Bandit Films 2019

Bandit Films release the drama documentary Prisoners of the Moon in cinemas in Ireland (28th June) and Britain (5th July) following its successful premiere at Dublin Film Festival. The film which tells the story of German rocket engineer Arthur Rudolph and the Wernher von Braun’s “rocket team” is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing, in which they played a central part. The film was co-produced and co-written by Nick Snow and was directed and produced by Johnny Gogan. World Sales are being handled by Red Arrow Studios International and the film features Garrick Hagon (Star Wars), Jim Norton (Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda), Cathy Belton (The Woman in White, Delicious), Marty Rea (Citizen Lane), Alan Devine (Black Ice, Vikings) and Matt Addis (Star Girl)

Bandit Films are currently in advanced development with the drama series Rare Earth. The series, created by Johnny Gogan and developed with the support of Creative Europe, is being co-written by Joe O’Byrne and Brian Leyden.

Bandit Films is the development and production vehicle for the films of Johnny Gogan and since its inception in 1989 the company has developed and produced twenty films which have been directed and produced/co-produced by Gogan, including the award-winning feature films The Last Bus Home, Mapmaker and the IFTA nominated Black Ice.

In 1987 Johnny was the founding editor for Film Base of Film Ireland/Film Base News magazine. He was a driving force in the early years of Film Base, the Dublin-based filmmakers’ resource facility. Moving to the North West in 1997, he became involved in the distribution of World Cinema in the region through Cinema North West, set up Adaptation, festival of Cinema and Literature (2005-2012) and handled the national release of Swansong, the debut feature of Sligo filmmaker Conor McDermottroe. In 2011 he initiated Studio North West tv as a portal for the wider sector in the North West. He has served on the seven member board of The Irish Film Board/An Bord Scannán na hÉireann (2009-2012) and was instrumental in a re-shaping of the Board’s strategy in the face of threatened abolition and the financial strictures of the country’s economic collapse.

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2019-  Prisoners of the Moon, drama-documentary (75mins) – A Bandit Films production in association with Screen Ireland, Lucataire Limited (UK) and Red Arrow Studios International. In selected cinemas Ireland and Britain from June 28th

Rare Earth – A 4 part environmental drama series, developed with the support of Creative Europe and RTE

The Leitrim Equation (2017)- Concert film for TG4 and DVD/VOD release featuring leading musicians Donal Lunny and Eleanor Shanley
The Nuncio and the Writer (2017) – TV hour documentary adaptation from the feature documentary Hubert Butler Witness To The Future fpr RTE
Hubert Butler Witness To The Future (2016)- successful Irish and UK tour including London’s ICA, following on from February premiere at ADIFF (Dublin)
Generate The State/Gineadoir an Stait (2015)- TV hour doc for TG4, Siemens and ESB on the seminal Shannon Scheme project
The Making of Jimmy’s Hall (2014) Documentary capturing British filmmaker Ken Loach’s Leitrim venture
Black Ice (2013) Feature film co-written with Brian Leyden with the participation of The Irish Film Board and R.T.E. Watch the trailer here
Astray (2012) Short film commission for Creative Sligo. Broadcast on RTE Shortscreen Nov 2012
Homeland (2011) tv Hour documentary for TG4 and County Leitrim PEACE III. Broadcast on TG4 Sept 2011
Na Coisithe (2010) tv hour documentary for TG4 and BAI
The Scaffolder Falls (2009) Short animated film for Arts Council.
The Adventures of Flannery (2008) Feature Art Documentary for Arts Council
Building On The Edge (2006) TV architecture doco for prime time RTE broadcastx2
Hamilton Has Gone (2004) Short music film from song by Johnny Gogan
The Chalk Up (2003) Short film for Irish Film Board Short Shorts.
Amused As Hell (2002) Music Video for Cathal Coughlan.
Mapmaker (2001-2) Writer/Director/Co-producer of Feature Film for Arte Cinema, TV3, IFB, NIFTVC
Successful release in Ireland by Eclipse on 5 prints. International Festivals include Seattle, Montreal, Mannheim. Irish broadcast x2 TV3. Special Jury Prize Amiens.
An Fear A Phléasc – Dir/Prod Arts Documentary profile of writer Mícheál ÓConghaile for TG4
Pobal Agus Pléaráca(1998) Dir/Prod prime -time Arts Doc for RTE and TG4
Last Bus Home (1997) Feature film Writer/Dir/Co-producer. Finance by WDR, RTE, Beyond Films, IFB
Best Film award at Cherbourg Festival of British and Irish Cinema. French cinema release 1998
International Festivals include Fort Lauderdale, Montreal, Galway, Mannheim, Brussels.
Irish Cinema and DVD release of The Last Bus Home in Ireland (1999)
The Bargain Shop (1993) writer/director/co-prod Teleplay commissioned by ZDF-Arte, RTE.
Stephen (1990) Writer/Director/Producer 20 minute Debut short. Winner Galway Film Fleadh.
Cinema release in Ireland with Jane Campion’s “Sweetie”.
Multiple broadcasts on RTE. Sold to ZDF-Arte

All projects written, directed and produced/co-produced by Johnny Gogan except The Chalk Up (Director Frank Conway)


Bandit Films Drama CV reel