Brendan Foley is a screenwriter, director, producer and best-selling author.
His FEATURE FILMS include multi-award winning action drama Johnny Was (Sony/First Look), thriller The Riddle (Image Entertainment / Mail on Sunday) with 2.6 million DVDs, and TV movie satire Legend of the Bog (Lionsgate). They starred Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Roger Daltrey and many others.
In TV DRAMA, Brendan is currently developing a new TV detective series for BBC TV, Farmoor and Northern Ireland Screen as well as Tunnel Kings, a mini-series on WWII POW ‘escape-artists’ with CBC and Dream Street, Canada. He is also working with China’s biggest TV producer, Croton Media, on a new international English-language action-fantasy series based on Chinese mythology. He recently completed the pilot script for SOS, a new eco-thriller series by Finnish producers Luminoir, and Kvenland, a riotous look at the dark ages in the frozen north. Previously he wrote the pilot for drama Dr Feelgood for Monday TV, Denmark.
In ANIMATION, he was co-creator of hit children’s environmental animated series Shelldon (NBC/DreamWorks Classics) and the Asian series Byrdland (GMM Grammy/ Shellhut), which both ran for multiple seasons in more than 100 countries.
In BOOKS, Brendan is author of WWII Great Escape best-seller Under the Wire (Random House/St Martin’s Press), which reached Number One on the Amazon UK history, biography and WWII charts. His most recent book, Archerfield, (Caledonian) is an epic covering 16,000 years of people, action, history and drama in one square mile of Scotland.
His past work has been backed by Northern Irish Screen (UK home of Game of Thrones), Irish Film Board, Danish Film Institute, Creative Europe and BLS Film Fund Italy.
Brendan also produces under the banner of The Proper Picture Company, alongside international producers Gavin James and Ned Dowd. Their past movies as individuals – with credits ranging from Producer to EP, writer, director and First AD include: Johnny Was, Apocalypto, The Riddle, Last of the Mohicans, King Arthur, Alexander and Hoffa.
Check out Brendan’s short showreel below, featuring his work with Roger Daltrey, Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and others.
Prior to working in film and books, Brendan was an award-winning features journalist covering business, the environment and conflict in 77 countries world-wide. He also ran his own print and video consultancy which won the PR Week Award, three times for international clients including Texaco, Hawker-Siddeley and Coca-Cola. He recently wrote a docudrama on Indian conglomerate Tata Steel for Mumbai’s Haifilm.
Brendan is an Honorary Life Member of the National Union of Journalists, A Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Internal Communications, and a proud member of the Writers Guild for whom he was a presenter at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards. He is represented internationally by Robert Kirby of United Agents, a recent UK Agent of the Year and in China by Vincent Fischer of Eastward Entertainment.
Below – an introduction to Brendan’s producing colleagues at The Proper Picture Company.