Michael Kinirons

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

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Film, TV & Theatre

Michael Kinirons is an Irish screenwriter and director. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, earned a Masters Degree in Film from University College Dublin, and went on to study directing at the National Film and Television School, (NFTS) London. He furthered his training through ‘Script & Pitch’ at the TorinoFilmLab and was selected for the 2009 Berlinale Talent Campus.

Michael first produced feature as a screenwriter, STRANGERLAND is an Australian set mystery drama, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Fiennes. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. 

His script COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL, a noir thriller set against the backdrop of the Irish revolution, won the Irish Film Board’s Untitled scheme and made the 2014 Britlist. 

The EAVE and LES ARCS selected project WE WATCHED THE SUN DISAPPEAR, a psychological survival thriller set in Greenland in 1899, is scheduled to shoot in early 2018. Jonas Arnby (WHEN ANIMALS DREAM) will direct.

As a director, Michael’s five short films have each had successful runs on the international festival circuit with LOWLAND FELL winning the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle Int’l Film Festival in 2009 among other awards. 

For his feature directorial debut, Michael is developing THE CELLIST, a psychological mystery drama about the extraordinary lengths a grieving mother goes to fill the void following her son’s suicide.

In Development

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THE CEILIST

2018

John Kelleher/IFB

Original feature, directed by Michael Kinirons and written with Fergal Rock.

WE WATCHED THE SUN DISAPPEAR

2018

Profile Pictures/Danish Film Institute

A thriller to be directed by Jonas Arnby (WHEN ANIMALS DREAM). When a rescue expedition in Greenland goes horribly wrong, leaving two men isolated and struggling against cold, they have to fight against a hostile environment and each other to survive.

COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL

2018

Fastnet Films

Noir thriller set in the shadows of the 1916 Easter Rising, written by Michael Kinirons. COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL made the Brit List in 2014.

DUBLINERS

2018

Fastnet Films

Based on James Joyce’s acclaimed short story collection DUBLINERS, this portmanteau film will see contemporary adaptations of all fifteen stories by the best of Irish and International talent.

Film

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STRANGERLAND

2015

Fastnet Films/Dragonfly Pictures

Written by Michael Kinirons, directed by Kim Farrant, and starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. STRANGERLAND featured at Sundance 2015.

Television

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FUIL AGUS DÚCH (Blood and Ink)

2007

Fastnet Films/TG4

4x30 drama-doc series exploring the real-life murder stories that have inspired some of Ireland’s most iconic fictional works including The Colleen Bawn, The Playboy of the Western World, The Field and The Quare Fella.

Short Films

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I CAN’T SEE YOU ANYMORE

2012

Blinder Films

Written and directed by Michael Kinirons, and funded through the Irish Film Board 'Signatures' Scheme. I CAN'T SEE YOU ANYMORE was selected for the Cork, Foyle, Galway, Seattle and Palm Springs Festivals. The film was the winner of the ALEXA TAKE competition run by Arri in conjunction with Screen Directors Guild of Ireland.

LOWLAND FELL

2008

Blinder Films

Written and directed by Michael Kinironsm LOWLAND FELL was funded through the Irish Film Board ‘Short Cuts’ Scheme.
The film was selected for the Edinburgh, Seattle, Palm Springs and Brief Encounters Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize: Best Short Film at the Seattle International Film Festival.

TREECLIMBER

2007

Princess Pictures

Written and directed by Michael Kinirons, and funded through the Irish Film Board’s ‘Short Short’s’ Scheme.
TREECLIMBER was selected for the Palm Springs, CFC Worldwide, Denver, Cleveland, Galway, Cork and Belfast Film Festivals.

THE ELEPHANT AND THE SEAGULL

2006

NFTS

Written and directed by Michael Kinirons, and funded through the Irish Film Board’s ‘Short Short’s’ Scheme. THE ELEPHANT AND THE SEAGULL was selected for the Galway, Cork, Belfast, and London Independent Film Festivals.

FALLING ANGELS

2004

Rude Boy Films

Written and directed by Michael Kinirons, and funded through the Irish Film Board’s ‘Short Short’s’ Scheme FALLING ANGELS was selected for the Galway, Cork, Belfast, and London Independent Film Festivals.