Ken Wardrop – Special Guest Talk

Saturday March 14th, 3pm, Regal Cinema

The First Cut! Youth Film Festival special guest for 2020 is multi-award winning documentary director Ken Wardrop. Ken will give an inspiring presentation on his powerfully emotional and uniquely intimate films. Laugh, cry or shout – Ken’s films have a way of connecting and moving audiences and shining a light on human relationships like no other.

Ken is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker. He is internationally renowned for creating powerfully emotional films through his uniquely intimate style. His short and feature length films have screened at many of the worlds most prestigious festivals including Cannes and Sundance. His multi-award winning film Undressing my Mother won a prestigious European Film Academy Award and he has presented retrospectives of his work at some of the leading International Film Festivals.

His debut feature documentary His & Hers won a World Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival. It went on to become the highest grossing home produced documentary at the Irish Box Office. His sophomore film Mom & Me won the IFTA for Best Irish Documentary and received critical acclaim both at home and abroad. His most recent film Making the Grade premiered at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival and is currently streaming on Amazon. Critics called it “the ultimate feel good film of 2018”.

As part of the Antidote Production’s roster of directors Ken has also directed numerous awards winning TV advertising campaigns. These include compelling campaigns for organisations as diverse as Barnardos to Lidl that demonstrate his ability to capture humanity in compelling and accessible ways.