'Walking the Walk' - RIP Tony Coote

Last year I was very lucky to have been asked last minute to make a film for RTE about Tony Coote, a priest who had recently been diagnosed with Moror Neuron Disease and had set himself the challenge of walking the length of Ireland to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for those who suffered from it.

I had little idea of the adventure ahead….the walk turned into a pilgrimmage which inspired people all over the country and raised over half a million euros. As well being a serious endeavour, it was also full of craic and laughter, and lifelong friends were made.

It was a pleasure and an education to spend time with Tony and interview him at length about his beliefs and motivations, and to observe the positive community-building he inspired in others around him.

Tony finally lost his battle with MND last week, but his legacy will live on.

My film for RTE 1 ‘Walking the Walk’, exec produced by Roger Childs, is currently available once again to view on the RTE Player: https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/walking-the-walk/85894184331

'Teenage Ambassadors' - new documentary coming soon

'Teenage Ambassadors'  - new documentary coming soon

We’re delighted to see our upcoming documentary ‘Teenage Ambassadors’ got lots of coverage at the RTE New Season launch for Autumn 2019. We’ve been working on this for over a year and are currently in the final stages of editing. It tells the story of two inspiring young women Natasha and Minahil, who grew up in Direct Provision and have just managed to survive the Leaving Cert exams, all the while garnering plaudits on the world stage through their work as Unicef ambassadors.

Official RTE press release here: “Natasha Maimba and Minahil Sarfraz met whilst growing up as asylum seekers in Direct Provision, their childhoods spent in cramped caravans on the outskirts of Athlone. Finally granted leave to remain, this film will follow the journey of these articulate, intelligent and funny young women as they prepare to sit their Leaving Cert exams.

The film is pencilled for release in November so watch this space. It will be accompanied by a series of short films for online giving the girls’ own humerous, alternative take on studying for the Leaving.

The ‘Teenage Ambassadors’ is co-directed by Maurice O’Brien and Cara Holmes, commissioned by Colm O’Callaghan for RTE1 and is funded by the BAI.

The Abbey – A Riot of Their Own

Lifeblood Films’ ‘The Abbey – A Riot of Their Own’ will have its premier on RTE 1 at the end of October.

Filmed over the course of a year and featuring exclusive behind the scenes access, the film follows the two new artistic directors of Ireland’s national theatre as they attempt to revolutionise it from within.

Shining a light behind the curtain of the national stage, the film features interviews and performances from some of Ireland’s best known theater actors and is a fascinating portrait of the Abbey at a key turning point in its history.

Hey Ronnie Reagan

‘Hey Ronnie Reagan’ – the Irish Film Board funded short film directed by Lifeblood Films’ Maurice O’Brien produced with Marmalade Films continues to charm audiences at film festivals around the world.

Following sold-out audiences at Cork and Dublin film festivals, its international premier took place at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018.

Upcoming screenings include Helsinki Film Festival and the Irish Film Institute’s Documentary Film Festival on 29th September 2018.

The film tells the story of Ronald Reagan’s 1984 visit to his ancestral home – the tiny Co. Tipperary village of Ballyporeen. Featuring never seen before archive and a cast of colourful local legends, it’s a bittersweet and funny story and snapshot of a fast disappearing rural Ireland.

The film features cinematography from John McMahon and was edited by Cara Holmes. You can hear an interview that Ryan Tubridy conducted with Maurice for RTE Radio 1 here: (include link)