Following a distinguished career
in the theatre through the 1960s, 1970s and
the 1980s, Jim Sheridan wrote and directed his first critically acclaimed feature My Left Foot in 1989.
He followed this in 1990 with The Field which he also wrote and directed. In the same year he wrote the screenplay Into The West which was directed in 1992 by Mike Newell. In 1993 he wrote, produced and
directed In The Name of the Father and in 1995 he wrote and produced Some Mother's Son, which was directed by Terry George. In 1997 he wrote, produced and directed The Boxer and in 1999 he produced Agnes Browne, directed by and starring Anjelica Huston. He is also executive producer of Borstal Boy, On The Edge and Bloody Sunday. His film
In America which he produced, directed and wrote was released in 2003.
In 2005 he directed and produced Get Rich or Die Tryin' which was released later that year.
Jim Sheridan's films have achieved popular and critical acclaim throughout the world. His films have garnered sixteen Academy Award nominations, of which six were personal to him as Writer, Producer and Director, and they have won two Academy Awards as well as numerous prestigious international awards. Jim Sheridan lives in Dublin and is married with three children.
Arthur Lappin has been a leading film and stage producer in Ireland for twenty five years, following a career as Drama and Dance director of the Irish Arts Council. He has been a producer on fifteen feature films, two TV drama series and several documentaries. He has also produced over twenty stage productions.
His collaborations with Jim Sheridan include: line producer on 'My Left Foot' and 'The Field'; co-producer of 'In The Name of the Father'; and producer of 'Some Mother's Son', 'The Boxer','Agnes Browne', 'Borstal Boy', 'On The Edge' and 'In America'. He was also executive producer on 'Bloody Sunday', 'Laws of Attraction', 'Omagh', and 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Arthur Lappin is managing director of Hell's Kitchen, the production company he established in 1992 with Jim Sheridan. He was founding Chairman of Ireland's National training body for Film and Television (now called Screen Training Ireland) and was founding Chairman of The Ark, a unique cultural centre for children in Dublin, from 1994 - 2002. He was Chairman of the Flanders International Film Festival Jury in 2005. He is currently Chairman of KCLR 96fm. He is married with five children.
Ed Guiney is a producer based in Dublin and he runs Element Films with partner Andrew Lowe. Recent productions include: OMAGH starring Gerry McSorley and directed by Pete Travis, ADAM AND PAUL, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, BOY EATS GIRL starring Samantha Mumba and directed by Stephen Bradley, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN'S APOCALYPSE directed by Steve Bendelack, ISOLATION directed by Billy O'Brien and LASSIE starring Peter O'Toole and Samantha Morton. Ed also acted as the Irish co-producer on the new Ken Loach film, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Ed has also produced Death of a President which has just won the Prize of the International Critics (Fipresci Prize) at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to setting up Element Films, he produced DISCO PIGS (2001, Kirsten Sheridan), ON THE EDGE (2001, John Carney), SWEETY BARRETT (1998, Stephen Bradley), GUILTRIP (1995, Gerry Stembridge) and AILSA (1994, Paddy Breathnach). He also executive produced the hit TV series BACHELORS WALK for RTE
Andrew Lowe, a modern languages graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, is a chartered accountant and jointly runs Element Films, together with producer Ed Guiney with whom he founded the company in 2002. Element films has produced a number of award winning films on which Andrew has acted as executive producer, including Omagh (2003) directed by Pete Travis, Adam and Paul (2003) directed by Lenny Abrahmson, The League of Gentlemen-Apocalypse (2004)-directed by Steve Benderlack, Isolation (2005) directed by Billy O'Brien, Lassie (2005) directed by Charles Sturridge and distributed by Entertainment in Ireland and the UK, and The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2005) directed by Ken Loach winner of the 2006 Palmes D'Or. Andrew is also joint-chair of the Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) film committee and Vice Chair of the IBEC Audiovisual Federation.
Having qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000 with Deloitte's, Louise worked in banking at Credit Suisse before joining Hells Kitchen International in 2004 as production finance executive. Since this time, Louise has worked on many feature films and television projects, covering many different financing structures, including a UK/IRL/German/Spanish/Italian co-production structure, a UK/IRL/Isle of Man structure as well as vanilla type financing arrangements. Louise has produced two short films, which were funded by The Irish Film Board: The Faeries of Blackheath Woods in 2006; and It's Some Kind of Vodoo in 2005. Louise currently serves on the Board of Directors of Storyteller's Theatre Company, Dublin.