JOHN MICHAEL McDONAGH (Writer/Director) was born and brought
up in Elephant & Castle, South London, by Irish parents, his mother a native of
County Sligo and his father being originally from County Galway, the setting for
John and his younger brother, playwright-screenwriter-director Martin
McDonagh were educated in England, but made frequent visits to Ireland to visit
their family. He left Salesian College, Battersea, at the age of 16.
In 2000, he
wrote, produced and directed his first film, the 11-minute short The Second
Death, which starred Liam Cunningham and also featured THE GUARD's Gary Lydon
and David Wilmot and producers Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez-Marengo. Three
years later, his screenplay for Gregor Jordan's film Ned Kelly, starring Heath
Ledger as the legendary Australian outlaw, with Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and
Naomi Watts, won him award nominations from the Australian Film Institute and
the Film Critics' Circle of Australia.
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