KEY PRODUCTION TEAM
Brendan J Byrne
Brendan is a veteran documentary filmmaker whose 2016 feature- documentary BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS, broke box office records in Ireland. His previous credits include his Royal Television Society winning documentary BREAKING THE SILENCE about families coping in the aftermath of suicide and MEN OF ARLINGTON which won the Critic’s Choice award at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2011. His first narrative feature film, JUMP was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and his latest one MAZE, based on the true story of the 1983 Maze prison escape, had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017 and was the biggest Irish film at the box office in 2017. In a career spanning 25 years, Brendan ran production company Hotshot Films between 1992 and 2013 before joining Fine Point Films as Creative Director in 2014. Brendan is an Executive Producer on NO STONE UNTURNED, ELIÁN, GEORGE BEST: ALL BY HIMSELF and WAVE GOODBYE TO DINOSAURS and a producer on Fine Point’s Net ix Original documentary, MERCURY 13. As a director, he is also finishing a short documentary entitled HEAR MY VOICE, which explores the pain of human loss during conflict through internationally acclaimed artist Colin Davidson’s series of paintings, ‘Silent Testimony’. (The Gala Premiere of Hear My Voice was held on April 11th, 2018 and was introduced by US Senator George Mitchell, widely credited for his role in helping secure the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, an internationally recognised peace agreement that ended the conflict in Ireland).
Award-winning producer, director, journalist and founder of Fine Point Films, Trevor Birney has a long track record in making high-end documentaries for international distribution. In 2012 he co-produced the Emmy award-winning, Alex Gibney feature-documentary, MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, which also won an Irish Film & Television Award. In addition to producing Fine Point’s extensive production slate (NO STONE UNTURNED, directed by Alex Gibney, ELIÁN, directed by Ross McDonnell & Tim Golden, BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS, directed by Brendan J Byrne and GEORGE BEST: ALL BY HIMSELF, directed by Daniel Gordon) during his career Trevor has produced and directed a wealth of landmark documentaries about the conflict in Northern Ireland - for national and international broadcasters. In 2016, he directed a BBC documentary about the 1996 London Docklands bombing by the IRA, described by the Irish News as “a triumph of journalism”. In 2015, along with colleague Brendan J. Byrne, Trevor won the BEST PITCH prize at Hot Docs for a project subsequently commissioned by Netflix Originals. He is also the founder or television production company, Below The Radar and the multi-award-winning investigative journalism website, The Detail.
Paul Devlin has been a documentary film editor since 1997 when he joined one of Ireland’s leading creative editing companies, Yellowmoon Post Production. In the course of those 18 years he has cut more than 60 films, many of which have been very, very challenging, but all of which are testament to Paul’s intellect and creativity. Some of these highlights include BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS, THE BEAUTY OF ANATOMY, BOMB SQUAD MEN: THE LONG WALK, CITY OF FAITH, SUPER 8 STORIES and BEST – MADE IN BELFAST. These works bear witness to Paul’s ability to the bring the light and shade of everyday life into his professional craft. In the words of his longtime colleague, Yellowmoon founder Greg Darby; ‘Paul is without a doubt one of the most intelligent people I have ever worked with, a man who clearly understands the alchemy of the cutting room, and who is, in my opinion, one of Ireland’s finest documentary editors.’
Lives & works in Paris. Bernard Swell, aka Edith Progue, has produced albums and written a string of top hit songs for French star Veronique Sanson, contributing to three platinum albums for Warner Brothers.
Three electro-pop albums, under the stage name of izdatso, released in 2000-2003 on Nettwerk America/ EMI have included tracks that were featured on CSI Miami TV series as well as Levi’s and LG advertisement campaigns.
In 2007, under the stage name Edith Progue, he composed, performed & produced “Timeline”. Released on the legendary Mille Plateaux label, Timeline has received the Best Electronic Album Award at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards 4 (April 4th, 2008).
Working with world-famous DJ Paul Ritch and teaming up with French artists collective Supernova Project has brought Edith Progue’s music to a new level of minimal techno influenced sound, leading to live performances such as the concert featured on the “Live at Eglise St Merri” album (Editions Swellito 2015).
Film music: Eating Out by American director Alan Brocka (2004), Rose, c’est Paris by Bettina Rheims (2010), Calvet (2011) by UK director Dominic Allan, Jump (2012) by Irish director Kieron J. Walsh, and Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) by Irish director Brendan J. Byrne.
Edith Progue’s music is featured on art videos for fashion designers Christopher Kane, Alexander Wang & Karl Lagerfeld.
Peter Strain is an AOI (Association of Illustrators) Critics’ Choice Award-winning illustrator based in Belfast. He specialises in creating carefully composed, hand-rendered typography, animation, and illustration. Peter always tries to experiment with texture, mark- making and various digital techniques to keep his work evolving. Clients include FILM4, Empire, The Guardian, Penguin, The New Yorker, TIME magazine, The Washington Post and Adidas.
Sam Rockwell (born November 5, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs (1997), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Moon (2009), G-Force (2009), and Seven Psychopaths (2012).
He is also well known for his supporting roles in The Green Mile (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), Charlie’s Angels (2000), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Frost/Nixon (2008), Conviction (2010), Iron Man 2 (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), and The Way, Way Back (2013). For his role as a troubled police deputy in the drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Rockwell won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as numerous other accolades, including a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.