Michael Kinirons

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Associate Agent: Mark Brennan

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 screenwriter, STRANGERLAND, an Australian set mystery drama, stars NICOLE KIDMAN, HUGO WEAVING and JOE FIENNES, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. 

His recent co-written 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 currently 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

2017

John Kelleher/IFB

- Original feature
- Co-writing with Fergal Rock

WE WATCHED THE SUN DISAPPEAR

2017

Profile Pictures/Danish Film Institute

- Thriller
- Director: Jonas Arnby (WHEN ANIMALS DREAM)
- A rescue expedition in Greenland goes horribly wrong, leaving two men isolated, struggling against cold, a hostile environment and each other

COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL

2017

Fastnet Films

- Noir thriller set in the shadows of the 1916 Rising
- Made the Brit List 2014

DUBLINERS

2017

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

- Stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving
- Director Kim Farrant
- World Dramatic Competition Sundance 2015
- When two teenage kids disappear into the remote Australian desert, a couple's relationship is pushed to the brink as they confront the mystery of their children's fate

Television

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FUIL AGUS DÚCH (Blood and Ink)

2007

Fastnet Films/TG4

- 4x30 Drama-Doc Series.
- Explores 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

- Writer/Director.
- Funded through the Irish Film Board ‘Signatures’ Scheme.
- Selected for the Cork, Foyle, Galway, Seattle and Palm Springs Festivals.
- Winner of the ALEXA TAKE competition run by Arri in conjunction with Screen Directors Guild of Ireland.

LOWLAND FELL

2008

Blinder Films

- Writer/Director.
- Funded through the Irish Film Board ‘Short Cuts’ Scheme.
- Selected for the Edinburgh, Seattle, Palm Springs and Brief Encounters Film Festivals
- Winner of the Special Jury Prize: Best Short Film: Seattle Int’l Film Festival

TREECLIMBER

2007

Princess Pictures

- Writer/Director.
- Funded through the Irish Film Board’s ‘Short Short’s’ Scheme.
- Selected for the Palm Springs, CFC Worldwide, Denver, Cleveland, Galway, Cork and Belfast Film Festivals

THE ELEPHANT AND THE SEAGULL

2006

NFTS

- Writer/Director.
- Funded through the Irish Film Board’s ‘Short Short’s’ Scheme.
- Selected for the Galway, Cork, Belfast, and London Independent Film Festivals.

FALLING ANGELS

2004

Rude Boy Films

- Writer/Director.
- Funded through the Irish Film Board’s ‘Short Short’s’ Scheme.
- Selected for the Galway, Cork, Belfast, and London Independent Film Festivals.