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Alan Gilsenan - Director

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Alan Gilsenan graduated with First Class Honours in Modern English and Sociology from Trinity College, Dublin where he received the inaugural A.J. Leventhal Scholarship.

After initially making a number of short films, Gilsenan directed a number of award-winning documentary films about Ireland: THE ROAD TO GOD KNOWS WHERE (Special Jury Prize, 1989 European Film Awards), STORIES FROM THE SILENCE (both of which won two Jacobs Television Awards, PROPHET SONGS and BETWEEN HEAVEN AND WOOLWORTHS.

Next he made the documentary series GOD BLESS AMERICA for ITV Network. These were six hour-long, highly personal portraits of U.S. cities through the eyes of American authors - Gore Vidalís Washington DC, Neil Simonís New York, Scott Turowís Chicago, Marsha Huntís Philadelphia, Patricia Cornwellís Richmond and Garrison Keillorís Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Other documentaries include the opening and closing episodes of THE IRISH EMPIRE, an extensive history of the Irish Diaspora for BBC, RTE and SBS Australia; EMERALD SHOES , an ITV Network Special on the history of Irish Dance; THE GREEN FIELDS OF FRANCE, a poetic film about the Irish who died in World War One; PRIVATE DANCER, a behind-the-scenes portrait of Irelandís first lap-dance club; MAURAíS STORY, the story of a young Irish-American woman who became a Buddhist saint; ROAD II which revisited THE ROAD TO GOD KNOWS WHERE; and a portrait of playwright Tom Murphy SING ON FOREVER; and THE GHOST OF ROGER CASEMENT, a documentary on the life of English knight and executed Irish rebel Roger Casement, which revealed the results of a forensic examination into the infamous Black Diaries and which won an IFTA Award and Best Feature Documentary at the Celtic Film Festival.

Gilsenan has directed film drama including Samuel Beckett's EH JOE, the short film ZULU 9, an experimental film based on Paul Durcanís poem SIX NUNS DIE IN CONVENT INFERNO; the experimental feature film ALL SOULS' DAY, both of which he also wrote; as well as the feature film TIMBUKTU for which he was nominated for an IFTA as both director and designer.

Gilsenan also directs for the theatre. His productions include the world premiere of Tom Murphy's THE PATRIOT GAME and ON THE OUTSIDE/ON THE INSIDE as well as Tom MacIntyreís WHAT HAPPENED BRIDGIE CLEARY for the Abbey; the Irish premieres of Jean Genet's THE BALCONY and Tennessee Williams' SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS at the Focus; his own adaptation of John Banville's novel THE BOOK OF EVIDENCE and Samuel Beckettís FOOTFALLS at the Gate Theatre.

Most recently, Gilsenan made a four-part documentary on St Itaís Psychiatric Hospital called THE ASYLUM and THE LEGEND OF LIAM CLANCY, both for RTE. These were followed by the four-part documentary series THE HOSPICE (which won the IFTA for Best Documentary series), the historical documentary THE JUBILEE PLOT and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING IRISH, broadcast Spring 2008

Alan Gilsenan is also a member of the Irish Film Board.

 Film Name  Director  Year
-  The Meeting  Alan Gilsenan  2018
-  Unless  Alan Gilsenan  2016
-  Eliza Lynch - Queen of Paraguay  Alan Gilsenan  2013
-  I See a Darkness  Alan Gilsenan  2009
-  Yellow Bittern, The  Alan Gilsenan  2009
-  Hospice, The  Alan Gilsenan  2007
-  Legend Of Liam Clancy, The  ALAN GILSENAN  2006
-  Asylum, The  ALAN GILSENAN  2005
-  Timbuktu  Alan Gilsenan  2004
-  Sing On Forever  Alan Gilsenan  2002
-  The Ghost of Roger Casement  Alan Gilsenan  2002
-  Road II  Alan Gilsenan  2001
-  Zulu 9  Alan Gilsenan  2001
-  Julie's Journey  Alan Gilsenan  1999
-  The Green Fields of France  Alan Gilsenan  1998
-  All Soul's Day  Alan Gilsenan  1997
-  Home Movie Nights  Alan Gilsenan  1996
-  Between Heaven and Woolworths  Alan Gilsenan  1993
-  Prophet Songs  Alan Gilsenan  1991
-  Trong  Alan Gilsenan  1988
-  The Road to God Knows Where  Alan Gilsenan  1988
-  Eh Joe  Alan Gilsenan  1986
-  Sheila  Alan Gilsenan  1985


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