Michael Lennox

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Associate Agent: Mark Brennan

Film, TV & Theatre

Michael grew up in Northern Ireland and from an early age had a passion for storytelling. In 2008 he directed his first short film, RIP AND THE PREACHER, which was selected by the British Council to tour over twenty festivals worldwide, including Aspen, Cinequest and LA Shorts Fest. To gain further experience he worked in Africa and Asia, directing short documentaries for a London based charity. Then in 2010 he directed a half hour drama, ECLIPSE, as part of the Coming Up new talent scheme for Touchpaper/Channel 4 before gaining a much-coveted place on the MA in Fiction Directing course at the National Film and Television School (he was Northern Ireland Screen Scholar 2010 and Shine Scholar 2011).

At the NFTS Michael explored and experimented with new visual and structural approaches to storytelling, having a particular interest in extreme social misfit characters and in exploring themes of identity and morality. His work there includes ABSENCE, which screened at the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and THE BACK OF BEYOND which screened as part of the BAFTA NFTS Stars of Tomorrow event and won the Royal Television Society Student Television Award in the Post Graduate Section. It went on to win the Premio Pianific prize at Locarno Film Festival 2012, and was the short film nominee for the European Film Awards.

Michael collaborated on feature HIVES, which was selected for the San Sebastian Film Festival and was the result of a co-production project between five different film schools: the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art, the London National Film and TV School, The Sam Spiegel Film School Jerusalem, the Internationale Filmschule in Cologne and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague.
 
His short BOOGALOO & GRAHAM won the BAFTA and secured an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short. It also competed at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014, winning Special Mention for The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama, and screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
 
Michael's feature debut as director, PATCH OF FOG, was awarded funding from the BFI and was shot in Belfast over December 2014. Its stars Stephen Graham (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THIS IS ENGLAND), Conleth Hill (GAME OF THRONES), Arhser Ali (FOUR LIONS) and Ian McElhinney (GAME OF THRONES). It received its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. 

In Development

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DERRY GIRLS

2017

Hat Trick/C4

- 6x30' comedy
- Lisa McGee writing

UNTITLED 1970s BELFAST SERIES

2017

Mammoth

- Original TV idea he will write and direct

Film

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PATCH OF FOG

2015

The Fyzz Facility

- TIFF 2015: screened as part of the Discovery series
- Written by John Cairns & Michael McCartney
- Robert Jones, Wayne Marc Godfrey and David Gilbery producing

HIVES

2012

Omnibus

Selected for San Sebastian Film Festival.
Igor Šeregi (Croatia)
Boaz Debby (Israel)
Simon Dolensky (Germany)
Michael Lennox (UK)
Tomáš Kratochvíl (Czech Republic)

Television

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ENDEAVOUR (Series 4)

2017

Mammoth/ITV

- Directed the 2nd film of the series, CANTICLE

ECLIPSE

2010

Touchpaper / Channel 4

Part of 'Coming Up' season. Written by Richard T Kelly.

Short Films

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AWAYDAYS

2015

The Fyzz Facility

- Written by Stephen Fingleton, produced by Brian J. Falconer
- Galway Film Fleadh 2015

BOOGALOO & GRAHAM

2014

Out of Orbit

- Starring Charlene McKenna and Martin McCann
- Written by Ronan Blaney
- Academy Awards 2015: nominated for Best Live Action Short
- BAFTA 2015: Winner for Best Live Action Short
- Selected for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
- Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014
- Screened at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014, winning Special Mention for The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama

9 LIVES

2012

NFTS

Graduation film. Written by Ronan Blaney and starring Tom Jordan, Madison Lygo and Jonathan Harden

THE BACK OF BEYOND

2011

Northern Ireland Screen

Written by Ronan Blaney, starring Iwan Rheon and Martin McCann. Locarno short film nominee for the European Film Awards - Premio Pianific.

ABSENCE

2010

NFTS

Writer/Director. Screening at the 2011 25th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

EDWARD

2010

NFTS

Written by Regina Moriarty. Starring Richard Durden.

THE DINNER PARTY

2009

UK Film Council

RIP AND THE PREACHER

2008

UK Film Council

Starring Gerard McSorley. In competition at Aspen Shortsfest, LA Shorts Fest, Cinequest Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.

Commercials

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Saga Holidays

2012

Winner Best Commercial: Kodak Commercial Awards 2012. Nominated for the Porsche International Student Commercial Competition