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Liam McGrath - Producer / Director
Scratch Films
36 Cardy Rock Crescent, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.
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Liam McGrath is a graduate of Colaiste Dhulaigh in Dublin and the National Film School in Dun Laoghaire where he started his directing career, making music videos. His graduation film in 1993 was 'Boys for Rent', an award winning documentary dealing with the experiences of male prostitutes in Dublin.

In 1995 McGrath established Scratch Films Ltd. and directed a follow on film, 'Male Rape' - men overcoming rape and sexual abuse' for RTE's first True Lives series and The Irish Film Board. Since then McGrath has directed many documentaries and T.V. series' for RTE, CH4, BBC, TV3 and ARTE.

In 1995 McGrath directed Male Rape-men overcoming rape and sexual abuse, for RTE´s first True Lives series. Since then Mcgrath has directed music videos, T.V. series´ and documentary films. His most successful project to date would have to be 'Southpaw', a feature-length documentary that follows the rise of Francis Barrett, a Galway based Traveller and his dream of winning an Olympic medal for Ireland in boxing.

As a cameraman McGrath has operated on 'U2 HOME'-Live at Slane Castle, 4 U2-Bonus DVD singles from 'How to Dismantle an Automic Bomb', 'Beautiful Day' and 'Elevation' Live from the roof of the Clarence Hotel, 'Neil Young Live at Vicar Street' and 'Suede-Live and Direct' for MTV.

McGrath was the additional cameraman and main assistant on John T. Davis' self-shot feature documentaries 'The Uncle Jack' and 'Traveller'.

McGrath's most successful documentary to date would have to be 'Southpaw' (CH4/RTE/IFB), a feature lenght documentary that follows the rise of Francis Barrett, a Galway/London based Traveller and his dream of winning an Olympic medal for Ireland in boxing. After a screening at the Sundance Film festival 'Southpaw' was picked up for a theatrical release in Ireland, Britain and the USA before being sold on to many other countries world-wide. McGrath's most successful T.V. series to date has been 'Naked Camera 1,2 and 3'.

His most recent accolades as a Producer or Director include; 2014- ‘Best Feature Documentary’- The SKY Road Film Festival, ‘The Irish Times Music Television Golden Remote Control Award’ & in 2012 The Irish Film and Television Award for ‘Best Documentary’.

 Film Name  Director  Year
-  Lonesome Boatman  Liam McGrath  2012
-  Naked Camera - Series 3  Liam McGrath  2007
-  Mission Improbable  Liam McGrath  2006
-  Naked Camera  Liam McGrath  2005
-  Coach  Liam McGrath  2004
-  Seven Days in the Summer  Liam McGrath  2002
-  Seven Days  Liam McGrath  2001
-  Essie's Last Stand  Liam McGrath  2000
-  Home  Liam McGrath  1998
-  Belfast Building  Declan McGrath  1997
-  Southpaw - The Francis Barrett Story  Liam McGrath  1997
-  Male Rape  Liam McGrath  1996
-  The Twenty Second Plastic Love Affair  Robbie Ryan  1993
-  Boys for Rent  Liam McGrath  1993
-  Wastelands  Tony Deegan  1993
-  Faith  Martina Durac  1993
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