Merlin Films is a leading independent Irish film production company which was founded in 1989. Its directors are Kieran Corrigan, one of Ireland 's leading film producers, and John Boorman, the renowned film director.
Since its inception in 1989, the Merlin Films Group has been involved in the production of numerous major feature films for international markets. The company has been producing hits for over two decades, working with significant international talent.
The General, which was directed by John Boorman and produced by Merlin Films, was released to widespread critical acclaim in 1998. Beyond Rangoon was released in 1995 and The Tailor of Panama, starring Pierce Brosnan, which was also produced by Merlin Films, was released in 2001. Merlin Films' other major releases in recent years include The Tiger's Tail (2006), In My Country (2004) and Evelyn (2002).
John Boorman, one of the world's leading film directors, is a founding member of Merlin Films. He is widely recognised as one of the great directors of his generation and has also produced a number of major feature films.
One of John's first projects as director, Point Blank (1967), a powerful interpretation of a Richard Stark novel, brought a stranger's vision to the decaying fortress of Alcatraz and the proto- hippy world of San Francisco .
After "Point Blank", John re-teamed with Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune for Hell in the Pacific (1968), which tells a fable story of two representative soldiers stranded together on an island. Returning to the UK , John made Leo the Last (1970). This film earned John a Best Director award at Cannes .
John created a cinema classic with Deliverance (1972) the odyssey of city people played by Jon Voight , Burt Reynolds , Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty as they trespass into Appalachian backwoods and discover their inner savagery. This film became a huge box office success, earning John several awards and nominations, including 3 Oscar nominations.
John's 1974 sci-fi film, Zardoz starred Sean Connery and earned John wide recognition for its innovation and futuristic theme. In 1977, John directed The Exorcist II The Heretic, the sequel to The Exorcist.
In Excalibur (1981), a long held dream project of John's was borne out. This is well-remembered as a mythical film and one of the very few "true" retellings of the Arthurian legend and tragedy. The production was based in the Republic of Ireland . The film was highly successful and received widespread critical acclaim, together with a further Oscar nomination.
Hope and Glory (1987) is his most autobiographical movie to date, a retelling of his childhood in London during The Blitz . The film proved a Box Office hit, receiving numerous Oscar , BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
John went on to direct Beyond Rangoon (1995) and The Tailor of Panama (2000), both of which explore the plight of alien characters stranded in unique worlds.
John won the Best Director Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for The General (1998), his black-and-white biopic of notorious Dublin criminal Martin Cahill .
His most recent film, The Tiger's Tail (2006), was set in contemporary Ireland and featured Brendan Gleeson and Kim Cattrell in starring roles.
John lives in Wicklow , Ireland and continues to direct. In February 2010, John was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish Film and Television Awards for his invaluable contribution to Irish film and cinema.
Kieran Corrigan is a film producer, tax consultant and accountant based in Dublin, Ireland . Kieran has been involved in numerous film, television and music projects throughout the years and has been at the helm of Merlin Films since its inception in 1989.
In 1992, Kieran co-produced The Treaty for Irish television, a successful drama surrounding the Anglo-Irish treaty negotiations in the 1920s. In 1996 he produced Angela Mooney, and in 1998 he executive produced The General, which was directed by John Boorman, and starred Jon Voight and Brendan Gleeson and received numerous awards and widespread acclaim.
Kieran's other Executive Producer credits include the critically acclaimed The General (1998), This is my Father(1998), Beautiful Mistake (2000) and Evelyn (2002), starring Pierce Brosnan, and In My Country (2004) starring Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche.
Kieran produced The Tiger's Tail in 2006 with his Merlin partner, John Boorman, and also produced Waiting for Dublin which was released in 2007.
Stardust, a film for TV which Kieran produced, was released in 2006 and recounted the horrific story of the Stardust Disaster in Dublin in 1981. This won 4 IFTA awards.
Kieran has also produced various documentaries for TV, including Bringing it all Back Home, which told the story of the influence of Irish music worldwide, and Sult featuring the music of traditional Irish musician Donal Lunny and various international guest musicians. Both television programmes coincided with the release of accompanying CDs which Kieran also produced.