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Michael Garland - Producer
Grand Pictures
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Michael broke his teeth as Financial Controller for Palace Productions working on such projects as Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves and The Crying Game, and Michael Caton-Jones' Scandal. In 1995 he produced This is the Sea starring Richard Harris and Gabriel Byrne for Overseas Film Group. He later produced Accelerator which was screened at Cannes and Montreal.

Grand Pictures was established in early 2000 and has produced the award-winning TV series Paths to Freedom and Fergus's Wedding with Michael as producer. Spin the Bottle, produced by Michael and based on the cult hero of Paths to Freedom, was a domestic box office hit, won a number of IFTAs and also won Best Feature at the Boston Irish Film Festival.

In 2006 Michael produced Puffball and in 2008 he produced The Race, an Irish/German co-production.

Some of Michael's other credits include an Irish-German co-production shot in Ireland starring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie Sangster entitled Death of a Superhero which was sold by Bavaria Film International. Michael also executive produced Titanic – Blood and Steel, a co-production with the Italian company DAP. Michael worked on The Legend of Longwood, a co-production with Holland Harbour Productions of Rotterdam. This feature was directed by Lisa Mulcahy and was sold internationally by Global Screen.

In 2017 Grand Pictures was awarded €250,000 to make Dark Lies the Island, a feature film that will be shown on RTÉ One and also has support from the Irish Film Board. The script is by Kevin Barry and the film is based on his collection of short stories of the same name.

 Film Name  Director  Year
-  Dark Lies The Island  Ian Fitzgibbon  2019
-  Blue Guitar  Paco Torres  2015
-  The Legend of Longwood  Lisa Mulcahy  2014
-  Death of a Superhero  Ian FitzGibbon  2011
-  Race, The  André Nebe  2009
-  Stew Series 1  Orla Walsh  2004
-  Spin the Bottle  Ian FitzGibbon  2002
-  Between Dreams  Ian Fitzgibbon  1999
-  Accelerator  Vinny Murphy  1999
-  Stranded  Ian Fitzgibbon  1998
-  The Last Bus Home  Johnny Gogan  1997
-  This is the Sea  Mary McGuckian  1996
-  All Things Bright and Beautiful  Barry Devlin  1993
-  Ding Dong Merrily On High  PJ Dillon  
-  The Dead Spit of Kelly    
Related News Articles
23 Oct 2019 Dark Lies The Island star Peter Coonan talks with IFTN
26 Aug 2019 New Trailer and Artwork Released for Dark Lies the Island Ahead of Theatrical Release on October 18th
17 May 2019 Cannes Round-Up: 'Vivarium' to World Premiere & Host of Irish Productions Selling at The Marche du Film
09 Apr 2019 Michael Gambon Joins James Joyce Drama 'James & Lucia' Opposite Aidan Gillen
15 Feb 2019 First Look Trailer Released for Grand Pictures' 'Dark Lies The Island'
08 Feb 2019 #IFTNfestival: Irish Film at the 2019 Berlinale & EFM
11 May 2018 Cannes Round-Up: 2 Irish Screenings & Host of Irish Productions Selling at Cannes Market
08 Nov 2017 ‘Dark Lies the Island’ Secures International Sales Deal with Independent Film Company
06 Nov 2017 Round-up: Projects in Post-Production with Egg
19 Oct 2017 Grand Pictures’ ‘Dark Lies the Island’ Wraps


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