Rob Cawley

Writer

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Hannah Porter
Associate Agent: Freddie Best

Film, TV & Theatre

Rob Cawley wrote and produced his first TV drama series AMBER with his company Screenworks Productions. This four-part original series became one of the most watched TV shows in Ireland in 2014. It licensed to multiple territories and was broadcast on RTE, BBC, Netflix, Hulu, NBC Global and more.

Screen Ireland and Creative Europe MEDIA backed his first feature screenplay UNDERCARD which is slated for production in 2019 with the Mark Gordon Company and eOne producing. He has developed the original TV series THE KEYS for Universal Cable Productions Blumhouse and 2Dux2. He also co-wrote THE ART OF KILLING an adaptation of the novel A Dark Place to Die by Ed Chatterton for Australian company Escapade Media and UK based Mam Tor. THE KING OF CARPENTARIA is an original historical mini-series with development backed by Screen Ireland. Dublin based Deadpan Pictures and London based distributer Kew Media also backed script development of original TV series centred on gambling and addiction GRINDERMAN. 

Rob has also been working as a writer and designer for Dublin based games company Touch Press LTD. He has written numerous games and interactive narrative projects for Marvel, Disney, and Eric Carle. He has written over 40 interactive children’s books including new titles books featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle characters. He has also been commissioned to write a slate of original voice-driven narrative content for the Alexa platform by Amazon. The genres range from original fantasy and sci-fi to an adaptation of Theo Gray’s international sensation THE ELEMENTS.

Rob's career began as a comedy writer in the 90s writing and directing satirical comedy for Irish TV, including the acclaimed, long-running series DON’T FEED THE GONDOLAS.  Following this he became head writer on the very first Australian Aboriginal Comedy Show for SBS (after his car broke down in the desert). THE MARY G SHOW was twice winner of Outstanding Achievement In A Series – Western Australian Screen Awards 2002 and 2003. Its protagonist was the acid-tongued Mary Geddarrdyu, performed by a cross-dressing Aboriginal man. This ground breaking comedy series tackled issues of race, sexual health, the stolen generations and reconciliation.

Returning from the outback to Ireland in the mid 00’s he alternated as a writer, producer and director for children’s TV and animation. He also spent a year embedded as a documentary director with Ireland’s search and rescue helicopter rescue units directing the six part RESCUE 117 and follow up RESCUE 115.  

In Development

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UNDERCARD

2016

3 Arts / Screenworks

Feature

THE ART OF KILLING

Mam Tor Productions/ Escapade Media

6 part drama series based on the novel by Ed Chatterton

KING OF CARPENTARIA

2014

Beyond Screen Production (AUS)/ Irish Film Board

Producer- Paul Donovan, Grand Pictures

Short Films

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PERFECTION

Fantastic Films/RTE

Director: Colm McCarthy
* Winner Cork Film Centre/RTE Short Film Award 2003

Film

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THE AERONAUT

Original feature.
* Official selection, Beverly Hills Film Festival 2012
* Winner, Van Gough Award, Amsterdam Film Festival 2010

ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT

Grand Pictures

Original feature
* Finalist, The Irish Filmboard/Dublin International Film Festival "UNTITLED" Competition 2011
Producer: Paul Donovan

Television

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AMBER

RTE/BAI/Screenworks/Content Media

Original 4 x 1 hour drama serial
Producers: Paul Duane, Rob Cawley
Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Co-writer: Gary Duggan (Eps 2, 3 & 4)
Starring: Eva Birthistle, David Murray

THE MARY G SHOW

Goolarri Media/SBS/Australian Film Council/ScreenWest

Series 1 & 2
The first Aboriginal comedy series for National Australian TV
Producers: Peter Strain, Joan Peters, Dot West
* Winner, Outstanding Achievement in a Series, W.A. Screen Awards 2002 & 2003