Adrian McCarthy

Adrian McCarthy

Producer

Other Roles: Independent Filmmaker

Areas of Focus: Documentaries

Organization: Curious Dog Films

Website: https://curiousdogfilms.com/

Biography

 
 

Adrian is the owner of Curious Dog Films in Dublin, Ireland and has been making documentaries since the late 1990’s. He was previously the co-owner of Wildfire Films. Adrian’s work covers a broad range of subjects across the arts, sport, politics, comedy, social issues, mental health and the ups and downs of life. He is currently in development with feature documentary Born That Way which is written and directed by Éamon Little. Adrian is producing this special project with Éamon, Aideen Kane and Chris Little. The film has recieved development funding from Screen Ireland and we are looking forward to collaborating with Filmmakers Collaborative over the coming months.

Adrian McCarthy is the owner of Curious Dog Films which was established in late 2019. He has been making documentaries since the late 1990’s and was previously the co-owner of Wildfire Films. A multi-award winning producer/director, he has made many hours of television and feature doc’s for national and international broadcasters and funders like RTE, Screen Ireland, BAI, TG4, Channel 4, BBC Four, Virgin Media, Setanta, ARTE Germany, YLE Finland, SBS Australia and The History Channel.

Adrian’s work covers a broad range of subjects across the arts, sport, politics, music, comedy, social issues, mental health and the ups and downs of life.

Adrian McCarthy is the owner of Curious Dog Films which was established in late 2019. He has been making documentaries since the late 1990’s and was previously the co-owner of Wildfire Films. A multi-award winning producer/director, he has made many hours of television and feature doc’s for national and international broadcasters and funders like RTE, Screen Ireland, BAI, TG4, Channel 4, BBC Four, Virgin Media, Setanta, ARTE Germany, YLE Finland, SBS Australia and The History Channel.

 

Adrian’s work covers a broad range of subjects across the arts, sport, politics, music, comedy, social issues, mental health and the ups and downs of life.

 

Adrian McCarthy is the owner of Curious Dog Films which was established in late 2019. He has been making documentaries since the late 1990’s and was previously the co-owner of Wildfire Films. A multi-award winning producer/director, he has made many hours of television and feature doc’s for national and international broadcasters and funders like RTE, Screen Ireland, BAI, TG4, Channel 4, BBC Four, Virgin Media, Setanta, ARTE Germany, YLE Finland, SBS Australia and The History Channel.

Adrian’s work covers a broad range of subjects across the arts, sport, politics, music, comedy, social issues, mental health and the ups and downs of life.

 
 

 

 

 

 

Films

Born That Way (2023)

Role: Producer

Patrick Lydon is a rare bird. A ‘social artist’, his raw materials are human relations. He is a man of vision, intelligence, principle, discipline, huge energy, passion, courage, humour and, most obvious of all, he’s bursting with love for his fellow man, especially the more vulnerable amongst us. An idealistic intellectual growing up in a high-achieving family in Boston in the 1960s and fuelled by rock ‘n roll, he was destined for a career in rock journalism. By 19 he had reported for the New York Times on The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park and on Woodstock. But a deeper disenchantment with American culture, and then a call to arms in Vietnam, took him instead to Ireland, where his discovery of the Camphill Movement, and with it the love of Gladys Kinghorn, changed his destiny, gave him his vocation and made him the legend he became.

Camphill saw people with and without disability as of equal spiritual integrity, equal in respect and citizenship. They lived a radical form of community life-sharing, guided by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, with particular emphasis on the potential, education, integration and integrity of all, regardless of ability. Their communities were based in largely self- sustaining, organic farms and gardens. Nobody was paid. People coming to live there found their lives enriched. ‘Cared for’, ‘carers’ and ‘service provision’ were alien concepts. All contributed according to ability. Many people spent their entire lives in Camphill communities. In the fifty years since Patrick met Gladys in Camphill, they have been at the heart of that movement in Ireland, in the establishment of over eighteen residential communities and social initiatives, including a concert hall, a café, a biogas energy plant, social farming & gardening, social housing and town planning initiatives, an impending inclusive neighbourhood and an arts centre, KCAT, in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, now a busy international hub of creative endeavour. In 2021, just as Patrick is collaborating with his friend, the filmmaker Éamon Little, on a work to mark Camphill’s fifty years in the Republic of Ireland, he is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Born That Way documents Patrick’s final year, in which he looks back on a fascinating life, lays the ground for posthumous, ‘green-shoot’ projects and prepares for death. It will be an unflinching journey to the end of an exemplary life, probing ‘otherness’ in our society and asking searching questions about the future we want to create.

Born That Way (2023)

Role: Producer

A cinematic chronicle of the life of ‘social artist’ Patrick Lydon. His raw materials were human relations. A man of extraordinary vision, energy, intelligence, principle, passion, courage, humour and effectiveness and, most obvious of all, he was bursting with love for his fellow man, especially the more vulnerable amongst us. At its centre this documentary film is the beautiful love story of a heroic couple, Patrick and his wife Gladys, and the unique community around them.

It also charters the story of Camphill, the worldwide social movement, since its inception in 1940, and particularly its presence in Ireland since the early 1970s, through the Lydons’ experience at its epicentre – what Camphill stands for and what it can possibly teach us for the future.
A fascinating lens on concepts such as ability & disability, inclusion, diversity, community, and notions of personal success.