Andrew O'Donnell

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Andrew O'Donnell
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Director of the
Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance
In office
31 October 2011 – 30 June 2019
DeputyChris Quick
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byChris Quick
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Andrew O'Donnell is a Scottish actor and was a co-founder of the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance. He served as the director of the organisation from its conception before stepping down from the role on 30 June 2019.his age is currently 42. [1] As an actor, he is possibly best known for the role of Jimmy Guinness in the film The Greyness of Autumn.[2]


From a young age, O'Donnell was keen on acting. At school he performed in a wide variety of productions and achieved Grade 8 in Musical Theatre from The London College of Music.[3] After achieving an HND award in Acting and Performance at Langside College he went on to graduate from the University of the West of Scotland with a degree in Contemporary Screen Acting.

In 2011, he made a cameo appearance in the film Perfect Sense as a night clubber. He also provided the voice for the characters of Harbour Master and the Cameraman in the Scottish feature film In Search of La Che. The following year, he landed the role of Jimmy Guinness in the film The Greyness of Autumn. O'Donnell's performance was widely praised by critics with John McArthur of Moviescramble saying "His scene was laugh out loud funny and still raises a smile when thinking about it."[4] Mark Bell of Film Threat wrote "Whether it's Jimmy the construction worker who has a mishap on the job or the awfully-wigged bartender, everyone buys into the general tone of dry and matter-of-fact delivery, even when conversing with a puppet or getting into a fight with one. It gives the entire experience a wonderful flavour."[5]

O'Donnell has also performed in theatre including a version of The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter which was produced by the Hipshot Theatre company in Ayr. In preparation for the role, O'Donnell and his co-star Chris Taylor locked themselves in solitary confinement to appreciated the situations the characters are facing in the play.[6]

Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance[edit]

O'Donnell co-founded the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance with Chris Quick in October 2011. The non-profit organisation hosts an online database with the details of film industry professionals and companies operating in and around the city of Glasgow.[7]

In 2012, the alliance was invited by Stephen Paton of Production Attic to form what would become the Glasgow Creative Network which hosts networking events for media professionals in Glasgow.

In 2014, O'Donnell and Quick wrote an open letter on behalf of the independent filmmakers of Glasgow to the director of BAFTA Scotland, Jude MacLaverty. In the letter, the pair asked the film body to consider a proposal of including three new awards at the annual ceremony aimed at low budget / independent filmmakers.[8] On 28 October, it was announced that the proposal would be placed on the agenda of the next Bafta Scotland Committee meeting in December 2014.[9][10]

Roundsquare Roastery[edit]

In September 2013, O'Donnell became the head of sales and new business for the Roundsquare Roastery coffee company in Ayr.[11]



Year Title Director Role Notes
2011 Perfect Sense David Mackenzie Night Clubber
In Search of La Che Mark D. Ferguson Cameraman / Harbour Master (Voice)
2012 The Greyness of Autumn Chris Quick Jimmy Guinness
2013 The Making of 'Tam O' Shanter – The Mornin Eftir' Chris Quick Himself Short


Year Title Director Role Company
2011 Cell A Secret Chris Taylor Justin Hipshot Theatre
2012 The Dumb Waiter Chris Taylor
Andrew O'Donnell
Gus Hipshot Theatre


  1. ^ "New chief for Glasgow film unit". Glasgow Herald Newspaper. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  2. ^ British Film Council Listing
  3. ^ Andrew O'Donnell Official Site Biography
  4. ^ Moviescamble Review of The Greyness of Autumn
  5. ^ Film Threat Review of The Greyness of Autumn Archived 6 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Andrew and Chris prepare for seven-day lock-in for their latest theatre roll". Daily Record. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  7. ^ Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance Info Column
  8. ^ "Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance Open Letter to Bafta Scotland" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance Media Release
  10. ^ "Filmmakers in awards category call". Glasgow Evening Times. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  11. ^ Roundsquare Roastery Website

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