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Damien O'Donnell

Damien O'Donnell makes his feature debut with EAST IS EAST which premiered at the prestigious Director's Fortnight at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, the film has garnered countless awards including Best British Film of the Year (The Evening Standard and the London Film Critics Circle) and was nominated for six BAFTA Awards including Best Film of the Year.

He emerged as a talent to watch with his sharply observed short film Thirty-Five Aside, which follows an awkward schoolboy's misadventures when he starts at a new school. The short film won more than 30 awards worldwide including The Talent, the BBC's New Director Prize 1998; Best of the Festival, London Film Festival 1996; Best Short Film, Quebec Film Festival

1996; Audience Prize, Geneva International Film Festival 1996; Best of the Festival Selections Edinburgh Film Festival 1996; and the Audience Vote Best Short Film, Sydney International Film Festival 1996. Thirty-Five Aside has been lauded in territories as varied as Spain, Germany, Ireland, France, South Korea, Italy, USSR, Sweden, Greece, Chile, Switzerland, Portugal, Australia, Wales and India.

Currently, Damien is currently in pre-production on his next film Dirty Pretty Things, for top British producer, Robert Jones.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Damien O'Donnell Facts

BirthplaceDublin, Ireland

Selected Filmography

Not available.