Five Aside, a hugely successful short film that won prizes at festivals around the world. In particluar it won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the Clermont Ferrand short film festival, the largest short film festival in the world. The film also earned Damien a Royal Television Society award and the BBC’s New Talent award.

Damien’s first feature film East is East, about the experiences of a mixed marriage family in Manchester in the 1970’s,  got six BAFTA nominations in 2000, ultimately winning the BAFTA for Best British Film, as well as numerous other awards around the world. It was a huge commercial success for FILM 4 in the UK and around the world.


Apart from his work in feature films Damien has directed numerous award winning TV commercials in Ireland and the UK, including the satirical Irish TV show The Savage Eye, which has been described as the most important Irish TV comedy show of a generation.



CV

Film

Director 

Producer James Flynn & Juanita Wilson
Writer Jeffrey Caine & Christian O'Reilly
Starring
  • Brenda Fricker
  • Ramola Garai
  • James McAvoy
  • Ruth McCabe
  • Drama following a young man who moves into a residential care home and strikes up a profound friendship with another resident who has cerebral palsy
    Momentum
    WT2 Productions
    Heartlands
    Feature
    Producer Gina Carter, Richard Jobson
    Writer Paul Fraser, Richard Jobson & Andrew Keyte
    Starring
  • Mark Addy
  • Jim Carter
  • Celia Imrie
  • Ruth Jones
  • A darts player tries to win his wife back after he catches her cheating with the captain of their darts team
    Miramax Films
    Producer Michael Colgan & Alan Moloney
    Writer Samuel Beckett
    Starring
  • Gary Lewis
  • Sean McGinley
  • Film of Beckett's play created as part of the Beckett on film project
    RTE
    Blue Angels Films
    Producer Leslee Udwin
    Writer Ayub Khan-Din
    Starring
  • Linda Bassett
  • Jimi Mistry
  • Archie Panjabi
  • Om Puri
  • Comedy set in the 1970s about a Pakistani chip shop owner whose children rebel against his strict rules
    Channel 4 Films
    Assassin Films

    Writer & Director 

    How Was Your Day?
    Nominated: Short Film, IFTA
    Short
    Producer Emmaline Dowling
    Starring
  • Eileen Walsh
  • Sean Duggan
  • Aidan McCardle
  • Janet Moran
  • Eamonn Hunt
  • A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her baby

    Suitable Films
    Producer Paul Fitzgerald
    Starring
  • Guy Carleton
  • Charles Dance
  • Eamonn Hunt
  • Bill Paterson
  • Short film about a failed inventor who finds the key to a Stone Age riddle
    Film Four
    Clingfilms
    Producer Petra Conroy
    Starring
  • Ciara Burke
  • Moira Deady
  • Maria Hayden
  • Eamonn Hunt
  • Comedy about a young boy starting school and finding that he doesn't fit in
    Clingfilms

    Television

    Director 

    Producer Emma Burgess & James Flynn
    Writer Billy Roche
    Starring
  • Adam Fergus
  • Kelly Thornton
  • Aidan McArdle
  • Ned Dennehy
  • Simone Kirby
  • Drama about a car dealer who hatches a plan to make money fast to deal with his mounting debts

    RTE
    Savage Eye
    12 x 30'
    Producer Katie Holly
    Writer David McSavage
    Starring
  • Aidan Bishop
  • John Colleary
  • Pat McDonnell
  • Irish satire

    Blinder Films for RTE

    Writer 

    Producer Jack Armstrong
    Starring
  • Eva Birthistle
  • Des Cave
  • Patrick Hyland
  • Paul Meade
  • Comedy drama set in the world of the petty Dublin criminal
    Indi Films for RTE