About John McIlduff

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John McIlduff is a writer, stage director and filmmaker. His work spans opera, television, film, theatre, music videos, commercials, installations and even the odd song lyric. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, John studied at L’École de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he still lives.

His Film4 feature film BEHOLD THE LAMB premiered at the Toronto International film Festival and was awarded Best Screenplay at Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Best Director at the Arras International Film Festiva John’s short films include LE POIRIER (Centre National de Cinéma Prix de Qualité), A L’ARRIÈRE  (Prix de la mis en scène au Festival du Film d’aventures de Valenciennes) and MOTION SICKNESS (Audience Award for Best Irish Short – Cork Film Festival, Best Dance Film at Fastnet Film Festival, winner of the POOL Dance Film Festival, Berlin) They have screened at festivals around the world and been appeared on ARTE (France), RTE and BBC.

“A triumph of grungy production design… impudent, poetic… marks tyro helmer-writer John McIlduff as a talent to watch.”


John both writes and directs for the stage. Works includes an adaption of Dostoevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and the operas POSTCARDS FROM DUMBWORLD (nominated for Best Opera – Irish Times Theatre Awards), THE OLDEST WOMAN IN LIMERICK (Limerick City of Culture commission) and SHELTER ME FROM THE RAIN (Allianz Business to Arts Award) and was co-awarded the ARTISTS TAKING THE LEAD commission for Northern Ireland as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad for the sonic installation NEST.

 “NEST is innovative, moving, surprising, stirring… In fact it is epic (and I don’t use this word lightly), in both scale and inspiration.”

Opera Magazine

John is also producer with Dumbworld’s media arm Dumbworld Productions and has developed projects including the multi award winning documentary THE BOOKSELLER OF BELFAST which screened on BBC, ARTE (France) and RTS (Switzerland) (Best Film and the Audience Award at the Florence International Film Festival, Audience Award at Les Escales Documentaires, La Rochelle) and the animation PETER, LILY AND THE NOSE (Audience Award – Sola Nua Festival). He also produced the interactive website www.nest-100.com for the BBC’s Arts platform The Space which was awarded the prestigious FWA Site of the Day.