director / writer

Stephen’s most recent feature film, Nobel, won awards at six festivals in the USA and was released internationally during 2015/16. The Hollywood Reporter described it as “a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit which resounds widely,” and it is still among the highest-rated films on Amazon Prime. Nobel was shot in Vietnam and England, starring Deirdre O’Kane (IFTA Best Actress), Brendan Coyle, Liam Cunningham, Ruth Negga and Sarah Greene (IFTA Best Supporting Actress). 

Stephen wrote and directed his first film reaper in 1995. It was selected for competition at the Venice film festival and the same year he co-produced guiltrip (dir. Gerry Stembridge) which also screened at Venice. 

Stephen set up Temple Films with Oscar-nominated producer Ed Guiney and wrote and directed his first feature Sweety Barrett (1998) starring Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham and Andy Serkis. It was selected for world cinema at Toronto film festival and official competition in San Sebastian. Other award-winning features made by Temple Films included Ailsa (dir. Paddy Breathnach) and Disco Pigs (dir. Kirsten Sheridan).

Stephen’s second feature was the comedy-horror Boy Eats Girl (2005), starring Samantha Mumba and David Leon, which was briefly banned and then subsequently distributed worldwide, including by Lionsgate in the USA. 

Stephen has also directed three feature-length documentaries, many award-winning television programmes for RTE, TV3 and TG4 in his native Ireland, and stand-up comedy shows for Universal and EMI. 

Stephen is currently developing several screenplays for both television and cinema. He is a board member of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and Managing Director of Danman Films.

A joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit which resounds widely.
— The Hollywood Reporter, on Noble

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