John Crowley (director)

John Crowley (born 19 August 1969) is an Irish film and theatre director.[1] He is best known for the films Brooklyn (2015) and his debut feature, Intermission (2003), for which he won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Director. He is a brother of the designer Bob Crowley.

John Crowley
John Crowley at Dinard (France) in October 2008
Born (1969-08-19) 19 August 1969
Cork, Ireland
OccupationFilm director
Spouse(s)Fiona Weir


Crowley earned a BA in English and Philosophy (1990) and an MA in Philosophy from University College Cork.[2]


Crowley became involved in theatre as a student, seeing it as a stepping stone to directing film. He began directing plays in Dublin in the early 90s, reached London's West End by 1996 and eventually become an associate director at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2000, he directed Come and Go as part of the Beckett on Film series and made his feature debut Intermission (2003), a comedy drama set in Dublin, starring Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Kelly Macdonald, based on a screenplay by playwright Mark O'Rowe.[3]

In May 2005, Crowley, along with Danny Boyle, launched the UK Film Council Development Fund's "25 Words or Less: Director’s Cut" scheme to develop a feature film project, stating that he wanted particularly to "create a contemporary 'rebirth' or transformation story about a man or woman who begins as someone that spreads coldness."[4]

In 2007, Crowley reteamed with O'Rowe for the thought-provoking BAFTA-winning drama Boy A, about a young man's return to civilian life after imprisonment for a brutal childhood killing, which was made for British television but was released theatrically in the US the following year.[3] It won him the Best Director (Fiction) award at the 2008 British Academy Television Craft Awards.[5]

Additionally, Crowley was Tony nominated for the hugely successful London and Broadway runs of Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman in 2003 and 2005. He directed Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy in the West End production of Love Song in 2006-7, and in 2007 filmed a television version of Harold Pinter's Celebration starring Michael Gambon, Stephen Rea and Colin Firth.[3] In 2009 he directed the film Is Anybody There?, set in 1980s seaside Britain, written by Peter Harness and starring Michael Caine as a grumpy ex-magician. In 2010, Crowley teamed once again with McDonagh for A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway.

On 20 July 2016, it was announced that Crowley will direct the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch for Warner Bros. and RatPac Entertainment.[6]


Filmography (film and television)


As theatre director
for The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh
As film director

2016 - Best British film (won) BAFTA for Brooklyn

For Intermission (2003)


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  4. "John Crowley Teams With Danny Boyle for New Script Initiative | The Irish Film & Television Network". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. "BAFTA Craft Awards 2008". British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
  6. "John Crowley eyed to Direct Adaptation of The Goldfinch". Variety. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  7. The Present Broadway Official Website
  8. "Schedule Results". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  9. Fleming Jr, Mike (20 July 2016). "'Brooklyn' Helmer John Crowley To Direct Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Novel 'Goldfinch'". Deadline. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. Tartaglione, Nancy (4 September 2017). "John Crowley To Direct 'Midwinter Break' For Film4, Shoebox – Venice". Deadline. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  11. "Intermission - John Crowley - 2004 The Douglas Hickox Award". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  12. "galway film fleadh 2003". Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  13. "THE IRISH FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS 2004". Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
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