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      Pat O'Connor

      Pat O'Connor

      Highest Rated: 91% Cal (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Sweet November (2001)

      Birthday: Not Available

      Birthplace: Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland

      Like many Irishmen before him, Pat O'Connor left his homeland as a young man to seek his fame and fortune. Immigrating first to London and then the USA, he eventually attended UCLA as an undergraduate and then went on to graduate work in film at Toronto's Ryerson Polytech. After nearly decade away from Ireland, O'Connor returned, armed with his degrees, and began his career in earnest as a trainee with Radio Telefis Eirann (RTE). Graduating first to producing and directing documentaries, he segued to dramatic programs before heading to London and a job with the BBC. In 1981, O'Connor produced and directed the award-winning TV drama "The Ballroom of Romance." Subsequently, he turned his attentions to the big screen with the uncompromising political romance/thriller "Cal" (1984) set against the backdrop of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. The film featured strong lead performances (from John Lynch in the title role and particularly Helen Mirren as the Italian widow of the British officer he has killed) which have come to be a hallmark of O'Connor's work. "A Month in the Country" (1987) proved to be a studied, atmospheric drama about a WWI veteran who finds himself falling in love with a rector's wife. Again, the director elicited strong central portrayals from Colin Firth (as the soldier), Kenneth Branagh (as the cleric) and Natasha Richardson (as the cleric's wife).


      JANUARY MAN, director Pat O'Connor, producer Norman Jewison, on set, 1989. (c)MGM



      63% 56% Private Peaceful Director - 2012
      15% 76% Sweet November Director $25.2M 2001
      60% 58% Dancing at Lughnasa Director $2.3M 1998
      36% 51% Inventing the Abbotts Director $5.9M 1997
      78% 73% Circle of Friends Director $21.7M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zelda Director - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fools of Fortune Director $80.5K 1990
      28% 29% The January Man Director $4.3M 1988
      No Score Yet 42% Stars and Bars Director $14.9K 1988
      86% 71% A Month in the Country Director - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bell Diamond The Boss (Character) - 1986
      91% 76% Cal Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ballroom of Romance Director,
      - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Night at the Follies Unknown (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night in Tunisia Director - 0000