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Darragh O'Connell
Writer / Director 
: Brown Bag Films, Block F, Smithfield, D7
01 8721608
Creative Director @Brown Bag Films. Currently developing first animated feature film as well as number of TV projects
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A graduate of animation college, Darragh O’Connell co-founded Brown Bag Films with Cathal Gaffney in 1994. Darragh produced the short film Give Up Yer Aul Sins which was nominated for an Oscar® at the 74th Academy Awards® in 2002. He subsequently directed the TV series which went on to become one of the best selling Irish DVD releases of all time.
Over the years Darragh has directed hundreds of TV commercials as well as all 52 episodes of I’m an Animal, which has sold to more than 110 countries. In 2006 he supervised and directed the animation for the Oasis music video, Masterplan.
In 2008 Darragh directed the 52 episode 3D animated series Olivia for Chorion/Nickelodeon US. He is currently directing The Octonauts for Chorion/BBC, as well as a new short film entitled 23 Degrees 5 Minutes. In 2010 Darragh was nominated for a second Academy Award® as producer of the short film Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty and has been invited to join the Academy for Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences.

Driving License: Yes
Best Animation, IFTA, 2009
Best Animation, Galway Film Fleadh, 2008
Grand Prix, Digital media awards, 2008
Best Animation, Digital media awards 2008
Best Animation, Galway Film Fleadh, 2008
Best Animation, Digital media awards 2007
Best Animation, IFTA, 2004
Best Childrens programme, IFTA, 2004
Irish business of the year, nominee, 2002
Nominated for Academy Award, 2002
Darragh O'Connell - Related News Items
- 15 Apr 2016 Brown Bag’s Cathal Gaffney Appointed as 9 Story Media Group’s COO
- 17 Oct 2013 Brown Bag Films Production ‘Peter Rabbit’ Commissioned for a Second Series
- 17 Oct 2012 Abrahamson’s ‘Frank’ Offered €1m in Irish Film Board Funding
- 25 Apr 2012 Brown Bag's Darragh O'Connell to Sit On Annecy Jury Panel
- 11 Feb 2012 IFTA 2012 Winners Announced
Key Credits
2011 - 23 degrees 5 minutes | Writer/ Director
09/10 - Octonauts | Director
2010 - Olivia Season 2 | Exec Producer
Tim Bjorklund
2008 - Granny O’Grimm | Producer
  Nicky Phelan- Producer
2008 - Noddy in Toyland | Director
  David McCamley - Exec Producer
07/08 - Olivia | Director
06/07 - Wobblyland | Director
Cat Little-Exec Producer
2006 - Oasis, The Masterplan | Animation Director
Ben & Greg - directors
2006 - I’m An Animal | Director
2006 - Give up Yer Aul Sins - series | Director
IFTN Filmography
2012 - Deep
Dir: Shane Acker
2004 - I'm An Animal
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
2004 - Tales Wot I Know
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
2003 - The Boy Who Had No Story
Dir: Aidan Hickey
2003 - Why? Series 2
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
2002 - Birth of John the Baptist, The
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
2002 - Give Up Yer Aul' Sins - The Series
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
2001 - Give Up Yer Aul' Sins
Dir: Cathal Gaffney
2001 - Racism
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
1999 - Taxi
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
1999 - The Last Elk
Dir: Alan Shannon
1998 - Barstool
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
1997 - Aesop Fables
Dir: Darragh O'Connell
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