John Michael McDonagh

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John Michael McDonagh 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival

John Michael McDonagh (* 1967 in London ) is an English- born film director and screenwriter of Irish descent who became internationally known for films such as Lawless - The Story of Ned Kelly , The Guard - An Irishman Sees Black and You Are Dead On Sunday .

life and career

His father, John McDonagh, is originally from Connemara , while his mother, Mary McDonagh (nee Harte) is originally from Sligo . John Michael McDonagh's younger brother is the playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (* 1970). John Michael McDonagh grew up in Camberwell and calls himself the London Irish .

John Michael McDonagh has worked in the film business in a variety of roles since 2000, including director, screenwriter and producer. In 2000 the short film The Second Death with Liam Cunningham in the lead role was made, which McDonagh also produced himself. In 2003 he wrote the screenplay for Director Gregor Jordan for Lawless - The Story of Ned Kelly , an adventure drama starring Heath Ledger , Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush . In 2011, McDonagh directed The Guard , an internationally award-winning crime comedy starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, his first own feature film.

McDonagh's third feature film, the drama You're Dead on Sunday starring Brendan Gleeson , was nominated in six categories at the 2014 Irish Film & Television Awards. The film ultimately won three of the coveted trophies, namely for the best film, for the best screenplay and for the best leading actor.


  • 2014: Irish Film & Television Award nomination in the Best Director category for Sunday You Are Dead
  • 2014: Irish Film & Television Award for Best Screenplay for Sunday You're Dead


As a director

As a screenwriter


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ John Michael McDonagh in: The New York Times
  2. Biographical data of John Michael McDonagh in: The Lieutenant of Inishmore , by Martin McDonagh, Patrick Lonergan, A&C Black, 2009, p
  3. John Michael McDonagh in: Film Review: Special , Issues 49-54, Visual Imagination Limited, 2004, 142
  4. John Michael McDonagh in: Men and Masculinities in Irish Cinema , by Debbie Ging, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, p. 225
  5. John Michael McDonagh in: IFTA 2014
  6. Calvary in: The Irish Times