PRODUCER - KATIE HOLLY: BIOGRAPHY
Katie Holly is a graduate of Trinity College (BA English and History), and University College Dublin (MA Film Studies). She joined Treasure Entertainment in 2001 and has since worked as production co-ordinator on Ape (dir: Rory Bresnihan), and Production Executive on Man About Dog (dir: Paddy Breathnach; scr: Pearse Elliott; prod: Robert Walpole, Simon Channing Williams)which stars Allen Leech, Sean McGinley, Pat Shortt and Fionnula Flanagan and was released by Buena Vista in Autumn 2004. She also had special responsibility for music supervision for the film, which went on to take over €2.1 million at the Irish Box Office. She also acted as Associate Producer on The Mighty Celt which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival starring Robert Carlyle and Gillian Anderson, and on Shrooms, which was directed by Paddy Breathnach and was sold world-wide by Capitol Films.
As Head of Development Katie was involved in the development of a slate of drama projects for Treasure Entertainment across the feature film and television departments. She was responsible for researching new ideas, writing treatments, exploration of rights, script reading and meeting new talent.
Following her departure from Treasure Katie acted as co-producer on a 4 part comedy drama series called The Running Mate with Rebecca O’Flanagan for TG4 which was funded by TG4, BCI Sound&Vision and the Irish Film Board. The series which is produced by Rubicon Films shot on location in Co. Kerry in late October 2006, starred Denis Conway and Don Wycherley and won an IFTA for Best Drama Serial in 2007.
Katie has previously produced a number of short films, including IFB Short Cuts ‘The Basket Case’ which won Best Short at the Boston Irish Film Festival, and ‘Lowland Fell’ which received a Special Jury Mention at the Seattle Film Festival. She is a graduate of the producer training programme EAVE 2005 and also completed Screen Training Ireland’s Development Executive Traineeship, which runs over an eight month period and resulted in Certification from UCLA on completion.
Katie joined BLINDER FILMS in early 2006 as Producer and Head of Development. Blinder Films was established to develop and produce quality drama from new and established Irish talent. The company currently has a number of feature and television projects in various stages of development, and is the recipient of the Irish Film Boards Multiple Project Development (slate) funding scheme. Blinder are also working on a number of documentary projects, the first of which, STRIAPACHA, which is a three part series examining the history of prostitution in Ireland premiered on TG4 in May 2008, directed by BAFTA award nominee Virginia Gilbert.
In 2008, Katie produced the RTE/IFB Short Cut Lowland Fell which was written and directed by Michael Kinirons, and premiered in Galway in July 2008. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle Film Festival in May 2009 and has recently screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Message to Man Festival in Russia, Foyle Film Festival and Brief Encounters in Bristol.
Following this Katie produced her first feature film, One Hundred Mornings, which was made under the Catalyst scheme and premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2009. Directed by Conor Horgan the film stars Ciaran McMenamin, Alex Reid, Rory Keenan and Kelly Campbell, and premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2009.
In late 2008/early 2009 Katie produced Psych Ward, a webseries for the RTE project Storyland and executive produced The Savage Eye, a half hour comedy pilot for RTE’s Project Haha series. The Savage Eye was developed into a six part series which was aired on RTE in December 2009 ro great critical acclaim and public reaction
Katie is currently in post production on her second feature, SENSATION, which is directed by Tom Hall starring Domhnall Gleeson and which she produced alongside Kieron J. Walsh.
Both One Hundred Mornings and The Savage Eye have recently been nominated for an IFTA and One Hundred Mornings has also recently been honoured with The Special Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
TITLE Production Company Director Position
MUFFLES IN THE CUBBYUCD Michael Kinirons Production
MAGGIE MURPHY UCD Andrea Hoff 1st AD /
APE Treasure Films Rory Bresnihan Production
(26’ model animation) co-ordinator
PADRAIG AGUS NADIA Shine On Films Kester Dyer Producer
Winner, best first short, Galway Film Fleadh
CALL GIRL Duboce Productions Kester Dyer Producer
Commendation, 4th Kerry Film Festival
MAN ABOUT DOG Treasure Ent. Paddy Breathnach Production
(feature) / Potboiler Executive
THE MIGHTY CELT Treasure Ent. Pearse Elliott Associate
THE RUNNING MATE Rubicon Films Declan Recks Co-Producer
(4 x 52’ drama)
SHROOMS Treasure Ent. Paddy Breathnach Associate Producer
THE BASKET CASE Blinder Films Owen O’Neill Producer
* Best Narrative Short – Boston Irish Film Festival 2008
*Best International Short – Fantaspoa Film Festival, Brazil 2009
STRIAPACHA Blinder Films Virginia Gilbert Producer
(3 x 40’ doc)
LOWLAND FELL Blinder Films Michael Kinirons Producer
*Special Jury Award – Seattle International Film Festival 2009
*Best Cinematography – Novara Film Festival 2009
THE SAVAGE EYE Blinder Films Kieron J. Walsh Executive Producer
(1 x 26’ pilot for RTE)
ONE HUNDRED Blinder Films Conor Horgan Producer
*Special Jury Mention – Slamdance Film Festival 2010
*Best Cinematography – Irish, Film and Television Award Nomination 2010
PSYCH WARD Blinder Films/Madhouse Luke McManus Producer
(7’ pilot episode web drama)
SENSATION (feature) Blinder Films Tom Hall Producer
THE SAVAGE EYE Childcatcher Productions Kieron J. Walsh Producer
(6 x 26’ pilot for RTE) Damien O’Donnell
* Best Entertainment Series - Irish Film and Television Award Nomination 2010