Barry Dignam

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Barry Dignam
Born (1971-03-03) 3 March 1971 (age 44)
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation Director, writer, producer
Lecturer (IADT Dún Laoghaire)
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Hugh Walsh

Barry Dignam (born March 31, 1971) is an Irish filmmaker.[1] Some of his films are Chicken, Dream Kitchen,[2] Stages, Bounce and A Ferret Called Mickey.


Barry Dignam studied drama at Trinity College, Dublin and Film at the National Film School of Ireland (IADT). He has made a number of internationally successful shorts including Chicken, Dream Kitchen and A Ferret Called Mickey. His films have been presented in official selection at over a hundred and fifty international film festivals and have won numerous awards. He has been nominated for a Palme d'Or at Cannes and a Berlin Bear. Dignam's work has been screened by top broadcasters including Film Four, PBS, Canal+ and have been released on DVD and theatrically in both Europe and the US.

Dignam lectures in screenwriting and direction at the National Film School at IADT Dún Laoghaire.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dignam and his partner, Hugh Walsh, are one of the first couples to enter into civil partnership in Ireland, and the first to do so after the mandatory three month wait (six previous couples were granted exemptions on compassionate grounds).[4][5]


  1. ^ O'Brien, Harvey (2004-10-28). The real Ireland: the evolution of Ireland in documentary film. Manchester University Press. p. 301. ISBN 978-0-7190-6907-9. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  2. ^ McLoone, Martin (2000). Irish film: the emergence of a contemporary cinema. British Film Institute. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-85170-792-1. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Barry, Dignam". Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gay couple hail milestone wedding". Irish Independent. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "First Irish public civil partnership services". RTÉ News. Retrieved 28 January 2012.