John Crowley (director)
John Crowley at Dinard (France) in October 2008
|Born||1969 (age 44–45)|
Crowley became involved in theatre as a student, seeing it as a stepping stone to directing film. He began directing plays in Dublin in the early 90s, reached London's West End by 1996 and eventually become an associate director at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2000, he directed Come and Go as part of the Beckett on Film series and made his feature debut Intermission (2003), a comedy drama set in Dublin, starring Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Kelly MacDonald, based on a screenplay by playwright Mark O'Rowe.
In May 2005 Crowley, along with Danny Boyle, launched the UK Film Council Development Fund's "25 Words or Less: Director’s Cut" scheme to develop a feature film project, stating that he wanted particularly to "create a contemporary 'rebirth' or transformation story about a man or woman who begins as someone that spreads coldness."
In 2007, Crowley reteamed with O'Rowe for the thought-provoking BAFTA-winning drama Boy A, about a young man's return to civilian life after imprisonment for a brutal childhood killing, which was made for British television but was released theatrically in the US the following year.
Additionally, Crowley was Tony nominated for the hugely successful London and Broadway runs of Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman in 2003 and 2005. He directed Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy in the West End production of Love Song in 2006-7, and in 2007 filmed a television version of Harold Pinter's Celebration starring Michael Gambon, Stephen Rea and Colin Firth. In 2009 he directed the film Is Anybody There?, set in 1980s seaside Britain, written by Peter Harness and starring Michael Caine as a grumpy ex-magician. In 2010, Crowley teamed once again with McDonagh for A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway.
- A Behanding in Spokane (2010) on Broadway.
- A Steady Rain (2009) on Broadway.
- Love Song (2006–07) – Written by John Kolvenbach. New Ambassadors Theatre (West End), London. This production, which was the UK premiere, starred Neve Campbell & Cillian Murphy.
- The Pillowman (2005) – International tour.
- The Pillowman (2003–04) – Royal National Theatre.
- On An Average Day (2002) – the Comedy Theatre (West End), London. It starred Woody Harrelson & Kyle MacLachlan.
- Tales from Hollywood (2001) – Donmar Warehouse, London.
- Juno and the Paycock (2000) – Gramercy Theatre, New York.
- The Turn of the Screw (2000) – Welsh National Opera.
- Juno and the Paycock (1999)- Donmar Warehouse, London.
- Macbeth (1999) – UK tour.
- Into the Woods (1998–99) – Donmar Warehouse, London.
- How I Learned to Drive (1998) at the Donmar Warehouse, London (UK premiere).
- An Irish Trilogy, aka Shadows (1998–99) – Royal Shakespeare Company.
- The Maids (1997) – UK tour.
- Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards (1996) – Royal National Theatre.
- Double Helix (1996) – Dublin Theatre Festival/ Peacock Theatre, Dublin.
- Six Characters in Search of an Author (1995) – Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
- The Crucible (1995) – Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
- True Lines (1994) – Dublin Theatre Festival/ Bush Theatre, London
- One for the Road (1994) – Gate Theatre, Dublin.
- The Master Builder (1993–94) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh/ Riverside Studios, London. Co-directed with Brian Cox.
- The Match Seller Girl – Theatre Project Tokyo, Japan.
- Asylum! Asylum! – Peacock Theatre, Dublin.
- John Hughdy-Tom John – Druid Theatre Company.
- Phaedra for the Gate Theatre, Dublin.
Filmography (film and television)
- Closed Circuit (2013)
- Is Anybody There? (2009)
- Boy A (2007)
- Celebration (2007) – Televised version of the Harold Pinter play.
- Intermission (2003)
- Come and Go (2000) – As part of "Beckett on Film".
- As film director
- For Intermission (2003)
- 2004 – Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards (Won)
- 2003 – Audience award Best First Feature film at the Galway Film Fleadh (Won)
- 2003 – IFTA Award (first) for Best Irish Director and Best Film (Won)
- http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/directorinterviews/2009/04/john-crowley-is-anybody-there.php Filmmaker Magazine April 2009 interview with John Crowley