Hugh is a highly respected, prolific writer for film, TV and theatre. He is a graduate of D.I.T (B.Sc. Communications: Film and Broadcasting) and The Huston School of Film (M.A. in Screenwriting). He received a scholarship to The Professional Programme in Screenwriting at UCLA and has been Screenwriter in Residence at Maynooth University and University College Cork.
Film & TV
Hugh wrote the screenplay for Dutch comedy-drama feature The Matchmaker produced by Lemming Films in The Netherlands. Other screen credits include Trial of the Century, a landmark drama series starring Tom Vaughan Lawlor, produced by Treasure Entertainment & Loosehorse for TV3, and numerous episodes of Red Rock a long running police procedural drama series broadcast on TV3, BBC 1 and Amazon Prime.
He is currently developing a TV series with BBC Studios and Deadpan Pictures as well as a feature length screenplay based on his award winning short film Crossword with Treasure Entertainment and Screen Ireland. His feature script Over The Bar appeared on The Brit List, a shortlist of the best un-produced scripts in the industry. His award winning short films include, Crossword, An Cosc (The Ban), Special Ed and The Big Girl.
Hugh’s critically acclaimed play LAMBO premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival and returned for a national tour. He adapted it for RTÉ Radio 1 and it won the PPI Drama Award for Best Radio Play. His previous play Clear The Air ran at Theatre Upstairs and the Electric Picnic Arts Festival. He was selected as a participant of Rough Magic SEEDS in 2012, a prestigious professional development programme for theatre which included staged readings of his plays Cardboard City and The Disappeared.
His theatre scripts have been longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, the Verity Bargate Award and the Papatango Prize. He was runner up in the 2016 Creative Europe Pop Drama Award and the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award.
TV3 / Virgin Media TV
Loosehorse Television, Treasure Entertainment
Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Denis Conway, Andrew Bennett,
‘ambitious, intelligent and provocative……. a tight, literate script, which manages to make labyrinthine matters comprehensible, and dry legal arguments entertaining. The tension is palpable; you get that tingle that something momentous is about to happen here.‘ Independent
Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit
Ariane Schluter, Slimane Dazi, Georgina Verbaan