JH directing river scene

Julian has been working as a visual creator and Director in Ireland for over 20 years. Originally from a fine art background (London, Belfast and Dublin), he has worked successfully in the Arts, Television and Theatre, and has made independent award-winning short films. He spent 6 years under contract as Producer/Director with RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) and is developing a graphic novel project entitled ‘Men of Iron’.

Throughout the years he has also been involved in the production of many live events and as part of RTE’s highly successful ‘Poem for Ireland’ campaign he not only made the key central documentary but also produced the climactic live event with President Higgins at a packed Royal Irish Academy. He is currently developing projects for a major Irish global sustainability initiative utilising multi-cam web streaming/vision-mixing technology and virtual reality techniques.

He is married with two young sons.

TV (selection)
‘Makers’ 15 part craft series for RTE Young People’s (Producer/Director)
‘A Rebel Act’ documentary for RTE Factual (Producer/Director) – shortlisted for 2015 Prix Italia
‘The Works’ for RTE Factual (Producer/Director) – ‘Holly McNish’ selected Zebra Film Festival
‘Kidspeak’ for RTE Young People’s (Series Producer/Director/Editor/Camera)
‘My Big Idea’ for Liberty Films/RTE (Producer/Director/Camera) – Radhairc Award Finalist/IFTA shortlist
‘The Art Factory’ for RTE Young People’s (Director/Featured Artist)
‘Podge and Rodge – A Scare at Bedtime’ – Series 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for ZZ /RTE (Director)

Film (selection)
‘The House That Matt Built’ (2007) – a melancholy documentary about the life and legacy of an Irish Ironworker in Ireland and New York. Official selection Galway IFF, Darklight Film Festival.
‘Death’s Mailing’ (2005) – a black comedy about bodysnatching in 19th century Dublin.
Winner: Best Foreign Short – Rome IFF 2006, Best International Short – Cyprus IFF 2006, 2nd Prize 2005 Galway Film Fleadh – Best First Short, 2nd Prize 2007 End of the Pier Festival (UK) – Best European Entry. Selection: Short Film Corner – Cannes 2006, New York Short FF 2006, New York International FVF 2006

Irish Theatre Projects (as Director)
‘One For the Road’ by Harold Pinter (City Arts, then Andrew’s Lane theatre by special request)

Art Projects (selection)
Co-founder and Artistic Director of Inside Art Ltd (a company devoted to finding commercial outlets for artists and craftspeople).
Ongoing commission to produce pencil portraits of all past and chairman for VHI boardroom.
Various Artist-in-Residences in schools (one of which – the ‘Forest in a School’ project – won a European Environmental Award) and street theatre projects for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown CoCo Arts Office.

Exhibitions
Old Market House Art Gallery, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford – June/July 2005.

Education (selection)
1990 University of Ulster at Belfast – BA (Hons) Fine Art (including Erasmus exchange to NCAD)
1989 Wimbledon School of Art – Cert. in Foundation Studies

Other relevant experience
Swept Monkey House at London Zoo for two summers.