John Irvin is a British film director and producer with more than 30 motion pictures to his name and extensive experience working with most major film studios, both in the UK and America.

He is co-founder of DearHeart Productions where he co-produced and directed the revered Mandela’s Gun (2016), for which he won Best Director at the Harlem International Film Festival. He was the director of the box office hit Hamburger Hill (1987), which depicts the real events of the controversial Battle of Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War. In 1999 his film When Trumpets Fade won the Fiction award at the Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming. He directed Widow’s Peak (1995), which won Best Film at the Austin Film Festival.

His other features include The Dogs of War (1980), Ghost Story (1981), Champions (1984), Turtle Diary (1985), Robin Hood (1991), Next of Kin (1989), A Month by the Lake (1995), Shiner (2000) and The Boys from County Clare (2003). He has received three BAFTA nominations in total: Best Director with Best Drama Series/ Serial with the BBC’s adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Hard Times (1977), and Best Short Film with Mafia No! (1967).