Declan Recks

 

Website: www.declanrecks.com

Email: info@declanrecks.comnick@curtisbrown.co.uk (agent)

Address: Haymarket House, 28 – 29 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7393 4400

Film Type: Live Action

Bio

 

Declan is a graduate of DunLaoghaire College of Art and Design (Dublin), and UCLA Extension (Los Angeles), where he studied film and television. His early short films won several awards and played at numerous festivals worldwide. They include BIG SWINGER (1989) winner Best Short at the Galway Film Fleadh, Best Short at the Fuji Film Awards (UK), SUNNYS DELIVERANCE (1992) Bronze Award Worldfest Houston and QUANDO (1997) Audience award for Best Short at the Cork Film Festival. Both BIG SWINGER and SUNNYS DELIVERANCE received a theatrical release as support in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

He founded Paradox Pictures with Producer Liam O’Neill in 1990. The company produced numerous short films, documentaries and several feature films including; SEPARATION ANXIETY (1996), PETES METEOR (1998) and HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE (2001). Declan left Paradox in 2003 to concentrate on his Directing career.

 

His television work includes some of the top rated show on Irish TV. ANY TIME NOW (BBC/RTE 2002), PURE MULE (RTE 2005), THE CLINIC (RTE 2004-­‐2006), THE RUNNING MATE (TG4 2007). He has been nominated for an IFTA for Best Director on 4 occasions and won in 2005 for his direction of the critically acclaimed ratings hit PURE MULE. The Irish Times wrote PURE MULE had “spectacularly raised the bar for Irish television drama” while THE RUNNING MATE was described as “Truly marvelous…A political drama with balls”

His film, EDEN, was the closing film at the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and has since been shown at over 40 film festivals worldwide. It was selected to screen in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival where lead actress Eileen Walsh was awarded the Best Actress Award. The film was released theatrically in the US in late 2008 to critical acclaim. The New York Times described it as“Exquisitely tuned to the terrors of approaching middle age” and was a New York Times “critics pick”.

 

In 2009 Declan directed PURE MULE – THE LAST WEEKEND, a two part special revisiting the characters from the original series five years on. The show was nominated for seven IFTA awards, including Best Director. In 2010 he directed the TV movie THREE WISE WOMEN for RHI Entertainment and Parallel Films starring Amy Huberman, Fionnula Flanagan and Hugh O’Connor. He has recently completed series two of the IFTA nominated drama SCÚP written by Colin Bateman for BBC/NI and TG4. He is currently shooting the final series of 6 Degrees for BBC/NI. He is attached to direct the feature films ANGLO REPUBLIC for Treasure Entertainment and THE TRUTH COMMISIONER for Big Fish Films and Samson Films.

He is a member of the European Film Academy, Directors UK and is on the board of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI).

Filmography

 

6 DEGREES (SERIES 3)

2014 – TV Series 5 x 30mins

 

SCÚP (SERIES 2)

2014 – TV Series 6 x 25mins

 

SCÚP (SERIES 1)

2013 – TV Series 8 x 25mins

 

THREE WISE WOMEN

2010 – TV Movie – 88min

 

PURE MULE – THE LAST WEEKEND

2009 – 2 x 52min

 

EDEN

2008 – Feature

 

THE RUNNING MATE

2007 – Mini Series – 4 x 52min

 

THE CLINIC

2005 – TV Series – 2 x 52min

 

PURE MULE

2005 – Mini Series – 3 x 52mins

 

ANY TIME NOW

2002 – TV Series – 2x60min

 

ON HOME GROUND

2001 – TV Series – 2 x 52min

 

MYSTIC KNIGHTS

1999 – TV Series – 3 x 30min

 

MAKING ENDS MEET

1999 – TV Drama – 52min

 

SOAP

1998 – TV Drama – 22min

 

QUANDO

1997 – Short – 26min

 

SUNNY’S DELIVERANCE

1993 – Short – 22min

 

BIG SWINGER

1989 – Short – 15min

Awards

 

PURE MULE-THE LAST WEEKEND

 

Nominated Best Director (TV) IFTA 2009

 

EDEN

 

Nominated Best Director (Feature Film) IFTA 2008

 

Nominated for Golden Star, Marrakech Film Festival 2008

 

Official Selection, Narrative Competition, TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2008

 

Winner Best Feature Film, Boston Irish Film Festival 2008

 

THE RUNNING MATE

 

Nominated Best Director (TV) IFTA 2007

 

Winner Best Drama (TV) IFTA 2007

 

PURE MULE

 

Winner Best Director (TV) IFTA 2005

 

QUANDO

 

Winner Audience Award for Best Short Film, Cork Film Festival 1997

 

SUNNYS DELIVERANCE

 

Winner Bronze Award, Short FIlm, Worldfest Houston, 1994

 

BIG SWINGER

 

Winner Best Short, Galway Film Fleadh, 1989

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