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Garry Keane
Freelance Director 
: Ardnawark, Barnesmore, Co. Donegal
+ 358 87 237 6552

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Garry Keane is a native of Donegal. In the 1980’s he emigrated to New York and later to London where he studied Journalism at the London College of Communications under the stewardship of Brian Beehan, (younger brother of Brendan).

He returned to Ireland in 1989 where he enrolled in the National Film School at IADT and was awarded - Irish Film & Television, ‘Student of the Year 1991’ on graduation. That same year Garry was one of three cameramen chosen from across Europe to shoot three films made to commemorate, Dublin Cultural Capital 1991.

Between 1991 and 1999 Garry worked as a cameraman on countless documentaries and drama's, many of which, including 'Where the Heart Remains', directed by his wife Alison, picked up numerous awards at international film festivals. He also shot landmark series like, 'From a Whisper to a Scream’ and ‘Hidden Treasures’ both of which received huge critical acclaim and produced and shot ‘Boys for Rent’ (Best Irish Film-Cork International Film Festival) and ‘Male Rape’, a feature doc which was screened worldwide.

In 1999 Garry started his directing career. The six part series for RTÉ 1, ‘After a Fashion' was his first. Since then Garry has produced and directed all factual documentary genres: Reality shows like 'You're a Star' and 'The Secret Millionaire', Arts Documentaries like 'The Artist in Me', ‘Patterns' and 'Charlie Chaplin...The Waterville Picture', wildlife films like, the 'Machali - The Queen of Tigers' for the BBC Natural World series and sports documentaries, 'Bagman...Behind the Ropes', 'Close Encounters of a Sporting Mind', and 'We Got Game...The Golden age of Irish Basketball'.

In 2012, 'The Writing in the Sky', was nominated for four IFTA's and won two for, 'Best Director in Television' and 'Best Sound in Television'. In all, documentaries directed by Garry have been nominated for sixteen IFTA’s and have won four.

In his 25+ years working in film & television, Garry has made documentaries in 18 different countries worldwide for RTÉ, BBC, Channel 4, Granada TV, MTV USA, Smithsonian and National Geographic.

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IFTA Best Director Television 2012 for The Writing in the Sky

IFTA Best Sound Television 2012 for The Writing in the Sky

IFTA Nominated Best Cinematography Television for The Writing in the Sky

IFTA Nominated Best Editing Television for The Writing in the Sky

IFTA Nominated for Brief Encounters of a Sporting Mind

IFTA Nominated ‘Best Cinematography’ for These Walls Can Talk

Winner ‘Best Social Documentary’ Jesuit awards 2016 for These Walls Can Talk

IFTA Nominated ‘Best Specialist Factual’ 2016 for Bypassed

IFTA Nominated ‘Reality & Constructed Factual’ 2016 for 'Toughest place to be a...'

Garry Keane - Related News Items
- 25 Feb 2020 The 21st Chicago Irish Film Festival Opens with US Premiere of Guns & Rosaries
- 23 Jan 2020 Fine Point Films' new documentary The Go-Go's to premiere at Sundance Film Festival this Friday
- 05 Dec 2019 GAZA documentary screens in Gaza for first time at Gaza Red Carpet Film Festival
- 09 Oct 2019 Irish Screen America reveals line-up for NYC showcase this October
- 04 Oct 2019 IFTA announces Gaza as Ireland’s entry for Oscars 2020
Key Credits
2017 The Classroom Divide | Director
  Motive TV - 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
2017 Deafening | Director
  Mind The Gap Films - 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
2016 Survivor | Producer/Director
  360 Productions - 2 x 50min (Smithsonian USA)
2016 Toughest place to be a… | Director
  Motive TV - 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
2016 Bypassed | Director
  Motive TV - 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
2015 The Night the Beatles came to Dublin | Director
  Mind the Gap Films - 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
2015 These Walls Can Talk | Director
  Mind the Gap Films - 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
2014 The Secret Millionaire | Director
  Animo TV- 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
2014 No Time to Die | Director
  Motive TV- 1 x 52min (RTÉ 1)
IFTN Filmography
2018 - Gaza
Dir: Garry Keane
2015 - Dáil on the Dole
Dir: Garry Keane
2014 - The Bee
Dir: Garry Keane
2009 - An GAA -'Ag Fanacht & Ag Imeacht'
Dir: Garry Keane
2007 - All in the Game
Dir: Garry Keane
1993 - Boys for Rent
Dir: Liam McGrath
1992 - The Dadason Rites
Dir: Garry Keane
1992 - The Death of Our Angels
Dir: Maurice Sweeney
1991 - Eleven Stories
Dir: Alison Toomey
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