Brendan McCarthy

Producer & Writer | Fantastic Films
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Brendan McCarthy is a producer and screen writer. He is co – owner of Fantastic Films based in Dublin, Ireland.

Recent films include You Are Not My Mother by Kate Dolan, Arracht Tom O Sullivan, Vivarium (2019) by Lorcan Finnegan starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg. Vivarium premiered at the Cannes Film Festival / Critics Week in 2019. Sea Fever (2019) directed by Neasa Hardiman starring Connie Nielsen, Dougray Scott and Hermione Corfield . Sea Fever premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019.

Other film credits include The Last Days on Mars (2013), the debut feature film from Oscar-nominated Irish director Ruairí Robinson, selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, 2013; the award-winning Stitches (movie) 2012, directed by Conor McMahon and starring Ross Noble and Tommy Knight, the Bollywood hit Ek Tha Tiger 2012, directed by Kabir Khan (director) and starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, the critically acclaimed Hammer Horror Wake Wood 2011, directed by David Keating and starring Timothy SpallAidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle and Outcast (2010 film) directed by Colm McCarthy (director) and starring James NesbittKate Dickie and fellow Scottish actress Hannah Stanbridge, who received a Scottish BAFTA for her role in the film.

Brendan McCarthy was the Film Adviser to Arts Council of Ireland, where he consulted on both policy and project related issues from 2007 to 2014. He acted as the Irish delegate to Eurimages from 2001 to 2012. He was active in the creation of policy and project selection during this time.

From 2001 to 2005, McCarthy was the Head of Production and Development at Irish Film Board, where he was instrumental in helping to create new production finance initiatives, including the Low Budget Initiative and the Micro Budget Digital/Development Fund. He was also actively involved in the selection and funding of projects for both development and production.

Brendan McCarthy is a graduate of EAVE, ACE, Media Film School and Scale Strategics Marketing. In addition to this McCarthy has also acted as a Board Member of Media Desk Ireland and previously ran his own production company, Blue Light Productions.

After receiving 1st Class Hons MA in Screenwriting from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, in 2006, McCarthy’s screenplay for the horror film Wake Wood was produced by, in partnership with the legendary studio Hammer Films. The movie was released in the U.S. by MPI Media Group in 2011.

Fantastic Films specialise in Sci Fi and Horror.