John Michael McDonagh
|Born||1967 (age 53–54)|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film director|
|Notable works||The Guard (2011), Calvary (2014), War on Everyone (2016)|
|Relatives||Martin McDonagh (brother)|
John Michael McDonagh (born 1967) is a screenwriter and film director with British and Irish nationality. He wrote and directed The Guard (2011) and Calvary (2014), both films starring Brendan Gleeson, receiving a BAFTA Award nomination for the former. He was born in London in 1967. He is the older brother of playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh.
McDonagh was born in London in 1967. He was raised in England with his younger brother, playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh although they spent their summers in his mother's Irish hometown of Easky, County Sligo, the town was the setting for "Calvary." Like his brother McDonagh dropped out of high school ending up unemployed, yet trying to pursure a career as a writer, after writing several unpublished novels, McDonagh decided to try writing for film. 
McDonagh made his first foray into writing and directing with The Second Death, a short film released in 2000, which his brother served as executive producer for. Next McDonagh adapted Robert Drewe's 1991 novel Our Sunshine into the screenplay for the 2003 film Ned Kelly, which was directed by Gregor Jordan.
McDonagh gained considerable attention in 2011, with the theatrical release of his feature film directorial debut The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. The film received critical acclaim, with a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and went on to become the most financially successful independent Irish film of all time. Among several honours, McDonagh was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
In 2014 McDonagh said his follow-up to Calvary would be The Lame Shall Enter First, his third feature with Brendan Gleeson. The film follows a paraplegic ex-policeman in London who has developed a hatred for able-bodied people and who gets caught up in a new investigation after one of his friends is murdered. He has stated that it will be the "final one in the trilogy" and will be "an amalgamation of The Guard and Calvary".
In 2011 McDonagh discussed developing other projects including War on Everyone, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival. Another was The Bonnot Gang, a period gangster film based on the true story of a group of French anarchist bank robbers who operated before World War I". McDonagh has described this film as "a cross between The Wild Bunch and Le Samourai." A third was Chaos Inc, a television series about a Buddhist private investigator based in Las Vegas.
|Actor||The Second Death (2000)||The Guard (2011)||Calvary (2014)||War on Everyone (2016)||Total|