About Kenny

Kenny is an award winning television and film director. Work includes Bafta winning film Summer, Locarno film festival winner Yasmin and Gas Attack, winner of the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. He is currently taking part in the producers development programe run by BECTU, Screen Scotland and the BBC; and working his way through a PhD.

Previous work includes: the BAFTA and RTS winning The Cops and Buried for Tony Garnett; Gas Attack, written by Rowan Joffe for Channel 4, which won the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Courchevel Film Festival and the Best Actor Award, shared by the three lead actresses at the Cherbourg Film Festival; Summer, for Sixteen Films which won BAFTAs for Best Direction, Best Film and Best Actor Award for Robert Carlyle at the EIFF and Best Film in the Alice in the Cities section at the Rome International Film Festival; Yasmin, written by Simon Beaufoy, which won the Audience Award at Dinard and the Ecumenical Award at Locarno, and several Best Actor Awards.

Other work includes: the first two parts of Charlie, a 3 x 90 political drama for RTE, which was nominated for Best Drama at the Irish Film and Television Awards; The Ark, a single TV film for Red Planet/BBC1; Paddington, a TV film for BBC 1 about the Paddington rail crash; Magnificent 7 for BBC1, a single TV film about a family on the autism spectrum, which won the Signis Prix – Festival de Television Monte Carlo; Case Histories, Spooks, Paranoid and Being Human.

Kenny also directed the short documentary, The Right to Life, which was part of the portmanteau feature entitled The Ten Commandments, inspired by the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Theatre directing includes: A Place with the Pigs by Athol Fugard, which won a fringe first, and Joe Orton’s Loot, and several new plays, including Asylum Asylum! by Donal O’Kelly, One, Two, Hey by James Kelman and Nutcase by Colin Bateman.

Development/writing projects include the feature film Barren Land, animal and a four part series Days of Awe; TV documentary 60 Days That Shook Britain about the Bristol bus boycott; animated feature film Animal; and five part television drama Brothers and Sisters.

Before directing, Kenny was nominated in the London Theatre awards for his performance in Mike Cullen’s The Cut, at the Bush Theatre, and played the co lead in Simon Beaufoy and Billie Eltringham’s film This is Not a Love Song.