Cathy Brady

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Annie Shipton

Film, TV & Theatre

Screen ‘Star of Tomorrow’ and NFTS graduate Cathy Brady is a two-time IFTA-winning director, for her short films SMALL CHANGE and MORNING. In 2011 Cathy directed the BIFA-nominated TV drama ROUGH SKIN, starring Vicky McClure, for Channel 4's Coming Up strand.

In 2014, Cathy directed an episode of Jack Thorne’s BAFTA-nominated drama-thriller series GLUE. Most recently she was sole director of Stefanie Preissner's series CAN'T COPE, WON'T COPE for RTE/BBC3/Netflix: a darkly comic Dublin-set drama about two friends coming to terms with adulthood. In 2017 Cathy was one of fifteen female directors selected for BAFTA Elevate, a bespoke programme that elevates talent from under-represented groups to the next stage of their career.

Cathy’s debut feature WILDFIRE, which she wrote and directed, is in post-production. Starring Nora-Jane Noone and Nika McGuigan WILDFIRE tells the story of two sisters who grew up on the fractious Irish border. When one of them, who has been missing, finally returns home, the intense bond with her sister is reignited. Together they unearth their mother’s past, but uncovered secrets and resentments threaten to overwhelm them. The film was produced by Carlo Cresto-Dina (THE WONDERS; HAPPY AS LAZZARO) and Cowboy Films, with support from Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, BFI and Film4. Cathy was recently selected as one of The Irish Times’s ‘50 People to Watch in 2019’.

In Development

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WILDFIRE

2020

Tempesta/Cowboy Films/BFI/Screen Ireland/Film4

Debut feature starring Nora-Jane Noone and Nika McGuigan

Television

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CAN'T COPE/WON'T COPE

2016

Dead Pan Pictures / RTE / Netflix

Directed all six episodes of 6x30' comedy drama series written by Stefanie Preissner

GLUE

2014

Eleven Film/E4

Original drama series, written by Jack Thorne. Cathy directed episode 6

ROUGH SKIN

2011

Channel 4 - Coming Up

Starring Vicky McClure and written by Laura Lomas. BIFA nominated

Short Films

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WASTED

2013

NFTS

NFTS graduation film. Nominated for Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

MORNING

2012

NFTS

Winner of Best Short Film at the Irish Film and Television Awards 2013, selected for BFI London Film Festival 2012, London Short Film Fesitval 2013. European Film Award nominee for 'Best Short' 2013

KISS

2012

NFTS

Stars Thomas Turgoose

SMALL CHANGE

2010

CherryRED Pictures

Won Best Short at the 2011 Irish Television and Film Awards (IFTA)