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Aoife McArdle is an Irish film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Her first feature-length film, 'Kissing Candice', premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and at Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018. Other work includes music videos for Bryan Ferry, Jon Hopkins, Simian Mobile Disco, James Vincent McMorrow and U2 television commercials for Honda, Samsung Audi and Under Armour. Her video for the U2 song 'Every Breaking Wave' was nominated for Best International Music Video at the UK Music Video Awards 2015. She was nominated for Best Director at the UK Music Video Awards in 2014 and nominated for Best Director at the British Arrows in 2018 .
Aoife McArdle grew up in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
She studied English Literature and Film at Trinity College, Dublin before going on to complete a Masters in Film & TV production at Bournemouth University. There she specialised in script-writing, directing, cinematography and lighting.
Her first music video as a solo director 'Isles' for Little Comets won Best Music Video at Rushes Soho Shorts in 2011 and was nominated for Best Indie Music Video and Best Editing at the UK Music Video Awards 2011. 
McArdle's visual style is characterised by distinctive, exterior locations, long, choreographed tracking and crane shots, low-key lighting and vivid colours. She favours anamorphic lenses and shooting on 35mm film.
|2017||Kissing Candice||Irish Film Board|||
|2015||'Every Breaking Wave'||U2|||
|2014||'Loop De Li'||Bryan Ferry|||
|2013||'Open Eye Signal'||Jon Hopkins|||
|2013||'Red Dust||James Vincent McMorrow|||
|2013||'Glacier'||James Vincent McMorrow|||
|2013||'Cavalier'||James Vincent McMorrow|||
|2012||'Lesson Number Seven'||Clock Opera|||
|2012||'Seraphim'||Simian Mobile Disco|||
|2013||'Italy, Texas: Wild Souls in the Hot, Blind Earth'||Vice/55DSL|||
|2013||'Beyond the Fervent Heat'||Design Forum|||
"McArdle is already contributing so much to the way we have been enjoying music. Aside from the work with Hopkins, a triptych of short films for James Vincent McMorrow's Post Tropical album is getting incrementally released, with one yet to come. The two artists she would ideally love to work with are poles apart (and will be revealed in our Faces e-publication coming soon) and she's also diving head first into writing and directing her first feature film. 2014 will be a year of sweat and long days for her so keep watching the screens, and in due course, the awards shows." Simon Roche
McArdle is currently at work on her first feature film and has just finished making a pop video for Bryan Ferry. She does not feel that her ad work – which also includes a striking one for Electric Ireland's sponsorship for the Minor Football and Hurling Championships – compromises her artistic merits as a filmmaker and points out that Christmas commercials, in particular, are getting ever more cinematic and ambitious.
"The first single from Immunity is called "Open Eye Signal", and it is eight minutes long. Its accompanying video was directed by Aoife McArdle." Evan Misker
"I find it really important to work with amazing visual artists for videos and sleeves – for example Aoife McArdle's "Open Eye Signal" video is just the perfect visualization of the track." Jon Hopkins
Whilst U2's involvement in this long-form music video from Northern Irish writer/director/photographer Aoife McArdle will almost certainly steal most of the headlines, strip away their participation in this project (and even their music) and you'd still be left with a powerful and assertive piece of filmmaking tackling themes of love and conflict. Taking its audience back to the streets of Northern Ireland in the early 1980s, McArdle's 13-minute film throws its viewers into the violent conflicts of the time, with its high-energy tempo and passionate-performances making it a short you don't dare take your eyes off for one-second.
U2 teamed with Irish director Aoife McArdle and the Creators Project to bring two Songs of Innocence tracks to life via a longform music video.
As a director, Aoife McArdle is part realist, part dreamer with an eye for beautiful imagery. Her directing style blends a documentary-like approach with cool, cinematic visuals and a mesmerising atmosphere. Thanks to a knack for humour and a bonafide love of film and literature, Aoife's showreel has a healthy dose of wit and the brains to match. Aoife first made her name as a director in the world of commercials, making spots for the likes of Nike, GQ and Becks to name a few, and has so far been decorated with two Clios, a Cannes Lion and an award at The Art Director's Club in Paris. Since venturing into the music video scene, Aoife has made waves with videos that include a hypnotic promo for Simian Mobile Disco and a stark picture of modern British life for Little Comets, which earned the RSSF Best Music Video title in 2011.
The video for Loop De Li, the first single from Avonmore, is now available to watch exclusively on Telegraph.co.uk. Directed by Aoife McArdle, it imagines a wealthy American Psycho-style character in Britain (played by Sam Woodhams) who lives a playboy lifestyle and violently murders his friends.
The disturbing video directed by Aoife McArdle is great, featuring what it looks like a-clockwork-orangy, sexually-ambiguous young Ferry.
"El videoclip de "Loop De Li" está dirigido por Aoife Mcardle, en cuyo currículo figura haber hecho clips para James Vincent McMorrow, Jon Hopkins, Simian Mobile Disco, Clock Opera, Anna Calvi o Little Comets. Con una ambientación muy cuidada nos presenta a un grupo de jóvenes con un comportamiento muy indulgente, que degenera en excesivo y que finalmente se les va de las manos y termina con trágicas consecuencias. Recuerda en algunos momentos la inquietante estética de la película del cineasta austriaco Michael Haneke, "Funny Games".
C'est le genre de chose qui peut arriver quand on donne carte blanche à quelqu'un : il y a un an, alors que James Vincent McMorrow sortait son album Post Tropical, il annonçait que les clips seraient réalisés par l'Irlandaise Aoife McArdle et qu'il s'agirait d'une trilogie.
The video was directed by Aoife McArdle, who has previously helmed offerings from the likes of Jon Hopkins, Beck and Anna Calvi, and was conceived as the first part of a trilogy.
Director: Aoife McArdle
"Desire" is the latest single from London-based singer-songwriter Anna Calvi's self-titled debut, out now on Domino. In the Aoife McArdle-directed visual companion, the guitar-slinging chanteuse shakes a house with her crescendos.
Ed è andata (benissimo) per il Texas, con un cortometraggio girato da Aoife McArdle, regista irlandese specializzata in pubblicità e videoclip, qua in una sorta di stato di grazia, alle prese con la vita di un paesino sperduto e con tutte le sue meravigliose banalità, con l'amicizia e con l'amore, quello semplice e luminoso, tra due ragazzini (interpretati da Brenden Reza e Gillian Vanderslice, entrambi texani purosangue).