Links to videos and audio produced by Enda Murray and Virus Media.

Taking Roots (Music) to Australia – An Irish and Ghanaian Celebration (2023)

In May 2023 Sydney’s Gaelic Club was the venue for a unique musical event that combined Irish and Ghanaian song and dance in a celebration of the connections between the two communities. The gig at the Gaelic Club in Devonshire Street was the culmination of a project that brought together Irish and African musicians who rehearsed and devised new material which combined Irish and African instruments and rhythms. Taking Roots (Music) to Australia is a short documentary that goes behind the scenes to explore this process.

Taking Roots (Music) to Australia also features interviews with the musicians which explore the experience of migration to Australia which is common to the performers from both cultures.

Directed by Enda Murray and Natalie O’Neill; Taking Roots (Music) to Australia premiered at the Irish Film Festival in Sydney in 2023.

Peaches Queen of Éireann (2022)

For many years Luke McCaul has been living the glamourous (and often outrageous!) life of the drag queen, Peaches Queen. Peaches has left her old life in Ireland far behind. This documentary follows her prepare to reconnect with her Irish roots.

Along the way we hear the heartwarming stories of Luke’s dad Malachy (a military man!) and Luke’s mum Pauline (who makes Luke’s costumes) and how they reconciled with their flamboyant son.

Directed by Enda Murray and Scarlett Potter; Peaches premiered at the Irish Film Festival in Sydney in 2022 before travelling to Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

Áine Tyrrell : Irish Troubadour (2021)

Áine Tyrrell : Irish Troubadour accompanies Irish-born, Australian-based singer songwriter Áine Tyrrell as she takes her new band to Australia’s biggest folk festival over New Year 2019-20.

The documentary covers the colourful fun and games of the iconic Woodford Folk Festival, but also explores the raw and inspiring back-story of Áine’s escape from domestic violence and her dream to be a working artist and mother. In pursuit of her dream, Áine buys a vintage bus and goes on the road in the Australian outback with her three children.

Songs of the Last Convict Ship (2020)

In January 1868, the last convict ship to Australia, The Hougoumont, sailed into Fremantle, Western Australia. On board were 62 Irish political prisoners who, the year before, had taken part in the Fenian rebellion. Over the course of the long sea journey the Irish prisoners published a newspaper – ‘The Wild Goose’, and held a series of five music concerts.

This is the story of that voyage told through extracts from two of the Irish prisoners’ diaries alongside the music they performed along the way. The music from the concerts was re-recorded by Sydney based musicians in July 2020.

A Lifetime of Stories (2019)

This documentary and web project tells the incredible life stories of Sydney’s Irish seniors. Dr Enda Murray used a workshop-based process including elements of creative writing, drama and music to draw out the fascinating tales of Pat Foley (RIP), Tomás de Bhaldraithe, Marion Reilly, Marie McMillan and Damien McCloskey.

Irish Film Festival trailer (2019)

Irish Film Festival trailer (2018)

Irish Film Festival trailer (2017)

Africultures Festival (2017)

Production and mentoring project with young people from the wider African community in Western Sydney. Features the Africultures Festival of African Culture.

Irish Film Festival trailer (2016)

Paddy Breathnach interview (2016)

Interview with Irish director Paddy Breathnach about his new feature film ‘Viva’ which screened at the Sydney Film Festival 2016 (for the entertainment website ‘Pop Planet’).

Bail All the People (2016)

Video clip for Irish songstress Áine Tyrrell shot on location at the Port Fairy Folk Festival 2016 in Victoria.

Áine Tyrrell ‘The Rising of the Moon’ (2016)

Áine Tyrrell’s version of ‘The Rising of the Moon’ was made to launch the new ‘Irish Australian Online Song Library’ website. The video was recorded in 2016 at Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney and features Áine Tyrrell and Nick Martin on uileann pipes.

Irish Film Festival trailer (2015)

Follow the Rainbow to Ireland (2015)

Behind the scenes on the Ireland float at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Parramatta Now (2015)

Engaged Research project with the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. Audience-participants shared their thoughts and reflections on the future of Parramatta via digital storytelling.

Refugee Week (2015)

Recent refugees to Australia share their experiences in participatory film workshops. They wrote, filmed and edited this short film (Password: refugeeweek2015)

The Dorothy Project (2014)

A series of films made in workshops with young indigenous and refugee children as part of Migration and mobility: the question of childhood in Chinese and European cinema. This project is an ARC Future Fellowship research project led by Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Future Fellow and Professor of Comparative Film and Cultural Studies, University of New South Wales. There are two series of films – one  produced by young Indigenous students in St. Vincent’s College, King’s Cross in Sydney and the other by students who are recent arrivals to Australia who attend Fairfield High School in Fairfield. Click here to watch.

Secret Family Recipes (2012)

I grew up in Ireland but left there in 1985 and finally settled in Sydney. I made this film because I wanted to explore what connects me to family, community and place in Ireland. What aspects of my Irishness would I pass on to my daughters in Australia? What parts would they want? In Secret Family Recipes the ritual baking of a family cake unlocks hidden stories of family, community and place.

