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Kieran Galvin
b. May 5, 1966, Cork, Ireland.

BIOGRAPHY:   Kieran Galvin grew up in Ireland. He lived for extended periods in London and New Zealand before he settled permanently in Australia in 1992. He has traveled widely. France and Thailand rate highly with him.

A self-taught writer and filmmaker, he is a late starter - making his first self-funded short film The Burning Boy (12 mins) in 2000. It went on to screen at over 40 film festivals. Four years and several shorts later, Kieran directed his debut feature Puppy (2005, 92 mins). Independently financed, the film went into production without market attachments but secured a world sales agent and domestic release upon completion.

Kieran says he is full of the same contradictions we all live with as human beings: "I'm a minimalist but I'm a capitalist. I'm an atheist but I'm spiritual. I'm against war but I understand the need for violence. I want to change the world but I was 37 when I first voted in an election."

 


 
 
Burning Boy

CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   Coming from a writing background, Kieran is first and foremost a storyteller. He is fascinated by intelligent outsiders and his films often explore complex characters in unusual circumstances. In Puppy, a delusional man rescues a young woman from killing herself only to hold her captive at his remote property. A strange romantic relationship develops between the man and his resourceful captive.

Kieran also explores sexuality in his films. This is especially evident in The Burning Boy, Bad Ass Mono-Winged Angel (2000, 11 mins) and Contact (2002, 17 mins), films which are primarily concerned with gay or bisexual men.

Thematically Kieran says he finds himself constantly revisiting 'love, loss and longing' and the inevitable imbalance in love relationships.

Kieran's approach to filmmaking tends towards the classical, preferring film as a medium, and visual composition over movement and Gattling-gun editing. "I like to let things happen within the frame so there is a natural rhythm in the way the actors are working off each other".


FILMOGRAPHY:

 
 
Bad Ass Mono-Winged Angel

The Burning Boy (2000, 12 mins, 16mm, drama)

Bad Ass Mono-Winged Angel (2000, 11 mins, 16mm, drama)

Contact (2002, 17 mins, 16mm, drama)

Other People (2002, 18 mins, 16mm, drama)

Puppy (2005, 92 mins, 35mm, drama)


FILMOGRAPHY (AS WRITER)

All the above films, plus:

Feed (2005, 100 mins, HD, drama)
directed by Brett Leonard


 
 
Other People

AWARDS:

Other People
Nominated Best Film, Best Score, Best Actor - Queensland Filmmakers' Awards 2002
Nominated Best of Fest Dahlonega International Film Festival USA 2002
Best Short Film. Independents' Film Festival, Tampa, Florida, USA 2003
Short Film Winner. Key West Indie Fest, USA 2003
Best Cinematography. Alternative Film Festival, Italy 2003

Contact
Panavision Award. Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival 2003
Highly Commended, Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2003

Bad Ass Mono-Winged Angel
Nominated. Best short film Dendy Awards Sydney Film Festival 2001
Jury Commendation. Alternative Film Festival - Italy 2001

The Burning Boy
Best Film. Open Category Queensland Filmmakers' Awards 2001


 
 
Puppy

FESTIVALS:

Puppy
Official Selection
Newport Beach Film Festival USA 2005
Brisbane International Film Festival 2005
St Tropez Film Festival France 2005
London Australian Film Festival UK 2006
Australian Film Festival Toronto Canada 2006
South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival USA 2006
Philadelphia Film Festival USA 2006
Singapore International Film Festival 2006
Malibu International Film Festival USA 2006

 
 
Puppy

Other People
Official Selection
Queensland Filmmakers' Awards 2002
Dahlonega International Film Festival, USA 2002
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, USA 2002
Cincinnati International Film Festival, USA 2002
Corto Imola, Italy 2002
Chilean International Festival of Short Films 2002
Empire State Film Festival, New York, USA 2002
Commonwealth Film Festival, UK 2002
Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil 2002
Avanca Film Festival, Portugal 2003
Canberra Short Film Festival, Australia 2003
La Manica Tagliata, Italy 2003
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Australia 2003
Brisbane International Film Festival, Australia 2003
Independents' Film Festival, Tampa, Florida, USA 2003
Key West Indie Fest, USA 2003
Alternative Film Festival, Italy 2003

 
 
Contact

Contact
Official Selection
St Louis International Film Festival, USA 2002
Naples International Film Festival, Italy 2002
Cork International Film Festival, Ireland 2002
Raindance Film Festival, London, UK 2002
Chilean International Festival of Short Films 2002
Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Spain 2002
St Kilda Film Festival 2002
Commonwealth Film Festival, UK 2002
Verzaubert - Berlin, Munich, Germany 2002
Los Angeles Short Film Awards, USA 2002
Milan International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy 2002
Chicago International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, USA 2002
Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, USA 2002
Lisbon International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Portugal 2002
Canberra Short Film Festival 2002
Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2003
La Manica Tagliata, Italy, 2003
Turku Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Finland 2003
Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2003
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2003
BFI London Film Festival, UK 2003
Brisbane Queer Film Festival, 2003
Red Carpet, Sydney, 2003
Out Takes, New Zealand, 2003
Inside Out, Toronto, Canada 2003
OutFest, Los Angeles, USA 2003
Sydney Film Festival 2003
14th São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil 2003

 
 
Bad Ass M-W A

Bad Ass Mono-Winged Angel
Nomination
Dendy Awards Sydney Film Festival 2001

Official Selection
Brisbane International Film Festival 2001
Dublin Film Festival, Ireland 2001
Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2001
Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival 2001
St Kilda Film Festival 2001
Verzaubert - Berlin, Hamburg, Germany, 2001
Alternative Film Festival, Italy 2001
Dahlonega International Film Festival, USA 2002
Independents' Film Festival, Tampa, Florida, USA 2002
Canberra Short Film Festival 2002
Chilean International festival of Short Films 2002
La Manica Tagliata, Italy 2003

The Burning Boy
Finalist
Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival 2001

 
 
The Burning Boy

Official Selection
Brisbane International Film Festival 2001
Cork Film Festival, Ireland 2001
The New Festival - New York, USA 2001
Inside Out - Toronto, Canada 2001
Outfest - Los Angeles, USA 2001
Out Takes - New Zealand 2001
Turin Internationa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy 2001
Madrid L&G Film Festival, Spain 2001
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2001
Dallas G&L Film Festival, USA 2001
Austin Intl. G&L Film Festival, USA 2001
Fort Worth G&L Film Festival, USA 2001
Making Scenes - Ottawa, Canada 2001
Peabody Fest. - Portland, USA 2001
Byron Bay Film Fest 2001
Image Nation - Montreal, Canada 2001
Badajoz and Valladolid, Spain 2001
Washington Intl. G&L Film Festival, USA 2001
Copenhagen G&L Film Festival, Denmark 2001
Bern, Switzerland 2002
BFI London Film Festival, UK 2002
Curzon, Soho, London, UK 2002
Turko, Finalnd 2002
La Manica Tagliata, Italy 2003


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

"Puppy Love" by Rachael Turk, Inside Film, Issue No. 80, September 2005.


Kieran Galvin, March 2006
  go to Puppy website

Personal website: www.kierangalvin.com

Company website: www.allatonce.com.au

Puppy (film website): www.puppythemovie.com

Feed (film website): www.feedmovie.com

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