Hugh Rodgers is an award-winning director 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 wonderful piece of life-affirming TV"
The Irish Independent
“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, won the Best Educational Media Industry Award at the 2019 RAW SCIENCE Film Festival in Los Angeles. It screened at The Galway Film Fleadh, as well as Australia's SCINEMA Film Festival. It was broadcast on RTÉ One on World Diabetes Day 2018 and was selected by The Irish Times and The Sunday Times Culture highlights of the week.
Hugh’s 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'.
Hugh is also an award-winning film & television composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He has written scores for internationally award-winning documentaries, short films, commercials, and online media. He is a versatile composer, as comfortable working with electronics or individual musicians, as he is with larger ensembles and orchestral arrangements. His music ranges from charming and whimsical to ethereal and atmospheric, and he can infuse flavours of any musical genre into his individual style. Hugh’s scores always possess an emotive quality and a strong identity that, when woven together with pictures, forms an integral part of the story. His background as a filmmaker informs his approach and helps him to devise an individual sound that is right for each project.
Recent work includes Riyadh Khalaf’s half-hour documentary following Swaziland’s first gay pride, ‘Fighting For Pride’; ‘‘Strange Occurrences In A Small Irish Village’, a feature-length documentary on the bizarre business of miracles in the town of Knock, Co. Mayo, the score for which featured violinist Cora Venus Lunny, and a newly recorded acapella performance of ‘Aisling Gheal’ by Iarla O Lionaird; ‘Bittersweet’, a documentary about diabetes, which recently won the Best Educational Media award at the RAW Science Film Festival in L.A.
Hugh regularly collaborates with other musicians, artists, filmmakers and composers. In 2014 he co-wrote a score with fellow Irish composer, Ray Harman, for Aoife Kelleher’s acclaimed and multi award-winning feature-length documentary on life and death at Glasnevin Cemetery, ‘One Million Dubliners’, for which he also arranged and produced a special version of Luke Kelly’s ‘The Night Visiting Song’ featuring Diane Anglim on vocals and Kevin Murphy on cello. Hugh’s score for Vittoria Colonna’s short film on grief, ‘Sandboy’, which featured Ken Rice on violin, won Best Score at the Moondance International Film Festival in Colorado.
Hugh has performed and recorded with various bands and artists over the years, and is a founding member of the alternative folk bordband, ‘A Dark Horse’, whose music has been praised at home and abroad, described by Seattle Weekly as “compelling, dense and dreamy” and “a rich, cinematic sound” by Nialler9.com. He has also recorded and performed with artists such as Kevin Herm Connolly, and James Galvo Parker. He is a first class honours graduate of the Music & Media Technologies masters 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 Technological University Dublin - Blanchardstown campus.