Anna Rodgers is a documentary director and producer who over the past 12 years has received numerous awards and critical recognition for her work. She specialises in working on sensitive subjects and social issues, as well as music and culture.
Anna is currently working on a documentary for RTE focussing on the issue of early school leaving with former Mountjoy Prison governor John Lonergan provisionally titled “Lonergan's School Principles.” Prior to this Anna produced and directed MND: The Inside Track which brought the audience on a quest for a cure for motor neurone disease with the much loved sports broadcaster Colm Murray, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2010. It was described by The Irish Times as “inspiring and chastening, poignant but not sentimental.“ Broadcast a month later, she also produced/ filmed No Laughing Matter – a documentary on breast cancer with Anne Gildea. The Times called it “an honest, unflinching film.“
Her debut feature documentary “Today is better than two tomorrows” follows the lives of two 11 year old boys coming of age in Laos, South East Asia. It was selected for over twenty festivals worldwide including Full Frame, Vancouver International Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Canberra International Film Festival and Thessaloniki and was Highly Commended at the Radharc Awards in 2010. This film also won Best Documentary at the Inaugural Luang Prabang International Film Festival. It was described by Slant Magazine as “a confident and elegiac first entry by a filmmaker on the rise.“
Anna’s short documentary “If these walls could talk“ captures the forgotten voices of long stay psychiatric patients in closed hospital wards. It screened at over 20 events around the world including Expresion En Corto and Silverdocs. At Stranger than Fiction 2010 it won Best Short Film. It also won Best Documentary at The Kerry Film Festival in 2010 and Best Short Film at Thin Line Film Festival, Denton Texas 2011.
Anna produced the feature documentary “The Yellow Bittern – the life and times of Liam Clancy” (Nominated IFTA – Best Feature) which has been released theatrically and on DVD. In 2008 she produced the concert film in New York “Liam Clancy and Friends: Live at The Bitter End” featuring Shane MacGowan, Odetta and tom Paxton. She also worked as researcher/production manager on The Legend of Liam Clancy (IFTA – Best Television Series)
In terms of her work in LGBT rights, she recently co-wrote and co-directed an online AD for BeLonG To’s Stand Up campaign which has been viewed by over 1 million people on youtube, shared all over the world on various sites, broadcast in Ireland and Australia and used in schools to educate young people. It was Highly Commended by Unesco. Anna produced and filmed Growing up Gay for RTÉ, a series on the lives of 8 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young people. It won a Gay and Lesbian Award for Event of the Year in 2010, and Best Irish Television Show with Entertainment.ie in 2011.
Her most recent short documentary “Hold on Tight“ was the winner of the Absolut GAZE filmmakers award and was opening night film at the GAZE festival in 2011. It went on to be Highly Commended at the Iris Prize and has been been selected to screen on PBS in America. It won second prize at the ICCL Human Rights Film awards 2012.
Anna started her career as a researcher and production manager, and worked for Alan Gilsenan on delicate series such as “The Hospice“ (IFTA – Best Television Series) and “The Asylum“ filmed in St. Ita's Psychiatric Hospital.