Sligo native Glenn Gannon has been awarded the top prize in the springboard competition ‘Top 50 Doc on the Box’. A commemorative competition celebrating 50 years of television in Ireland looking to nurture up-and-coming Irish talent, Glenn Gannon has triumphed over a host of aspiring directors in this competition, organised by RTE and Filmbase.
Glenn will begin work on his documentary ‘Stripped’ this coming summer. A story for the changing times that are in it, ‘Stripped’ is the story of a man in his twenties utterly disillusioned by life. Recession-stricken Ireland has robbed him of his job, his house and his love life, yet Glenn’s protagonist is determined to soldier on and prosper.
According to Anne Roper, head of RTE’s documentary unit, “Glenn Gannon’s idea impressed because of his story’s timeliness and entertainment potential but also because of the director’s quirky visual eye. The idea suited the RTE TV Documentary Unit’s remit to produce stories about Ireland today”. The documentary is set to air on prime time RTE television in the Autumn of 2012, having been filmed in RTE’s TV Documentary Unit during the summer. Glenn will also be charged with producing the 25 minute short film, with mentorship available from an executive producer in RTE.
Glenn has worked prolifically in the areas of filmmaking with Lough Bo films here in Sligo since achieving a BA in Communications in DCU and an MA in Screenwriting from the Huston School of Film and Digital Media in Galway. Glenn was also shortlisted for the Irish Film Board’s 2011 Gearrscannain scheme and long-listed for the 2011 Filmbase funding award.