Date: Friday 22nd March
Venue: McCarthy's Bar
Cost: €10.00
Time: 2.00pm
Format: Pow Wow CHINWAG

Writer and Director Kirk Jones
Chair:Ros Hubbard

Kirk Jones attended Newport Film School in 1985, specialising indirecting comedy, drama and TV commercials.

After directing award winning TV Commercials in the UK, Europe and US he wrote his first feature film for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. ‘Proportionate to budget’, WAKING NED DEVINE was one of the highest grossing films in the world in 1999 and won awards throughout the US and Europe.

In 2004 he directed his second feature NANNY MCPHEE for Working Title and Universal Pictures. Starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, it was a top ten highest grossing film in the UK that year.

2010 saw the release of Kirk’s third feature film, which he wrote and directed. EVERYBODY’S FINE starred Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell and was produced by Miramax.

In 2012 Kirk directed Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick in the Romantic Comedy WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING through Lionsgate films.

In 2015 he directed the sequel to MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 produced by Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman, Paul Brooks, Nia Vardalos.

Kirk’s next project will see a second collaboration with Robert DeNiro; an original idea and screenplay, which he will direct in the summer of 2019.

Kirk is a member of The Directors Guild Of America, BAFTA and in 2013 was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is chairman of the Mark Milsome Foundation which he helped set up in memory of his friend who was a cameraman and was killed on set in Ghana in 2017. The Foundation provides two scholarships to help young people in the film industry and aims to increase the awareness of Health and Safety.

 


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