THE GAME | The Story of Hurling

From Cú Chulainn to today... The definitive story of Ireland's unique game - the fastest field sport in the world - Hurling

 

Told by the players themselves... Henry Shefflin, Anthony Daly, DJ Carey, Brian Cody, Lee Chin, Joe Canning, Donal Og Cusack, Sean Og O hÁlpin, Donal O'Grady, Joe Connolly, Ger Loughnane, Liam Griffin and many others.

 

4 x 52min documentary series for RTE & BAI

 

Producer/Director: Gerry Nelson

 

Director of Photography: Gerry Nelson & Barry Donnellan

Editor: Greta Ohle

Executive Producer: John Murray

 

 

A Crossing the Line Films production for RTE & GAA

Wild Cities

Four Naturalists bring us on a journey to the wild side of town as we meet the creatures that have chosen to live alongside us.

 

With John Lusby - Galway; Rob Gandola - Dublin; Tara Shine - Cork; & Simon Watt - Belfast

 

4 x 52min documentary series for RTE & BAI

 

Director/Camera: Gerry Nelson

 

Director of Photography: Domenico Pontillo

Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick

Series Producer: Cepa Giblin

Executive Producer: John Murray

 

 

A Crossing the Line Films production for RTE

IFTA Winner - Best Director (Television) 2016

Get The Numbers, Write

Five adult learners take on three projects that are aimed at raising literacy and numeracy awareness and removing stigma. 

 

But each learner, all early school leavers, must confront their own negative experience of education as they deal with issues of confidence, learning difficulties and family trauma.

 

Presented by Sheana Keane.

 

3 x 52min documentary series for TV3 & BAI

 

Director/Camera/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick, Gretta Ohle

Series Producer: Niamh Maher

Executive Producer: Larry Bass

 

 

A Screentime Shinawil production for TV3
 

Connected

From the original format by Armoza, this groundbreaking documentary series comes to Ireland.

 

6 women, 6 cameras… Each is their own director; free to tell their own story; to shoot whatever they want, to explore the issues that affect their world.

 

Connected is more than a glimpse inside six very different worlds. Based on thousands of hours of footage and filmed over 10 months. Reality television has never been so real.

 

20 x 25min documentary series for RTÉ

 

Consulting Producer/Director: Gerry Nelson

 

Executive Producer: Adrian Lynch, Darren Smith

Series Producer: Ronan O'Muirthile

Producer: Jean Devlin

Producer: Cliona NiChrulaoi

 

Edit Team: Jamie Fitzpatrick, Iseult Howlett, Damien MacDonnell, Andrew Teggin, Cara Holmes.

 

 

An Animo/Kite entertainment production for RTE2

 

IFTA Winner - Constructed Reality, 2015. 

A Sporting Chance

14 early school leavers from some of Limerick's toughest neighborhoods have been selected for a unique challenge.

 

They have ten weeks to come together as a competitive Tag Rugby team to play at an international tournament. But along the way they must also take on a series of literacy and life skill challenges, as they try to overcome past experiences of education.

 

Coached by Liam Toland (Munster, Leinster) and Rosie Foley (Ireland International) and backed by Munster Rugby and Solas (formerly the VEC) the group are given an opportunity to transform their lives through education and sport.

 

But can a group that society has given up on… learn to not give up on themselves?

 

 

3 x 52min documentary series for Setanta Television & BAI

 

Director/Camera/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Sound: Enda O'Dowd

Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick

Producer: Aideen Kane & Jamie D'Alton

 

 

A Gyre & Gimble & Motive Television production

 

IFTA Nominee - Constructed Reality, 2015. 

The Irish Road to Cheltenham

Critically acclaimed observational documentary series that follows five jump jockeys throughout the 2012/2013 National Hunt season. 

 

Jockeys Davy Russell (2 times National Hunt Champion Jockey), Nina Carberry, Andrew Lynch, Andrew McNamara and Robert 'Puppy' Power give unique access to their lives and a glimpse into the physical and mental lengths they go to for their profession.

 

Staying 'sound' for the season is one challenge but all the while they search for a horse that will allow them to compete at the Cheltenham Festival - The 'Olympics' of National Hunt racing.

 

 

5 x 25min documentary series for RTÉ

 

Director/Camera/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Sound: Enda O'Dowd

Editor: Paul Giles, Jamie Fitzpatrick

Producer: Laura Ellis

 

 

An Animo Television production

The Obesity Clinc:

Last Chance for Weight Loss

An intimate and at times heart breaking series that follows a year in the life of 8 people attending the Weight Management Service at Loughlinstown Hospital. This group have tried everything to lose weight and gain control of their lives. For some, the doctors at The Obesity Clinic represent their last hope.

 

 

2 x 52min for RTÉ 

 

Director/Camera/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick

Producer: Ailbhe Maher

Executive Producer: Larry Bass

 

 

A Screentime Shinawil production.

