Alan Gilsenan

Alan Gilsenan

Director, Writer


Alan Gilsenan is an Irish director, writer, and actor, best known for his work on films such as ‘The Magdalene Sisters’, ‘The Daisy Chain’, ‘The Book of Eve’, ‘The Ambassador’, and ‘The Price of Desire’.

Gilsenan was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1955. He studied at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1977 with a degree in English and Philosophy. He then went on to study drama and directing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, graduating in 1979.

Gilsenan’s career began in 1981, when he directed his first feature film, ‘The Magdalene Sisters’, which went on to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. He then went on to write and direct ‘The Daisy Chain’, which was nominated for a BAFTA and won the IFTA Award for Best Film.

Throughout his career, Gilsenan has worked in a variety of genres, from drama to comedy, to horror and science fiction. He is perhaps best known for ‘The Book of Eve’, which won him the Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival, and ‘The Ambassador’, which won him a Irish Film and Television Award for Best Director.

In addition to his work as a director, Gilsenan also acted in several films, including ‘The General’, ‘My Left Foot’, and ‘In the Name of the Father’.

Gilsenan’s most recent work is the drama ‘The Price of Desire’, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. The film has been praised for its beautiful cinematography and excellent performances.

Gilsenan has won numerous awards for his work, including two IFTA Awards and a BAFTA nomination. He has also served as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

Gilsenan’s work has been praised for its masterful storytelling and its ability to bring to life complex and compelling characters. He is a master of his craft, and his work continues to be highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

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