Katie Holly – Managing Director and Producer / Executive Producer
Katie Holly is owner and Managing Director of Blinder Films, where she has produced several award winning and critically acclaimed features including One Hundred Mornings (2009), Sensation (2010), Citadel (2012) and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012) which have screened at festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca, SXSW, Toronto, London, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary and Sydney. Her most recent projects include Come To Daddy (2019); Extra Ordinary (2019); A Dog Called Money (2019); Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, a documentary on the musical and fashion icon, directed by Sophie Fiennes; Vita & Virginia which chronicles the passionate relationship between literary innovator Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, starring Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini and directed by Chanya Button, which was selected as the Opening Night Gala for the 2019 BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and was sold by Protagonist Pictures to over thirty countries and released in the US by IFC Films and in the UK/Ireland by Thunderbird Releasing. She has also produced original TV drama Striking Out and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny and Stephen Fry which premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival 2016, was nominated for a Gotham Award and enjoyed extended releases at both US (Amazon, Roadside Attractions) and UK (Curzon) box offices and The Queen of Ireland, a feature documentary about accidental LGBT activist Panti Bliss; picked up by Universal Pictures for distribution in the UK and Ireland. She is currently in post-production on French Exit, an Irish/Canadian co-production directed by Azazel Jacobs and starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. The surrealist comedy about a penniless Manhattan socialite who flees to Paris with son, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics; and has recently completed The Racer, directed by Kieron J. Walsh, starring Louis Talpe, Tara Lee, and Iain Glen which was due to premiere at SXSW 2020. She is also executive producer on Boys From County Hell (2020). She is a graduate of EAVE, Inside Pictures, was a former Producer on the Move at Cannes, and is a board member of the Screen Ireland and Irish Film Institute and former co-Chair and a founding member of Women in Film and Television Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Film and Television Academy, BAFTA, BIFA and the European Film Academy. She is also founder and co-creative director of X-Pollinator, a cross-disciplinary training and networking initiative for female creative talent.
Yvonne Donohoe – Producer
Yvonne Donohoe joined Blinder Films in June 2012 as their Head of Development and over the last five years has now moved into the role of Producer. At the start of 2015, Yvonne produced RAPT – a mini drama series for the RTÉ Storyland project in association with the Irish Film Board. She was then the Producer of two series of the RTÉ One primetime legal drama series Striking Out, starring Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey. In early 2018 she produced her first feature film EXTRA ORDINARY; with finance from Screen Ireland and in partnership with Umedia in Belgium. Directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, starring Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Claudia O’Doherty and Will Forte, the supernatural comedy had its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2019, was awarded Best Film at Galway Film Fleadh 2019, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2019 and Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2019 and was also released in the US in March 2020 by Cranked Up Films. She then produced feature film The Racer (2020) and Boys From County Hell, from writer/director Chris Baugh which was also shot in May 2019 in Northern Ireland in co-production with Six Mile Hill Films and Automatik Entertainment in LA with support from Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Endeavour Content in the US; which was selected for Midnight section at the (subsequently postponed) 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Yvonne is currently participating in EAVE 2020. Prior to Blinder, she worked with RTÉ as a script editor and development consultant, she was the Head of Development at Great Southern Film and Television in New Zealand and started her career in Element Pictures where she worked in production and development for four years.
Evan Horan – Junior Producer
Evan Horan joined Blinder Films in April 2017 and has worked across various dramatic, documentary and genre projects at Blinder Films including FRENCH EXIT, BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, THE RACER, COME TO DADDY, EXTRA ORDINARY, VITA & VIRGINIA, GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI and A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT.
He was the Co-Producer on A DOG CALLED MONEY which world premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale 2019, directed by award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy who accompanied musician PJ Harvey on a journey through the creative process behind one of her albums, conceived by their travels around the globe. The film received theatrical and online distribution in the UK and Ireland from MUBI in November 2019. He is an Executive Producer on JOAN – a French / Irish / German co-production, directed by Laurent Larivière, starring Isabelle Huppert, Freya Mavor, Éanna Hardwicke and Stanley Townsend.
Horan also recently completed the Advanced Producers Programme – a post graduate certificate course managed by Screen Skills Ireland and TU Dublin and was invited by Screen Ireland to participate in the 2020 Berlinale Co-Production Market Visitors Programme. He is also the Co-ordinator of X-Pollinator and INCUBATOR – a new initiative to help rapidly address the gender imbalance in the Irish film industry. He has previously worked on the BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, UnderWire Festival and at BAFTA in their Learning and New Talent department.
Julie joined Blinder Films as Office Manager in 2020. She has worked across their most recent projects, including THE RACER (2020), BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL (2020), JOAN, MR. MALCOLM’S LIST, and as Post Production Trainee on FRENCH EXIT. Prior to joining Blinder Films, Julie has worked in the USA and Ireland in various administrative roles.