There are few individuals it can be said altered the course of World War Two on their own - but one was a Dublin librarian. And he did it, not on the battlefields of France or Japan but, in a room in McKee Barracks on Dublin's North Circular Road. (2017)
Ciaran Cassidy's most recent short film ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and has screened across the globe. It is the winner of Stranger than Fiction audience award, IFTA for Best Irish Short Film and Jury award at Nashville Film Festival.
He was named by the UK newspaper ‘The Observer’ as ‘one to watch’ in film for 2014.
His previous short film ‘Collaboration Horizontale’ premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and won an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
His radio documentary, 'The Runners' on a child who escaped from an Irish industrial school and the man who helped him escape was the winner in Berlin of the 2010 'Prix Europa'.
Other radio documentaries, including 'The Diary of Leanne Wolfe', 'The Ballad of Patrick Folan' and ‘Jihad Jane’ have won of the 2008 Premios Ondas for Best International Radio Programme and the Third Coast Radio Impact Award. He is a winner of five Gold Medals at New York Radio Festivals.
His first screenplay ‘The Domestique’ is in development with the Irish Film Board and Blinder Films.