March 18, 2016
By Maisie Loh
Sydney, Australia – Filmgraphics, a Sydney production company, have signed John O’Hagan and Lorcan Finnegan, both directors from Dublin, with roots in comedy. Hagan and Lorcan have been behind award-winning works for global clients including Mercedes, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Budweiser, Heineken, Renault and Lucozade.
After completing a BA in graphic design in Dublin, Finnegan moved to London to work for Charlie Brooker’s comedy production company Zeppotron as a motion designer, editor and later as a director. In 2004, he moved back to Dublin to set up his studio under the name Lovely Productions.
Since then, Finnegan has written and directed several short films, TV commercials and music videos and his latest short film for the Irish Film Board, FOXES, premiered at the SXSW and won an IFTA for Best Short Film as well as screening at Tribeca and many international festivals. He has finished post on WITHOUT NAME his first feature film and is currently collaborating with writer Garret Shanley on sci-fi feature VIVARIUM with Film4 and the IFB.
O’Hagan was also raised in Dublin before attending Brown University and New York University. His first short film, FIVE SPOT JEWEL, won several best short film festivals and his first feature-length documentary, WONDERLAND, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win several Best Documentary awards. He began directing commercials through Hungry Man New York. His debut, ‘Arctic Ground Squirrel’ for Dial-A-Mattress, earned him a Cannes Gold Lion and a Gold CLIO. A visual-comedy director, he is well known for his award-winning Super Bowl commercial ‘Cat Herders’ for EDS. His work is best known for both humour and strong visual storytelling.
Says Filmgraphics Executive Producer Anna Fawcett: “We are truly delighted to bolster our ranks with the likes of these talented directors whose repertoire of international achievements is sure to impress. May the road rise to meet all who welcome them to Australian shores.”