Brendan O'Neill is a writer, screenwriter, producer and director. He has been making films since 2008. His first film Black Widow was shot in 48 hours in Birmingham and Madrid on zero budget. He won the A & C Black Children’s Book Pitch competition in 2009 - coming first out of hundreds of entries. He completed the Royal Court Theatre's Critical Mass playwriting scheme in 2010. In 2010 his Stickleback Production’s team won the 2 Weeks 2 Make It music video competition. In 2011 he was selected for the Screen West Midlands Regional Producer Mentoring Scheme and mentored by Rachel Robey. His most recent short Fled was shot in April '13. He crowd-funded, wrote, produced and directed - putting together an international cast and crew of 37. In 2013 he was selected for the 104 Films' Generator scheme at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2013 and then the London Screenings 2014. In 2014 he was selected for a UK team pitching at Dragon Forum – part of Krakow International Film Festival. He has put large teams together to make tiny budget, high quality 48 hour shorts on three different occasions. This culminated in winning the UK parliamentary Film The House competition 2015. He has been selected for the Creative England / Flatpack Projects Talent Modules scheme 2015, He has been widely published as a poet worldwide. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney once wrote to say he liked one of Brendan's poems. He is a full member of the WGGB and Producers' Forum.
Brendan O'Neill in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1973 Birmingham, England
What do you love about Short Stories?I like the short story format
Do you write in other forms?Screenplays, Poetry, Novel.
What distracts you from writing?Filmmaking
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Filmmaking. Aston Villa
What is your favourite book?The Third Policeman
Who are your favourite writers?Flann O'Brien, Tolkien. He went to my school for a while. and Seamus Heaney
Where is your dream location?A huge apartment in La Latina, Madrid, Spain.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Celery
Do you have any advice for new writers?Practice, practice, practice and persevere.
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