Bob Gallagher is a director, writer and cinematographer based in Dublin. His short films have been screened at festivals internationally and his music videos have been blogged from here to Mongolia. He has been declared a ‘Good Soldier of Cinema’ by Werner Herzog and has described by Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis as a filmmaker who ‘can be lyrical, as well as forensically evil’.
Bounding through styles and subjects, often in enthusiastic collaboration, his work traverses personal boundaries and teases out emotional soft spots. His visual stories are marked by a polished absurdity and usually an element of the fantastic. With a passion for exploration, Bob’s music video work has found him partaking in shamanic rituals, recreating Caravaggio’s studio, walking 200km across Ireland, consulting a dominatrix, and cutting up a corpse.
In January 2015 Bob’s music video for Girl Band’s ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage‘ was released on Rough Trade Records and featured by a host of international blogs. It’s been called ‘a bizarre and gruesome odyssey‘ by Clash Music, ‘twisted, funny and disturbing‘ by Brooklyn Vegan, and ‘a knockout‘ by Noisey. It was described by Stereogum as ‘a fantastic video, directed with a chilling clarity‘. The video was included in Videostatic’s ‘Best Music Videos of February 2015′ and Stereogum’s ‘Top 5 Videos of the Week’. It was nominated for Best Concept at the 2015 Berlin Music Video Awards.
Early 2015 also saw the completion of his first advert, directing a human rights campaign video for Transgender EU with Invisible Thread Films. The video ‘Nightmare‘ is a visceral first person experience of the difficulties faced by the European Transgender community. Upon it’s release it was featured on The Advocate and The Huffington Post, and received 20,000 views within a week of going online. Gaelick, who published an article on the making of the video described it as ‘powerful‘ and ‘affecting‘. The video was honoured with a nomination from the Irish Council of Civil Liberties in the 2015 Human Rights Film Awards.
Bob continued his collaboration with Girl Band to release two music videos for their debut album ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’.The video for their first single, “Paul” was premiered on NPR follows a childrens TV show actor on his descent into madness. NPR described the video as ‘disconcerting’. The follow up single “Pears for Lunch” was described by The Label as ’rounding out a trilogy of hilarious and unsettling videos’. It featured as number one in Stereogum’s Top 5 videos of the week on its release. Both ‘Paul’ and ‘Pears for Lunch’ were included in Sterogum’s 50 best videos of 2015. ‘Paul’ won Best Irish Music Video at the Cork Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Director at the 2016 Berlin Music Video Awards.
Amongst a prolific output of music videos, and commrcial work, Bob has directed three short films to date, marrying striking visuals with deftly observed, character driven narratives. Early in 2017 Bob was invited to Cuba to participate in a 10 day practical workshop with Werner Herzog, resulting in two short documentary films ‘The Impossible Flight of the Stone’ and ‘Salon’.