Born in Dublin, he studied at the London Film School. His documentary and feature films have been broadcast in cinemas and on television. His work on the Lawrence Collection of photographs and his discovery of the anonymous photographer Robert French revealed one of the great, unknown figures of early photography. His films include Faithful Departed (1969); A Child's Voice (1977); Exposure (1978); Criminal Conversation (1980); Attracta (1983); Short Story - Irish Cinema 1945-1958 (1986); The Rockingham Shoot (1987). His films won several awards: Faithful Departed won the Council of Europe award; A Child's Voice won the Chicago Film Festival Award (1978), Exposure won an Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon Film Script Award (1978); while Criminal Conversation won the American Film Institute selection in 1981. His film, Attracta, won the drama prize at the Celtic Film Festival, Glasgow (1983). He won first prize at Melbourne Film Festival; and won awards at Locarno and Alghero Festivals. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1969.
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