Martin Duffy (born August 25th 1952) is an award-winning Irish director, writer, film editor and script consultant living in Berlin.
Awards for his films include the Celtic Film and TV Festival Jury Prize, Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival, ‘President’s Award’ at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and selection for the Deauville International Film Festival. Following his audience prize in the youth section of the Berlinale, he was a mentor in the 2001-2 Winter Academy. Between 2019 and 2021, three projects with Martin attached as writer have been selected for the exclusive Hamburg Series Lab.
Martin's memoir of his youth, LEIGHLIN ROAD, is available in print, on Kindle and as audiobook. For more information visit his related website: www.leighlinroad.com.
Martin is presently bringing to market his romcom script THE MISTRESS and his teen sitcom WELCOME TO EARTH.
Martin has written the bible and pilot episodes for the teen comedy series THE FINSTERSTEINS, from the books by Kai Lüftner, for Henning Windelband of youngfilms, Hamburg, in co-production with international distribution company Beta Films. Henning is also developing Andreas Eschbach's Irish-set thriller THE LAST OF HIS KIND to be adapted by Martin. Florian Froschmayer is attached to direct.
Martin will be writing the episodes for the animation series version of the cult anime books WORMWORLD SAGA for major German company NFP.
Martin has written comedy and animation material for several companies in Germany and Ireland, from Irish classics like 'Bosco' and 'Wanderly Wagon' to the animation series 'Inis Cool' and 'The Muscleteers'. He did script polishing for the award-winning animation feature film of 'Conni and Friends', released in June 2020.
Martin acts regularly as script consultant for film companies in Ireland and Germany and is fluent in German. He translates German scripts to English for such major companies as Constantin Film and X-Filme.
Looking back: After years of experience writing and editing for television, Martin wrote and directed his first feature film ‘The Boy from Mercury’ in 1996 – the semi-autobiographical story of an 8-year-old boy with an over-active imagination. Martin has directed three other feature films since then while continuing his writing output. This work includes his children’s novels (‘Mothership’, ‘Peg Leg Gus’ etc) and books on social history (‘The Trade Union Pint’, ‘The Viceregal Microbe’, 'Not Yet' etc) and radio plays (‘The Apollo’, ‘Tricks of the Trade’ etc) plus several documentaries for German and Irish national radio.