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Kieron J. Walsh - Director / Producer / Owner
Bl!nder Films
Bl!nder Films, First Floor, 71 Dame Street, Dublin 2
+353 1 677 8540

Kieron J. Walsh studied Fine Art and Sculpture at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design in Dublin before transferring to Film and Television. He subsequently received a British Council scholarship to study film direction at the Royal College of Art in London where he won numerous international prizes for his graduation film Bossanova Blues including a gold plaque from the Chicago Film Festival and the Premier Prix de la mise-en-scene at the Henri Langois Festival, Poitiers, France. Since then he has directed films for the BBC, Working Title, Channel 4, Granada and RTÉ including the hit series The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rockstar which won the RTS award for Best Series. His first feature was When Brendan Met Trudy written by Roddy Doyle, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and sold worldwide. He also directed a film for the acclaimed Beckett on Film series, which screened in Toronto the same year. For Granada he directed Watermelon based on the novel by Marian Keyes starring Anna Friel and Brenda Fricker. Since then, he has directed Kitchen, a drama starring Eddie Izzard for Channel 5, and RAW, a TV series for RTÉ 2 starring Charlene McKenna for which he was nominated for an IFTA for Best Television Director.

In 2005 he set up Bl!nder Ltd, a commercials production company and in 2006 he founded Bl!nder Films to develop and produce Irish drama and documentary for a domestic and international audience.

For Bl!nder Films, Kieron directed The Savage Eye, Series 1 & 2, a comedy sketch show for RTÉ starring David McSavage. The show was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Entertainment Series and for won a Celtic Media Award in 2012 for Best Entertainment Series. It continues to be one of the most successful comedy shows on Irish domestic TV.

With his business partner Katie Holly, Kieron has also produced two features: Sensation directed by Tom Hall and Come on Eileen – both films have been screened globally at film festivals; Sensation had a cinema, DVD and VOD release and Come on Eileen was released on DVD in late 2011.

Kieron recently finished Vexed, a television series for BBC and completed his latest feature film Jump, a Hotshot/Bl!nder Films production, starring Nichola Burley and Martin McCann. This saw him return once again to the Toronto International Film Festival where Jump had its International Premiere, and later to Palm Springs International Film Festival where it picked up the Bridging The Borders award. Jump was released in 2013.


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Filmography
 Film Name  Director  Year
-  La Domestique  Kieron J. Walsh  2014
-  Watermelon  Kieron J. Walsh  2013
-  Savage Eye, The  Kieron J. Walsh  2009
-  Raw: Series 1  Kieron J. Walsh  2008
-  Basket Case, The  Owen O’Neill  2007
-  Kitchen  Kieron J. Walsh  2006
-  Man of Fire  Kieron J. Walsh  2004
-  When Brendan Met Trudy  Kieron J. Walsh  1999
-  Made of Jam  Kieron J. Walshe  
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