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Mark O'Halloran, newly appointed Film Artist in Residence 2017/18.

8 Jun 2017
Mark O'Halloran, Film Artist in Residence 2017/18. Image courtesy of

Film and Screen Media, in association with the Arts Council and College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, is delighted to announce the appointment of its 2017-8 Film Artist in Residence, Mark O'Halloran.


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. Mark was also nominated as “Best Actor” in the Irish Time Theatre Awards for his performance as Donal Davoren in the Abbey Theatre’s production of Shadow of a Gunman.


Other screenplay include “Halal Daddy” which will be released in 2017, LANE a televisionscript that films this summer, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, and also TRADE, which goes into production in late summer 2017.

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