Where you grew up and where you live now
I grew up in a small town in Ireland called Carnmore. It’s in Galway, on the west coast. Now I live in Los Angeles.
When you first realized you wanted to get into the movie-making business
I think it was when I realized that everyone spent so much time talking about their favorite films and TV shows. Whether it was a big movie or a new episode of Friends, Lost, or Game of Thrones, it seemed really clear to me that people genuinely cared about these stories, and they mattered. We see parts of ourselves reflected on the screen, and I think it helps us make sense of our lives, so I wanted to be a part of that.
A writer, director or filmmaker you admire
Taika Waititi seems to be having the most fun of anyone in the business, and he’s making a bunch of personal stories along the way. I was really impressed with What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs Shark, and Jojo Rabbit, but I love that he’s also a part of something like Our Flag Means Death.
The best part about your job
Talking about stories and storytelling with creative people. There’s nothing like it.
Three things you can’t live without
Other people, laughs, and some type of media to consume.
A film, short, or book you recently came across that is particularly on mandate & why
In an effort to pick something other than our usual comps, I’m going to say the film Mogul Mowgli by Bassam Tariq. It felt on mandate because of how creatively it explored the difficulties of communicating with a family member within a family of immigrants. In this case it’s a British Pakistani musician whose father doesn’t understand his son’s life or career, and the visual representation of the father’s inner life is unique and compelling.
What’s something you’re passionate about?
I would say travel but I think I really mean adventure. Not particularly noble adventures, more like shenanigans? I firmly believe people should say/do silly things regularly to try and release the pressure of whatever particular struggle and stress they’re dealing with, because joy is what we tend to lose first when life gets hard.
You won a trip to Berlin on Let’s Make a Deal. When are you and the wife jetting off?
We’re aiming for March 2023. We’ve both been to Berlin before but never as adults so we’re super excited!