Alive and Kicking Goals! (2011)

Suicide prevention video commissioned by Men¹s Health in Broome. This half-hour video focuses on the experiences of 3 members of the Broome Saints AFL club as it counsels young Aboriginal men in the Kimberley region about mental health. The video features the footie team¹s tour to Ireland in an innovative project which uses peer education to deliver vital information on health and wellbeing. This project is password protected. The password is “saintsalive” (29 minutes)

Boat-people flag-wrapping (2010)

This video presents traces of a muffled protest which spread from Cockatoo Island around Australia. As both sides of politics sought to profit by invoking fear of asylum seekers during the 2010 election campaign, invited friends and strangers across the nation to appear in public spaces in a collective display of dismay. The work was developed during the 2010 Cockatoo Island Artist Residency Program. Video produced by

Grandfather, teach me more Dreaming (2010)

Workshop based music project in Punmu Community, Western Desert, West Australia with Monkey Marc, Shannon Kennedy (Ozi Batla). 5 minutes.

Growing up with Cancer (2010)

5 minute promo for documentary about growing up with cancer (in production).

Mrs Murray’s Christmas Cake (2007)

A 2-minute digital story.

Stigmatised (2007)

Experimental theatre on young people’s experience of the mental health system. Co-written by James Winter. 14 Minutes.

Jammin’ in the Middle E (2006)

An Arab Australian comedy about family, fast cars and finding romance in Bankstown, Sydney. (Full program, 48 Minutes)

Habibi Jammin’ (2006)

Doco about being young and Arab in Sydney in 2006,

Dereb: Portrait of an Ethiopian Musician (2003)

Radio Doco. A peek into the life of a young Ethiopian exile as he plies his musical trade in the Sydney suburbs. 17 minutes.

Earthdreamers (Video Documentary, 2001)

Sydney musician Peter Strong as he joins forces with Earthdream, a group of international artists travelling across Australia to highlight issues of Aboriginal land rights, uranium and sustainable energy. 24 mins.

Earthdream (Radio Documentary, 2000)

Mad Max meets the Merry Pranksters in the red centre of Australia – It’s a road movie on the radio! 34 mins.

Road (2000)

Multi-award winning short drama made with Indigenous young people in Sydney’s inner-city Redfern.

Reclaim the Streets, Bexley, Sydney (1999)

Bexley Reclaim the Streets. This was an early 1999 protest about the construction of the M5. The man with the impressive quiff is the very talented Joel Salom.

Reel Irish (1998)

Reel Irish documents the hidden world of Irish dancing in Britain. The program reaches beyond the glamour of the Riverdance phenomenon to look at the experiences of the ordinary women who passed down their traditions through the generations.

Gaelic Girls (1997)

A witty and engaging documentary about a ladies Irish Rules (Gaelic) football team in Sydney which sheds light on four separate stories of female emigration.

Hulme experience (c1995)

Documents a huge party organized by Dogs of Heaven in Manchester to celebrate the razing of these squatted flats in Hulme. Sound system by DiY. Djs Digs & Whoosh.

Paint your own Bike Lane / News Unlimited (1995)

Very early Sydney bicycle activism circa 1995? The cop was hilarious – can’t see a cop being so polite now. Very happily, about 15 years later, South Sydney Council made this route one of the first bike lanes in Sydney so the action was very prophetic. This program was included on the news magazine, News Unlimited which published three issues from 1996 to 1998.

Please Help Us (1995)

Mongrel music video cut-up and bastardised briccolage of the Civil Liberties campaign in the UK in the time of Thatcher. Published in the news video magazine ‘Undercurrents’. ‘Undercurrents’ was an eco activist and social justice news magazine which was shot on digital video and distributed on VHS video tape. In the days before the internet.

Piece of the action (1994)

15 minute doco about the early days of rave in Coventry. Directed by Adi Dowling.

Sound System (1993)

Sound System explores the little known subculture of the British reggae sound system scene. The program follows veteran Birmingham dancehall crew Quaker City as they play out in Handsworth and features interviews with some of the major players in the British dancehall scene. 15 minutes.

DiY Brighton party (1993)

This one’s more of a pop video clip but I played out as a vj with these guys (DiY from Nottingham) at several momentous free parties (including Castlemorton 1992) so I have a soft spot for them. The track was called Hothead (1993) and was released on Warp. The video was shot at a free party somewhere near Brighton.

Implant Records, Coventry UK (1993)

In 1994 Coventry was the hub of a thriving music and arts scene, centring around the West Indian Club and the City Council funded Depot Studios. Several artists and musicians came together to release their dub flavoured techno under the banner of the Implant Collective. Two EP’s were released featuring the music of Noi, Dubotion, Krakatella, King Rizlah, Redbeard and The Transient Beings. The Implant Collective numbered Ian Carney, Jasper, Darren Wood, Sam Gibb, Enda Murray and several more lost to the mists of time. All 8 tracks from Implant can be heard here.

Kill the Bill (1993)

Video coverage of first anti-Criminal Justice Bill march/party from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. The Bill was introduced to outlaw raves in the months following the Castlemorton free party in May 1992.

Global Method / Vibe Tribe (1991)

Video Clip for Coventry rave band featuring Chris McGuigan, Nathan Joseph and Chris Dalton. 4 minutes.

Crossing the line (1989)

Filmskool film from St. Martin’s School of Art, shot on 16mm film. Features cool production design and great title sequence front and back which is almost as long as the film itself. Made by a nice bunch of people. Dedicated to Paul Bettell who was a gentleman.

Rope (1986)

Short drama shot in squat in Rotherhithe, South London. Stars Nicky Mallon as a depressed Irish immigrant whose days are bookended by popular tv shows.

Exile in the Kingdom (1985)

Seminal Drogheda punk band. 4 minutes.