Charlie McCarthy is an award-winning writer and director.
He has worked extensively in television and recently directed Jack Taylor with Iain Glen, for Telegael and ZDF. Other drama directing credits include On Home Ground, Pure Mule (IFTA Nomination for Best Director), Legend, The Clinic, Raw, Single Handed, Play Next Door and most recently Charlie, the drama based on Charlie Haughey’s life and times, an Element Pictures/Touchpaper Television production for RTE.
Charlie began his career as a Producer/Director in RTE, Ireland’s National Broadcaster. During his eight years there he worked on a wide range of programmes in all the station’s departments. He especially enjoyed his two-years on the drama series Glenroe and his year on the innovative Nighthawks where he exercised his flair for directing comedy. In that period he also directed two award-winning one-off dramas, A Song for Europe and A Mother’s Love’s a Blessing which was written by Pat McCabe.
His documentaries include Edna O’Brien, Life Stories and the multi award-winning Seamus Heaney – Out of the Marvellous which received an IFTA for Best Documentary, was a winner at the Celtic Film Festival, and won a Bronze Medal at New York Television Festival. Both documentaries were shown on BBC 4. His other arts profiles include: Being John Banville; Colum McCann – Becoming a New Yorker; Hugh Leonard – Odd Man In and All About Anna on the life of the actress Anna Manahan.
Charlie’s work for TG4 has included the multi-lingual comedies An Crisis and Crisis Eile by Antoine O Flaithearta.
Charlie has written two award-winning radio plays, Rose Earley One Morning and A Swing For Jelly. He also wrote two stage plays for Dublin Youth Theatre and was writer/director of the award-winning feature television drama Home for Christmas nominated in five categories at the Irish Film and Television Awards.
Among a number of very exciting writing projects, Charlie is currently finalising the script of a feature film, Boy Soprano, with the support of the Irish Film Board.