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.
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, consulting a dominatrix, and cutting up a corpse.
The ayahuasca inspired video for Floor Staff’s “The Guest” (2014) received the inaugural NIKON “I Am a Music Video” award and was described (by thethinair.net) as “equal parts frightening and ingenious“. “The Guest” featured in end of 2014 Music Video best of lists, along with Participant’s “Shelter“, a video which charts the decline of a dysfunctional relationship between two snails. Shelter has been described as “brilliant and mesmerising” (pointofeverything.com) and “relatable, endearing, and ultimately emotionally raw” (thelastmixedtape).
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.
Bob received two silver awards at the 2016 Young Director Awards, hosted by the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, one for ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’ in the music video category, and one for TGEU ‘Nightmare’ in the advertising category .
Amongst a prolific output of music videos, and promotional work, Bob has directed three short films to date, marrying striking visuals with deftly observed, character driven narratives.
Bob’s first short film “Sleight of Hand” (2009) received the Kildare County Council Film Bursary Award and has screened at festivals in Ireland and abroad. His second film “Sometimes People…” (2011), a Victorian costume drama about two women who explode, was widely screened in international LGBT festivals, as well as at the GAZE international Film Festival in Dublin.
Bob’s most recent film, the post apocalyptic drama “Zephra” (2014) received the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award and in the time it’s been screening at festivals it has received awards for Best Actor (Michael Power) and Best Production design from Portsmouth International Film Festival, as well as nominations for Best Actor, Cinematography and Production Design at the Southampton Film Festival. Zephra was also nominated for Best Drama at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
Bob was selected as a producer on the Irish Film Board’s ‘After ’16’ short film scheme commemorating the anniversary of the 1916 rising. The film ‘A Terrible Hullabaloo’ premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2016. Bob was also selected to attend the Screen Talent Europe pitching forum in Grimstad, Norway to present his next short film project, ‘Dummy’, and will also produce the Filmbase funded short ‘Snake’ later this year.