Hugh Rodgers is a director & composer from Dublin, Ireland.
Hugh Rodgers is an award-winning director and composer for film and television working in Ireland and abroad. In 2016 he directed ‘The Story Of Yes’, a 1 hour documentary which revisited the highs and lows of the marriage referendum in Ireland. It was Nominated for Best Documentary at IFTA 2016, Commended at The Radharc Awards, and, at the time of its broadcast, trended #1 on Twitter, receiving glowing reviews there and across national online and print media outlets. “A joyous, personal, uplifting, always emotional piece of work.” - The Irish Times
More recently, his documentary, 'Johnny', a 7 minute short about a young gay man from the Travelling community, was given Special Mention in the Best Short Documentary category at The 30th Galway Film Fleadh, and was selected for GAZE International Film Festival, the IFI Documentary Festival in Dublin, Waterford Film Festival, and Side By Side Film Festival in St. Petersburg - the only LGBT film festival in Russia. Hugh's documentary, ‘Bittersweet’, a half hour film about diabetes in Ireland, screened at The Galway Film Fleadh, as well as Australia's SCINEMA Film Festival and was featured in Labocine/Imagine Science’s ‘Edible Cinema’ August 2018 issue. It was broadcast on RTÉ One on World Diabetes Day 2018 and was selected by The Irish Times as one of the nine things to watch that week and was also one of The Sunday Times Culture highlights of the week.
Hugh’s other directing work has also been singled out for praise - his commercial for Eir received an Honourable Mention at the EVCOM awards in London, his Belong To ad for Marriage Equality, 'Bring Your Family With You', received over 500,000 views, was nominated for Best Online award at the GALAS 2016 and gained international attention and acclaim - featuring on Al Jazeera, The New York Times, praised by Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black, and was even parodied by John Oliver on his HBO show 'Last Week Tonight'.
As a composer, Hugh has written scores for internationally award-winning films and documentaries including ‘One Million Dubliners’, ‘Strange Occurrences In A Small Irish Village’, ‘Sandboy’ (Winner Best Score at Moondance International Film Festival, Colorado, USA), ‘Crossword’, and ‘Hold on Tight’, as well as scoring various commercials and online media. Hugh also scores his own films, including ‘Bittersweet’ and 'Johnny'.
As a musician, Hugh is a member of the band ‘A Dark Horse’, who released an EP in 2012 to glowing reviews in Hot Press, Les Inrocks, The Sunday Times, Nialler9 and Seattle Weekly. He has also recorded and performed with artists such as Kevin Herm Connolly, and James Galvo Parker.
Hugh is a First Class Honours graduate of the Music & Media Technologies M.Phil in Trinity College, where he studied under contemporary classical composers Donnacha Dennehy, Linda Buckley and Roger Doyle. He lectures in Documentary Filmmaking and Digital Video Techniques on the Creative Digital Media degree at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.