6 August 2020 The Irish Film & Television Network

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Tom Collins - Producer/Director
De Facto Film and Video
30 Chamberlain Street, Derry, NI BT48 6LR
UK phone 00447512903700 / Irish Phone 00353862672107
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2009 The Boys of St Columb’s Documentary BBC. RTE. ( Writer - Director)

2009 Developing Reading in The Dark. Screenplay by Ronan Bennett.(Public Enemy)


2008 Kings Gold Torc Spirit of the Festival Award Celtic Film Festival.

2008 Kings gets USA  Theatrical release 21st February 2008.

2008 Kings - Nominated for record 14 IFTAS.

2008 Kings - Westchester/ New York Film Festival Best International Film

2007 Kings Wins Best Cinematography -Hamptons Film Festival 2007.

2007 Directors Guild of America/ Directors Guild of Ireland New Finders Award - Kings.

Kings invited to Toronto Film Festival.

Kings Invited to Copenhagen Film Festival.

Kings gets IRISH theatrical release 21st September 2007.

The Film premiered at the prestigious Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

Irish Premiere Galway Film Fleadh July 13th 2007.

2006 Adapted the stage play The Kings of Kilburn High Road for the screen as Kings.

2005 Dead Long Enough won the Audience Award at the 2005 Cardiff Film Festival.

2005 Dead Long Enough, ITV RTE Micheal Sheen, Angeline Ball And Douglas Henshall.

2005 Teenage Kicks released on DVD. 5 star review from The Times. (UK)

2004 Directed Phantom Cnut which was shown in 45 Irish Cinemas and nominated for a number of awards including best Short Celtic Film Festival.

2003 Writer - Donegal, Moonstone supported feature film, presently in Development.

2003/4 Writer/ Director Teenage Kicks. The song remained DJ John Peel’s favourite pop song. Why? Why also did five guys from Derry get together and form a band when all about them were forming a riot? These and other questions are answered in a feature length documentary on John Peel and The Undertones. The feature doc presented by the late DJ John Peel had a theatrical release in 65 UK cinemas. The Sunday Times regarded Teenage Kicks as ‘one of the best rockumentaries ever produced and the Guardian gave it a four star review.

2002/3 Director/ Producer Amhairghin. This drama project visually reinterprets through seven short films some of the most influential Irish Language poems since the arrival in Ireland of the mythological character Amhairghin up until today

1999 Directed - An Insight current Affairs programme from New York, The Bad Apple.

1999 Directed Combat D’une Mere ZDF/ Arte. He made a documentary on a Mother campaigning for enquiry into the fatal shooting of her son by a New York police man.

1999 Produced On hearing that the Irish actor Donal Mc Cann was ill., Collins and Irish filmmaker Bob Quinn produced a personal film on the Actor. The film interviewed most of Irelands present generation of major actors and directors. As well as international figures like John Turturro in New York and Bernardo Bertolucci in Rome. The Film was nominated for best documentary at The Irish Film and Festival Awards.

1999 He has researched and wrote a feature film script on obsession and love in the shadow of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger with Irish Journalist Eamon Mc Cann. The script entitled Spoken For received development finance from Media Plus.

1997/8 Directed - Bogwoman. Irish Film Board. RTE, Arte/ZDF, Arts Council National Lottery The feature film opened Galway Film Fleadh. Shown at over thirty Festivals including, Cuba, Brazil, Prix Europa, Berlin, Rome, and Chicago. Collins was short listed for the prestigious New Directors section at San Sebastian Film. The Director of the Festival Diego Galan called Bogwoman ‘an extraordinary film’. Featuring Peter Mullan and Rachael Dowling.

1996 Wrote a feature length film script, which focused on the role of Women in Derry pre the Civil Rights Movement. The film entitled Bogwoman was a play on a term of abuse directed to woman from the Bogside.

1996 Produced – Everybody’s Gone the award winning, Gold Plaque at Chicago, a short 35mm film for BBC Northern Ireland.

1994/5 Director/Producer a documentary for Arte/ ZDF on the subject of First Love.

1994/5-Director/Producer, More Than A Sacrifice, a large budget year long documentary project for Channel 4. Four Derry people were given Hi 8 cameras to record their lives through the first IRA Ceasefire.

1994 Co produced . The Bishops Story ,Eurimages supported, Bob Quinn’s Feature.

1992 Director/Producer- A Long Way To Go, a documentary on the life of one of the members of the Birmingham Six. Johnny Walker, the film follows his return to Derry and facing the future a free man.

1991 Director/Producer - Dragon's Teeth for RTE and Channel 4. A Film documentary, which follows Charles Haughey’s presidency of the EC at the time of the demise of the Berlin Wall and Ireland increases it’s spending in keeping the Irish border.

1989/ 90 Producer. His first feature was the multi award winning Hush-a-bye Baby. The film won numerous awards including Best Drama at the Celtic Film Festival, Best actress at Locarno, Irish entry to European Film Awards, Sunday Tribune Arts Award, and featured Sinead O Connor as actress and composure of soundtrack.

1985 -1989 Beginning his work as a Camera operator Collins shot and produced countless community orientated programmes and news inserts, the most well known project he photographed was Mother Ireland (1887) for Channel 4 for which he won a Femme Cathodique award for his photography. He shot the film pilot for Hush a Bye Baby for Channel 4 before moving out of camera work to begin producing and directing.

 Film Name  Director  Year
-  Aithrí / Penance  Tom Collins  2016
-  An Bronntanas - Five-part Thriller Series  Tom Collins  2014
-  Boys of St. Columb's, The  Tom Collins  2009
-  Kings  Tom Collins  2007
-  Dead Long Enough  Tom Collins  2006
-  The Phantom Cnut  Tom Collins  2002
-  Teenage Kicks  Tom Collins  2001
-  Amhairghin  Tom Collins  2001
-  Teenage Kicks The Undertones  Tom Collins  2001
-  It must be Done Right  Bob Quinn  1999
-  Bogwoman  Tom Collins  1997
-  Bishop's Story, The  Bob Quinn  1994
-  Hush-a-Bye Baby  Margo Harkin  1989
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