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I’m a documentary film maker based in Dublin.


I've made acclaimed films for Netflix, BBC, NBC, Channel 4, ITV, RTÉ, TV3, NDR, Virgin Media Television, Al-Jazeera and TG4. My  work has won four Irish Film & Television Awards, the Celtic Media Award, the Radharc Prize, the EBU Connect Award and the Grand Prix at FIPADOC.

My debut feature documentary as a director, North Circular, had its International Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2022 and won eighht awards in total including prizes at Dublin IFF, Louth IFF and IndieCork Film Festival as well as winning the Grand Prix at France's leading documentary festival, FIPADOC in Biarritz, to Sound On Screen Award at Thin Line in Denton, Texas and the American Cinematographer Award at Salem Film Fest.


North Circular is still screening in Irish cinemas nine months after its intial release. It was nominated for the George Morrison Best Feature Documentary in the 2023 IrIsh Film & Televison Awards (IFTAs)


It has had many sold-out screenings and excellent reviews - the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw awarded it four stars and said "resonant, vivid and beautifully shot, pregnant with images and ideas, a film made with real artistry."


You can view some of my work here. I also direct drama and commercials. You can view my full CV/Resumé here. I write an occasional blog here.

You can find me at lukemcmanus at gmail dot com, on Twitter at @lukemcmanus and on Instagram at @lukemcmanusirl or on +353 87 2886764.

The image of me above was taken by the French photographer Marcelline Roulleau. The image below by Conor Tobin.

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