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This week on FNI WrapChat is TJ O’Grady-Peyton
TJ is an Irish director and Actor who graduated from the London Film School’s graduate program in 2010. Fresh into the professional ad space, he was shortlisted for a Young Directors Award at Cannes in 2013 and 2015, later earning a Webby Award in 2016. He has directed commercials for clients such as BMW, Gatorade, Cadillac, Coke, Nespresso, Asics, Red Bull, Volkswagen, Diesel and Conde Nast, among others.
A cinephile from a young age, TJ’s love of cinema began after seeing Daniel Day Lewis filming My Left Foot outside his home as a child. In 2017, TJ co-directed a short film called WAVE with Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary. As well as directing, he played the lead role as Gasper Rubicon. Wave had it’s world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and has screened in over 40 festivals worldwide to date including Clermont-Ferrand winning a number of awards throughout its run. Wave recently won Best Short at the Irish Film and Television Awards and TJ was awarded the Discovery Award at the Dublin International Film Festival 2018. Earlier this year TJ took part in Black Factory Cinema’s film-making masterclass and workshop with Werner Herzog in the Amazon jungle. He is represented by the Ridley Scott Creative Group and Hey Wonderful for Directing, Butter in Dublin and MacFarlane Chard for Acting.
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