A native of Portarlington, Co. Laois, 36 year old Irish director Ken Wardrop is a graduate of the IADT in Dun Laoghaire.
There, together with his classmate and now producer Andrew Freedman, he made his early documentary films, including the award-winning shorts Love is Like a Butterfly and Useless Dog.
Wardrop’s graduation film Undressing my Mother, in which his mother Ethel talked about the changes to her body as she ages, won an IFTA, the 2005 European Film Academy Award, a commendation at the Sundance Film Festival and another half-dozen awards at international festivals.
The director’s first feature documentary, His & Hers, saw 70 women from the Irish midlands talk directly to camera about their relationships with men; fathers, boyfriends, husbands and sons, gradually weaving an enchanting snapshot of Irish society.
Wardrop and his producer, former classmate Andrew Freedman, formed the production company Venom Films shortly after graduation. Return To Roscoff, Wardrop’s first dramatic short about a woman’s attempt to bring closure to a failed relationship, was screened at the 2011 Dublin Film Festival.
Key Films: Useless Dog (2004), Undressing My Mother (2004), Farewell Packets of Ten (2007), His & Hers (2009).