TONY WHELAN : FILMMAKER
I happened upon the television and film industry in 1993. Before that I made do in a variety of ways. Banking. Construction. Computing. Running a pub. Running away; England. Australia. America. Canada. Home again. Lecturing. Journalism. Sailing boats on the big blue sea.
The RTE Sport Department was my springboard into filmmaking and I am forever indebted to the late Tim O'Connor and the chance he took. Wild days. I went on to be trained as a director with the BBC. That was '98.
Remarkable jobs followed producing and directing across many genres. I got to collaborate with great people who didn't balk at my ambition to make mistakes while working on a slate of documentaries and films.
Lately I produced Rough Rider - The Paul Kimmage Story and directed and filmed The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde.
Now I want to collaborate with a community of supporters through Patreon to make the films we all want made. Films about the sea and the land and how we can all contribute to making the environment a better place.
In June-July 2018 I filmed for seven weeks in the subarctic following the IWDG Ireland to Iceland Humpback Whale Expedition. The film documenting this remarkable journey On The Trail of the Humpback Whale is scheduled for completion in 2020. With your help
In September 2019 I filmed in Cabo Verde again with the IWDG but this time in the warmer Sahelian arid belt .Two weeks in the less surveyed Sotavento Isands . Wild . A film documenting this expedition is now in post production with a release date dependent on funding .With your help
Meanwhile I am making as many short films as I can . Here's the latest https://vimeo.com/375987129