- 66 DAYS WORLD PREMIERE AT HOTDOCS 2016 -

66 Days


Director/Producer – Brendan J Byrne

Brendan is an experienced filmmaker, specialising in documentary andfeature films. He was been making high end documentaries for UK and Irishbroadcasters for over 20 years, including his Royal Television Society winningdocumentary BREAKING THE SILENCE about families coping in the aftermathof suicide, and MEN OF ARLINGTON which won the Critics Choice award atthe Dublin International Film Festival in 2011 (Producer). His first featurefilm as a Producer JUMP was selected for the prestigious Toronto InternationalFilm Festival in 2012. At HotDocs 2015, Brendan and hiscolleague Trevor Birney won the BEST PITCH prize for upcomingfeature-documentary MERCURY 13, about America's first female space pioneers.

In a career spanning 25 years, Brendan ran production company HotshotFilms between 1992 and 2013 before joining Fine Point Films as CreativeDirector in 2014. Other significant credits include: Being James Galway BBC 4 (2015), Imagining Ulster BBC 1 (2015), An Independent People BBC 1 (2014) Bomb Squad Men, The Long WalkBBC 1 (2012), Ballybrando RTE 2009 and Breakout BBC 1 (2008).


Producer - Trevor Birney

Award-winning producer / director Trevor Birney has a strong track record as a producer of quality documentaries and series for Irish, UK and international broadcasters. He is a co-producer on the Oscar shortlisted, Alex Gibney feature-documentary, ‘MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD’, for which he received an Irish Film & Television Award in February, 2013.Trevor founded Fine Point Films to build on that success by focusing on further international collaborations.

In 2006, Trevor founded Belfast-based production company Below The Radar where he produced a range of English and Irish language programming, from award-winning political biographies to landmark history series to live, weekly magazine shows. Prior to that, he was editor of current affairs at Ulster Television where, in a career spanning two decades, he won a Justice Media Award, two Royal Television Society awards, was nominated for three others and was named NI Broadcaster of the Year in 2002. In 2015, along with colleague Brendan Byrne, Trevor won the Cuban Hat award at Hot Docs with Mercury 13.

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