 

Depression: Irelands last taboo

Depression is Ireland’s (and the worlds) most common mental problem, yet it is still steeped in stigma and misinformation. This documentary series takes an honest and realistic look at depression, in an effort to normalize and demystify this debilitating illness. 

 

Broadcaster Ray Darcy who is well known for his keen interest in mental health presents the series.

 

3 x 52min for TV3 & BAI 

 

Director/Camera/Writer Episode 1-2: Gerry Nelson

 

Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick

Producer: Niamh Maher

Executive Producer: Adrian Lynch

 

An Animo production.

 

IFTA Nominee - Documentary, 2013

 

 

Children in Charge: 

Irelands Young Carers

Little is know about Ireland's young carers; they are invisible in the eyes of the state. Yet everyday throughout the country young people quietly care for sick or disabled relatives, bound by bonds of love and loyalty.

 

With exceptional access to four families, this thought provoking film reveals for the first time what life is like when a child takes on the role of caring for a parent.

 

2 x 52min for RTÉ 

 

Director/Camera/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick

Producer: Ailbhe Maher

Executive Producer: Pamela Drynan


A Subotica production

 

IFTA Nominee - Documentary, 2011

 

Irish Medical Media Awards Winner - Documentary, 2011

 

 

This is me

We live in society where the is a pressure to conform is immense. Difference is frowned upon. But what if you aren’t ‘the norm’? Can you live a normal life if you have a disability? This is Me is a unique and truly inspiring observational documentary series.

 

 

Gerry filmed and directed eight documentaries across three series exploring the worlds of...

Epidermis Bullosa (EB) - ‘Touched by a Butterfly’

Deafness ‘The Hearing Aide’

Williams Syndrome - ‘Making Plans for Alan’ 

Multiple limb loss - ‘Stand up and Fight’

Epilepsy - Not Out’

Juvenile Arthritis - Growing Pain’;

Multiple Sclerosis - ‘MS and me’

Albinism - ‘The White Rose’ 

 

 

3 series of 8 x 25min documentary series for RTÉ

 

Director/Camera/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick

Producer: Niamh Maher

Executive Producer: Adrian Lynch

 

An Animo production

The Riordans:

Tea, Taboos & Tractors

It was thirty years ago when, Ireland's legendary television soap, The Riordans came to an end. Thanks to farmer bachelors and bikinis, it made rural Ireland sexy.

 

For fifteen years the nation tuned in to to follow the fortunes of a fictional farming family that delivered domestic drama, high comedy and agricultural advice. But woven within the series it's writer, Wesley Burows, broached controversial topics like contraception, poor treatment of minorities and marriage breakdown.

 

 

1hr documentary for RTÉ

 

 

Director: Gerry Nelson

 

Editor: Juangus Dinsmore

Producer: Adrian McCarhy

Executive Producer: Martha O'Neill

 

A Wildfire production

Forbidden Love

2008 saw the impending visit of a British sovereign to Ireland- the first since 1911. A perfect opportunity for this - at times humours - film to question if our interest in the British Royal family really did end with the signature of the Treaty in 1921.

 

After all these years could this former colony have secretly kept a place in our hearts for the Monarchs that once ruled us?

 

1hr documentary for RTÉ

 

Director/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Camera Philip Graham

Editor: Juangus Dinsmore

Producer: Ailbhe Maher

Executive Producer: Steve Carson

 

 

A Mint production

The Strange Case of the Irish Crown Jewels

On the eve of King Edward VII's visit to Ireland in 1907 the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen from Dublin Castle - Britain’s most impregnable Irish stronghold.

 

The theft caused uproar but far more sensational were the rumours of cover up and homosexuality in Royal Circles that led right to the King's Palace in London.

 

One hundred years on and the fate of the Irish Crown Jewels is still unknown. It seems that this true story is never meant to be told. 

 

 

1hr documentary for RTÉ

 

Director/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Camera: Ross Bartley

Editor: Oliver Fallen

Producer: John Murray

 

A Crossing the LIne production

 

IFTA Nominee - Documentary, 2003

IFTA Nominee - Editing, 2003

 

 

Irelands Own

A whimsical look at one of Irelands oldest papers. A magazine that eschews glamour, gossip and fashion and yet continues to outsell glossy rivals with figures of 50,000 copies a week... 100,000 at Christmas.

 

Entertaining readers with a curious mix of stories... 'The Great Hedge of India', 'The world's first motor accident victim' while not forgetting the octogeneraian super sleuth Miss Flanagan or the famous 'singles' pages that aide the love lorn.

 

Blightly pasing boom, bust, recession upon recession, Irelands Own remains a printing conundrum.

 

1hr documentary for RTÉ

 

 

Director/Writer: Gerry Nelson

 

Camera: Philip Graham

Editor: Stephen O'Connell

Producer: Niamh Barrett

Executive Producer: Steve Carson

 

 

A Mint production