Cashel’s Paul Duane on the road to Hollywood

Millions tuned in to RTE’s drama ‘Amber’ - eagle eyed viewers might have spotted a familiar name in the credits : coproducer Paul Duane.

Millions tuned in to RTE’s drama ‘Amber’ - eagle eyed viewers might have spotted a familiar name in the credits : coproducer Paul Duane.

A Cashelman, the son of Mary and the late Paddy Duane, Bank Place, he is making waves in the film world not just here in Ireland but also in Hollywood where he was recently on the top guest list at an invitation only lunch hosted by actor Jonah Hill.

The 47 year old is listed as one of the ten directors to watch in 2014 according to Variety, the film industry’s influential trade magazine.

Paul grew up in Bank Place where his father ran a B&B and a motoring school, his mother was a nurse. Like most of his peers he received his education in the Boys NS on the Green and the Christian Brothers Primary and Secondary schools on the Golden Road where classmates included Declan Fahie, Jack Feehan, Alex Davern and David Barry. On leaving school he went to Dublin where he attended art college which had a film course and it was enough to set him on his journey.

Paul’s first success came with a short film ‘My Dinner with Oswald’ which opened the door to work as a director in British television. For eight years in London he directed episodes of popular series like Casualty, Footballers Wives and The Royal. He has a pragmatic attitude to his pending success in America, only too well aware that the euphoria of recognition can descend into nothing ever becoming of it, but it has allowed him to go out there and meet influential people and if all else fails Palm Springs in January wasn’t so bad. As for ‘Amber‘ - when pushed about her fate when interviewed by Ryan Tubridy, Duane answered that she was dead and as the story had repeated references to water imagery the implication was that Amber was somewhere in the water. The series has already been shown on Netflix America and is to be screened on BBC Four in February, several companies are competing to produce it for American TV.