Director for Film and Television

David is currently directing and executive producing The Fear Index - a new four part limited thriller series for Left Bank Pictures and Sky Studios, based on the novel by Robert Harris, starring Josh Hartnett. He directed and exec produced the second season of Emmy winning and Golden Globe nominated series The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, which aired recently on TNT/Netflix. He directed the whole of BAFTA award winning Peaky Blinders season 4, and the 6-part drama Taken Down.

David directed 25 out of 28 episodes of the highest rated series in Irish television history, Love/Hate, which won numerous Irish Film and Television awards – two of which went to David for Best Director. His other credits include ITV's Tennison and Stan Lee's Lucky Man, for Carnival Films. He is currently in post-production on a new 6 part series with Buccaneer Media for AMC Network’s Acorn TV.

David began his film and TV career working in various production roles on B-movies with Roger Corman, before his short films - Connivers, Bantams and Bolt - caught the eye of the industry.

This resulted in a leap into the feature film arena, with Divorcing Jack for Scala Productions, followed by the 18th century miniseries Aristocrats for BBC/WGBH. On the Nose, a comedy feature for Subotica/Universal, followed.

Since then he has alternated between commercials, features and television drama, the latter including Monarch of the Glen for BBC/Ecosse, Life Begins for ITV/Granada and Wild at Heart for ITV/Company Pictures.

David has directed projects which include Fallout for RTE/Frontier Films, The Commander for ITV/La Plante productions and Raw for RTE/Ecosse.



Director & Executive Producer 

Writer Paul Andrew Williams and Caroline Bartleet
  • Josh Hartnett
  • Based on the bestselling novel by Robert Harris.

    Left Bank Pictures for SKY Atlantic
  • Daniel Brühl
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Luke Evans
  • TNT, Netflix
    Producer Suzanne McAuley
  • Aiden Gillen
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Second series of the IFTA winning series about gangland life in Dublin.
    Octagon Films for RTE
    Season three of award-winning Irish crime drama.
    Octagon Films for RTE
  • Aiden Gillen
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Fourth series of the award-winning Irish crime drama.

    Octagon Films for RTE


    Creator Julie Wassmer

    Follows local restaurant owner Pearl Nolan who sets up a local detective agency after undergoing police training in an earlier career. She is soon embroiled in her first case when she discovers the body of close friend, Vinnie.

    Acorn TV
    Writer Stuart Carolan and Jo Spain

    6 episode crime drama series set in Dublin.

    Creator Steven Knight
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Helen McCrory
  • Caryn Mandabach Productions for Netflix, BBC One
    Creator Lynda La Plante
    Producer Rhonda Smith
  • Stefanie Martini
  • Sam Reid
  • Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison's first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry.

    ITV Productions
    Creator Neil Biswas
    Producer Gareth Neame, Richard Fell, Beverley Booker
  • James Nesbit
  • Eve Best
  • Thriller from an idea by comic book icon Stan Lee. DI Harry Clayton, a member of the London-based Murder Squad, is gifted the ability to control luck.

    Carnival for Sky1
    Producer Jed Mercurio
    Writer Jed Mercurio
  • Vicky McClure
  • Adrian Dunbar
  • Lennie James
  • Martin Compston
  • A hard-hitting thriller series exploring the world of police corruption.
    BBC Drama Productions for BBC Two
    Love/Hate Series 1-5
    Reflet d'Or de la Meilleure Série TV at Cinema Tout Ecrans
    Producer Suzanne McAuley
  • Aidan Gillen
  • Aoibhinn McGinnity
  • Ruth Negga
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Crime drama set in Dublin
    Octagon Films for RTE
    Producer Luke Alkin
    Writer Kate Brooke
    Drama about a three-day hostage crisis at a school in South London
    Big Talk Productions for BBC1
    In development
    Producer James Flynn
    Writer Simon Ashdown
  • Shelley Conn
  • Damon Gameau
  • Liam Garrigan
  • Keith McErlean
  • Drama based in a restaurant in Dublin
    Ocatgon Films for RTE
    Producer Emma Benson
    Writer Mike Bullen
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Frank Finlay
  • Elliot Henderson-Boyle
  • Caroline Quentin
  • Comedy about a woman as she starts afresh after her husband leaves her
    Granada Television for ITV1
    Producer Christopher Hall
    Writer Lynda La Plante
  • Amanda Burton
  • Elisabeth Dermot Walsh
  • Ayesha Dharker
  • Penny Downie
  • Thriller about a conman who is due to be convicted for fraud and then is found floating dead in his pool
    La Plante Productions for ITV1
    Producer Bill Shephard
    Writer Jack Williams
  • Amanda Holden
  • Lucy-Jo Hudson
  • Dawn Steele
  • Deon Stewardson
  • Family drama about a Bristol-based vet and his family who emigrate to a game park in South Africa
    Company Pictures for ITV1
    Producer Gerald Heffernan
    Writer Johnny Ferguson, Declan Jones
  • Tara Breathnach
  • Mick Fitzgerald
  • Michael O'Connor
  • Michael O'Sullivan
  • Drama filmed in the style of a documentary charting the nuclear fallout from the Sellafield Nuclear Processing Plant in Cumbria
    Frontier Films for RTE
    Producer Michael Chaplin
    Writer Michael Chaplin
  • Richard Briers
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Susan Hampshire
  • Alastair MacKenzie
  • Drama about a London man who is called back home to Scotland to discover he is the Laird of Glenbogle
    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Producer Christopher Hall
    Writer Harriet O'Carroll
  • Alun Armstrong
  • Richard Dempsey
  • Anne-Marie Duff
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Adaptation of Stephen Tillyard's biography of upper-class life in 18th century England
    BBC Productions



    Producer Madeleine French
    Writer Justin Villiers
  • Felix Bell
  • Rebecca Brownett
  • Robert Easen
  • Milly Gregory
  • Film focusing on the friendship between two Bradford City fans
    Compulsive Viewing
    Producer Robert Cooper
  • Laura Fraser
  • Rachel Griffiths
  • Jason Isaacs
  • Robert Lindsay
  • Black romantic comedy set around the troubled peace process and the effect it has on a cynical Belfast hack
    Mosaic Films
    Scala Productions
    Producer Scott Kennedy, Tristan Lynch
    Writer Tony Philpott
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Brenda Blethyn
  • Robbie Coltrane
  • Sinead Keenan
  • Film about a luckless gambler who finally finds the secret to picking winners - a preserved head in a jar
    Capitol Films
    Highwire Entertainment

    Writer & Director 

    Producer Jack Armstrong
  • Nevan Finegan
  • Darren Lawless
  • Terry McMahon
  • Vincent Smith
  • Film about a man who is fed up with his car being broken into and decides to take revenge - but with his aim not quite right he ends up with the police on his heels
    Producer Frank Mannion
    Writer Jeremy Drysdale
  • Jamie McShane
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his time; a bitter, brilliant, genius who knew Elvis, tripped with the Stones and fatally overdosed on morphine and tequila in 1973.

    Swipe Films

    Writer & Director & Producer 

  • Maclean Burke
  • Jessica Freed
  • Short film about a row that erupts by the beach in Wicklow
    Moonshine Films