Shimmy Marcus

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Shimmy Marcus
OccupationFilm director, Sound engineer

Shimmy Marcus is an Irish filmmaker.

Early life[edit]

Marcus was born and raised in the Dublin suburb of Terenure, the son of Louis Marcus (twice Oscar nominated documentary film-maker). He was educated at Stratford College, and studied Business Management and Advertising in Dublin Institute of Technology.

After some years of traveling around the world, Marcus returned to Dublin in the early 1990s to work briefly as a recording and live sound engineer before turning to stage lighting and design. He lit many of the popular Irish indie bands at the time including Engine Alley,[1] LiR, Peach, The Unbelievable Children.


He wrote his first speculative screenplay Headrush over Christmas 1994 and it was optioned shortly after by Ed Guiney of Element Films. He made his first short film, 7th Heaven, in 1998 and picked up a variety[specify] of awards at various festivals around the world.[2] In 1999, he won the Miramax Scriptwriting Award for Headrush.[3]

In 2000 he released the feature documentary Aidan Walsh: Master of the Universe[4] which he directed, produced, and co-edited about underground cult performer Aidan Walsh. The film went on to win awards and became the first documentary made on video to receive theatrical and video distribution in Ireland.

In 2003 he completed Headrush.[5] Again Marcus received awards and positive reviews, but despite the praise of industry bibles such as Variety,[6] the film failed to receive wide distribution. In 2005 he released the film himself across 10 screens in Ireland gaining a modest box office success.

Marcus continued experiment with different work, most notably his interpretations of three chapters from James Joyce's Ulysses in the feature documentary 'Imagining Ulysses'[7] and his series of Limelight Shorts commissioned by the Dublin Theatre Festival to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

Marcus also directed a documentary for RTÉ's U2 Night (25 June 2005), and a music videos for Fun Lovin' Criminals, Snow Patrol, Gavin Friday, Skin (Skunk Anansie),[8] Republic of Loose, and BP Fallon with Jack White.[9]

In 2009 he complete his 2nd feature Soulboy.[10] Set against the backdrop of the Northern Soul scene in the North of England in the mid 1970s, the film came 2nd in the Audience Award for Best Film at its premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The low budget flick proved a hit with critics[11][12] and was released in the UK in September 2010. The Guardian called it The Comeback Kid for punching above its weight at the box office.[13]

His second feature documentary Good Cake, Bad Cake about the Irish band LiR and their quest to make it in the music business also received very strong reviews on its limited release.[14][15]

Since then he has gone on to make two more award-winning Short Films, Rhinos, and Hannah Cohen's Holy Communion. In 2014 he set up Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting in Smithfield, Dublin, where he is Artistic Director.



  1. ^ Engine Alley - Dancing Queen on YouTube Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  2. ^ "Short Filmmaking in Ireland - The Irish Film & Television Network".
  3. ^ Ted Sheehy (17 March 2000). "Marcus wins Miramax, Irish Film Institute award". Screen Daily.
  4. ^ Aidan Walsh - Master of the Universe on YouTube Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  5. ^ HEADRUSH on YouTube
  6. ^ KEN EISNER. "Headrush Review". Variety.
  7. ^ "'Imagining Ulysses' Gets Top Honour In Chicago". IFTN. 3 August 2004.
  8. ^ Skin - Nothing But on YouTube
  9. ^ BP Fallon: I Believe In Elvis Presley produced by Jack White III on YouTube
  10. ^ SoulBoy2010. "SoulBoy Trailer" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Anthony Quinn (3 September 2010). "Soulboy (15)". Independent. United Kingdom.
  12. ^ "Shimmy Marcus Introduces 'Soul Boy'". 20 August 2010.
  13. ^ Charles Gant (21 September 2010). "Comeback kid Will Ferrell leaves Devil in the dust for top spot in UK cinemas". The Guardian. London.
  14. ^ The Irish Times Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ Tara Brady (September 7, 2010). "Shimmying his way back into the limelight". The Ticket. The Irish Times.

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