David Caffrey

Academy Member

David Caffrey gained critical acclaim with his feature directorial debut Divorcing Jack, released in 1998, marking his successful transition from award-winning short films.

After gaining experience on film sets, Caffrey directed a short film called The Connivers, based on his own experiences in Ireland. He then spent some time working in Roger Corman's Concorde Anois studios in Connemara which proved to be an invaluable learning experience. Caffrey's short film output continued with Bantam, I Shudder and Bolt.

Caffrey's real breakthrough came with the comic thriller Divorcing Jack, adapted from Colin Bateman's widely acclaimed novel, starring David Thewlis and Rachel Griffiths, set in an independent Northern Ireland preparing to elect its first Prime Minister. The film was both a critical and commercial success.  He has since directed features and acclaimed series’ such as On the Nose, Grand Theft Parsons, Aristocrats, Monarch of the Glen, Raw, Line of Duty.

In recent years Caffrey has become synonymous, alongside writer Stuart Carolan with the hugely popular Irish crime drama series Love/Hate, for which he has won two IFTAs for Best Director - TV Drama/Comedy.


"I'd like to thank the Academy for hosting such a brilliant show"
David Caffrey (2013)

Awards & Recognition

  • IFTA Winner, Best Director TV Drama/Comedy (2013 & 2012)
  • IFTA Nominee, Best Director TV Drama/Comedy (2011 & 2014) 
On The Nose
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Winner, Best Feature (2001) 
Divorcing Jack
  • Fantasporto Critics' Award Winner (1998) 

Key Credits

  • The Alienist (2020)
  • Taken Down (2018)
  • Peaky Blinders (2017)
  • Love/Hate (2010-2014)
  • Line of Duty (2012)
  • RAW (2008-2010)
  • Monarch of the Glen (2004-2005)
  • Grand Theft Parsons (2003)
  • On the Nose (2001)
  • Divorcing Jack (1998)


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