Shane Connaughton

Screenwriter, Novelist
A successful Irish stage and TV writer, Connaughton hit his country's best-seller lists with the novel, "A Border Station". What Damon Runyon did for New York, Connaughton might well be said to have done for Redhills ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1941 in Ireland

Filmography

Writer (10)

River Queen 2005 (Movie)

Additional Material (Writer)

Tara Road 2005 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Run of the Country 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

O Mary This London 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Playboys 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Left Foot 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Every Picture Tells a Story 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Days in July 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dollar Bottom 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blackwater Lightship (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (4)

The Playboys 1992 (Movie)

Customs Officer (Actor)

The Miracle 1991 (Movie)

Rose's Father (Actor)

Four Days in July 1983 (Movie)

Brendan (Actor)

Uprising (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A successful Irish stage and TV writer, Connaughton hit his country's best-seller lists with the novel, "A Border Station". What Damon Runyon did for New York, Connaughton might well be said to have done for Redhills, Ireland, as many of his stories are set there, where Connaughton spent his childhood. He entered films with the script to the Oscar-winning short "The Dollar Bottom" (1980) and went on to collaborate with Mike Leigh on the TV-movie "Four Days in July" (1984), about couples in Northern Ireland affected by the Troubles. (The screenwriter also made his acting debut in the telefilm.) Connaughton, though, first won international attention as the co-scenarist on "My Left Foot" (1989), based on the life of writer-painter Christy Brown. While he and director Jim Sheridan only shared an Academy Award nomination for their script, actors Daniel Day-Lewis (as the adult Christy) and Brenda Fricker (as his mother) took home Oscars.

EDUCATION

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

attended in the early 1960s

Milestones

1995

Adapted own novel for the screen, "The Run of the Country"

1992

Wrote "The Playboys"; also appeared in film

1991

Acted in Neil Jordan's "The Miracle"

1989

Breakthrough screenplay, "My Left Foot", co-written with director Jim Sheridan; earned Oscar nomination

1984

Scripted and acted in Mike Leigh's "Four Days in July"

1980

First produced screenplay, the Oscar-winning short "The Dollar Bottom"

First produced play "Jenny" (Roundhouse, London)

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