writer, director, producer
The Price of Desire marks Irish director Mary McGuckian's eleventh independent auteur film, as she celebrates twenty years as a filmmaker.
Known for her collaborative approach when working with actors, past pictures include Man On The Train with Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen Jr. (2011); The Amorality Trilogy Plus One (2006-2010), four films featuring an international ensemble cast which includes Lothaire Bluteau, Donna D’Errico, Colm Feore, Rupert Graves, Ian Hart, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jordi Molla, Andie MacDowell, Bill Patterson, Amanda Plummer, Jennifer Tilly, John Sessions, and Sarah Stockbridge; and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2005) with Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, The Polish Brothers and F. Murray Abraham.
Mary’s films have been presented at festivals worldwide both in and out of competition on many occasions including Tribeca and Sundance in the US, Locarno and Venice in Europe, and Edinburgh, London and Galway in her home countries. In 2011, her only comedy garnered a Best Narrative Feature winner at the Ojai Film Festival (The Making of Plus One).
In 2009, she was the recipient of an Achievement Award from the Women's International Film and Television Awards. In 2007, she also won Best Feature Film at th San Diego Film Festival for Intervention, but takes most pride in the numerous accolades picked up by the actors who have collaborated with her.
The #EileenGrayProject has been a full time feature film research, development, restoration and production undertaking for the last four years, culminating in the creation of an entire project consisting of eight distinct elements including the dramatic feature film, The Price of Desire. More than a movie… more of a movement!
stefan von bjorn
director of photography
Stefan Von Bjorn is the man with the camera, a veteran cinematographer, camera operator and director of photography working across the spectrum of series TV, big-budget features, documentary films and independent productions, depending on the day and the project.
Working constantly in various capacities since the 1990s, his DP work begins in 1998 with Second Chances and includes MTV’s series, Now What (2001), the documentary Sexual Intelligence (2005), Man on the Train (2011), when he first worked with director McGuckian, and the hit US TV series Justified (2014). Von Bjorn has won numerous awards from his peers in recognition of his excellence both in operating a camera and the art of cinematography.
Emmanuelle Pucci, or Emma, as she is known in the industry, is an art director and production designer, with a varied and extensive body of work, including The Model (2016), The Smurfs 2 (2013), Day of the Falcon (2011), Valley of Flowers (2006), Two Brothers (2004) & Samsara (2001).
As a bi-lingual trained architect turned production designer, Emma’s phenomenal research and attention to detail ensured that not only can the experts from The National Museum of Ireland and The Pompidou not find a single fault with the design referencing throughout the entire film, but the picture also contributed meaningfully to the completion of the restoration project at Eileen Gray’s villa e1027.
Peter O'Brien is an Irish-born clothing designer and design consultant who began his career at the House of Dior, before advancing through the ranks as an assistant designer at Givenchy, then a designer at Chloé (under Karl Lagerfeld), before his appointment as creative director at Rochas, where he remained for 12 years. Since, 2001, Peter has designed and consulted on design under his own name and for well-known Irish brands Arnotts and A-wear.
Peter has made a second career out of designing for the theatre, including The Gate Theatre and The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, for which he has received audience acclaim and critical plaudits. He was the 2013 Best Costume Design winner at the Irish Times Theatre Awards (for Talk of the Town & A Woman of No Importance) as well as the 2012 Best Costume Design winner from that same organization for his costumes for Pygmalion.
The Price of Desire marks his first design credit for a feature film.
Julian Lennon is primarily known as a singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and philanthropist, but has lately reinvented himself as a fine art photographer. His work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide including the Little Black Gallery, London and the Morrison Hotel Gallery, New York. Drawing on his unique life experience, Lennon demonstrates a keen eye for composition and gift for capturing the intimate moment and the revealing detail.
Brian Byrne is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, who has piled awards on top of honors on top of scholarships during a young, but already illustrious career.
Moving to Los Angeles from his native Ireland in 2003, Brian has consistently worked as a composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger and pianist, in the US as well as in Europe. He has won two World Soundtrack Awards, for his original song and score to the movie Albert Nobbs (2012). He was later nominated for a Golden Globe for the same song. He also received the Irish Film & Television Best Score Award for his work on Albert Nobbs.
Brian has collaborated with many of the world’s most illustrious performing artists, including Katy Perry, Bono, Barbra Streisand, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison, Alanis Morissette, Sinead O’Connor, Alan Bergman, Luis Miguel, Vince Gill and Gladys Knight.
Film work for which he is admired and sought after includes The Good Doctor (2011), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Zonad (2010), In America (2001) & Disco Pigs (2001). A musical director of the BBC Beautiful Night concert, Brian has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and recently wrote a commissioned fanfare for Queen Elizabeth.