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Aisling Walsh (born 1958) is an Irish screenwriter and director. Her work has screened at festivals around the world and she has won several accolades, including a BAFTA TV Award for Room at the Top (2012) as well as an Irish Film and Television Award and a Canadian Screen Award for her direction of Maudie (2016). She is known for her "unflinching honest portrayals of a Catholic Irish society".{{Cite weburl=http://www.iftn.ie/production/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4284411&tpl=archnews&force=1title=Interview: Irish writer/director Aisling Walsh Shares Secrets of Filmmaking The Irish Film & Television Networkwebsite=www.iftn.ieaccess-date=2018-03-16

Early life

She was born in Dublin, Ireland to Raphael Walsh, a furniture designer and manufacturer from Navan, County Meath. In 1975, when Walsh was 16, she began studies at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin. She then continued her education at The National Film School in Beaconsfield, England, where one of her main influences was Bill Douglas, a Scottish filmmaker who tutored at the school. She later settled in London.

Career

In 1985, Walsh wrote and directed her first short film, which was titled Hostage.{{Cite weburl=http://www.iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4289649&tpl=archnews&force=1title=IFTN talks to Maudie Director Aisling Walsh The Irish Film & Television Networkwebsite=www.iftn.ieaccess-date=2018-03-16 She followed this up with her feature film directorial debut, Joyriders (1989), before transitioning into television work throughout the 1990s. Her television work in this period includes episodes of The Bill (1991–1994), Doctor Finlay (1993), Roughnecks (1995), and Trial & Retribution (1997–2002).{{Cite weburl=http://lfs.org.uk/staff/557/aisling-walsharchive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180316152657/http://lfs.org.uk/staff/557/aisling-walshurl-status=deadarchive-date=2018-03-16title=Aisling Walsh London Film Schoolwebsite=lfs.org.uklanguage=enaccess-date=2018-03-16 In 2003, Walsh wrote and directed her second feature film, Song for a Raggy Boy, which won multiple awards at international film festivals,Kildare Brings Aisling Walsh ‘In Focus’ IFTN 3-18-09 including the Best Film award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. Her third feature film, The Daisy Chain, a horror-Thriller filmthriller film, was released in 2008.
Throughout the 2000s and early 2010s, Walsh also continued to work in television, directing series and television films, such as the BAFTA TV Award-nominated Fingersmith (2005), the BBC One film Sinners (2007), The Fifth Woman—a feature-length episode of the BBC series Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh (2010)—and Room at the Top (2012), the latter of which earned her a BAFTA TV Award in 2013 for Best Mini-Series.{{Cite newsurl=https://www.irishpost.co.uk/entertainment/graham-norton-and-aisling-walsh-among-irish-bafta-winners-6555title=Graham Norton and Aisling Walsh among Irish BAFTA winners The Irish Postlast=Cumminsfirst=Stevework=The Irish Postaccess-date=2018-03-16language=en-GB
In 2014, she directed A Poet in New York, which explores how Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at the age of 39. The film was made to mark the centenary of Thomas' birth on 27 October 1914.
Her fourth feature film, the biographical film Maudie (2016), about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Walsh stated that, as someone who has studied painting herself, she was drawn to the simplicity and beauty in Lewis's work. Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics. A critic writing for The Japan Times called the film "an unabashedly intimate portrait of a remarkable woman".{{Cite newsurl=https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2018/03/06/films/aisling-walsh-paints-cinematic-ode-artist-maudie/#.Wqt0d4Ih23ctitle=Aisling Walsh paints a cinematic ode to an artist in 'Maudie' The Japan Timeswork=The Japan Timesaccess-date=2018-03-16language=en-US The film was also a New York Times Critic's Pick; in her review, Manohla Dargis criticized the film's tone and score, but commended the performances and direction.
For her work on Maudie, Walsh won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Director; the film won a total of seven awards at the 6th annual ceremony in 2018. Walsh also won the award for Best Director at the 15th annual Irish Film and Television Awards in 2018 for her direction of Maudie.

Filmography

Film

{ class="wikitable sortable"
! Year
! Title
! Notes
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1985
Hostage
Short film
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1988
Joyriders
Debut feature film
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2003
Song for a Raggy Boy
Feature film
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2004
Visions of Europe
Segment "Invisible State"
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2008
The Daisy Chain
Feature film
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2016
Maudie
Feature film

Television

{ class="wikitable sortable"
! Year
! Title
! Notes
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1991–1994
The Bill
14 episodes
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1993
Doctor Finlay
4 episodes
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1995
Roughnecks
7 episodes
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1995–1996
The Governor
2 episodes
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1997–2002
Trial & Retribution
6 episodes
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2000
Forgive and Forget
TV film
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2000
Little Bird
TV film
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2002
Sinners
TV film
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2005
Fingersmith
TV mini-series; 3 episodes
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2009
Eadar-Chluich
1 episode
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2010
Wallander
1 episode
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2012
Room at the Top
TV mini-series; 2 episodes
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2012
Loving Miss Hatto
TV film
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2014
A Poet in New York
TV film
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2015
An Inspector Calls
TV film
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2019
Elizabeth is Missing
TV film
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  • Category:1958 births
    Category:Living people
    Category:Irish film directors
    Category:Irish women film directors
    Category:Irish television directors
    Category:Best Director Genie and Canadian Screen Award winners
    Category:Alumni of IADT
     
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