Mark O‘Halloran appointed as UCC Film Artist in Residence
Award winning actor and screenwriter to join us from September
The Discipline of Film and Screen Media and The School of English / School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark O'Halloran as UCC Film Artist in Residence, a role jointly funded by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC, and the Arts Council. The residency is designed to provide a screenwriter of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop his/her practice in a university environment while offering students the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a meaningful way during the course of their studies.
Mark O‘Halloran is a writer/ actor and is from Co. Clare, Ireland. As an actor he has worked with all the major theatre companies in Ireland, most recently in the acclaimed production of “The Importance of Nothing” with Pan Pan theatre company and “The Shadow of a Gunman” with The Abbey Theatre Dublin. On screen he has appeared in numerous films, most notably as one of the eponymous heroes in “ADAM & PAUL” for which he also wrote the screenplay and the lead role of MP in “History’s Future” directed by Fiona Tan for which he was nominated as Best Actor at IFTA awards 2017. He also appears in “The Guard” and “Calvary” and in “Viva”, a film set in Havana for which he also wrote the screenplay.
Mark‘s other writing credits include the multi award winning film “GARAGE”, the television series “PROSPERITY” and “Viva” a Spanish language feature. For the stage he has written the play “TRADE” and most recently contributed text to the award winning theatre production “LIPPY”.
Mark has been nominated for numerous awards including a European Film Award for the screenplay of “ADAM & PAUL”, Irish Film and Television Awards where he won for both “Best Screenplay“ and “Best TV writer“ 2007. He also won the London Evening Standard award for “Best Screenplay“ in 2005. “TRADE” was named as “best play” at the Irish Theatre Awards 2012. “Lippy” was “Best Production” at 2014 Irish Theatre Awards as well as winning a Fringe First at Edinburgh and 2 Obie Awards in New York. “VIVA” was shortlisted for best foreign language Oscar and nominated for Best Screenplay at the IFTA awards 2016.