John Michael McDonagh
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|John Michael McDonagh|
John Michael McDonagh on set, The Guard (2010)
|Born||Elephant and Castle, London, England|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film director|
John Michael McDonagh is an English-born film director and screenwriter of Irish descent. He wrote and directed The Guard and Calvary. His brother is the playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh.
McDonagh made his first foray into writing and directing with The Second Death, a short film released in 2000. Next McDonagh adapted Robert Drewe's 1991 novel Our Sunshine into the screenplay for the 2003 film Ned Kelly, which was directed by Gregor Jordan.
McDonagh gained considerable attention in 2011, with the theatrical release of his feature film directorial debut The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. The film received critical acclaim, with a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and went on to become the most financially successful independent Irish film of all time.
McDonagh is currently developing several projects to follow Calvary. One is War on Everyone, a higher-budget film about two corrupt policemen in the Deep South. Another is The Bonnot Gang, a period gangster film based on the true story of a group of French anarchist bank robbers who operated before World War I. McDonagh has described this film as "a cross between The Wild Bunch and Le Samourai." McDonagh is also developing Chaos Inc, a television series about a Buddhist private investigator based in Las Vegas.
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- IMDb Bio of John Michael McDonagh
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- Tartaglione, Nancy (9 February 2012). "Protagonist To Proffer John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary': Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- Lyttleton, Oliver (21 October 2011). "'The Guard' Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh Reteaming With Brendan Gleeson For Drama 'Calvary'". The Playlist. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
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