Enda Murray: bio

enda_picEnda Murray is an award winning filmmaker with 25 years experience in program making having worked in Ireland, England, Europe, USA and Australia. Educated at Trinity College Dublin and St. Martin’s School of Art in London, and with a PhD from the University of Western Sydney, he has written, produced and directed several drama and documentary programs which explore issues surrounding communities and popular culture.

His latest documentary Secret Family Recipes explores his personal connection with his family and his ties to Ireland, his country of birth.

Previous films include Sound System about Jamaican sound systems in Birmingham for Central TV in 1994 , Gaelic Girls about Irish women emigrants playing Irish rules football in Sydney in 1997 and Reel Irish about three generations of Irish dancers in Britain in 1998. With his own production company, Virus Media, he co-produced Road , an award-winning drama made collaboratively with young Aboriginal people in Sydney ( Road was presented to the French government by the Australian Federal government as part of the Baudin cultural bequest in 2002). He also produced an on-line youth arts portal for young Palestinians and has written and produced three radio documentaries for ABC Radio Eye – Earthdreamers , about a travelling techno music circus, Wired Palestine about the use of the internet in the Middle East Conflict and Dereb – a profile of an Ethiopian musician living in Sydney.

Previous to coming to Australia in 1996, Enda Murray produced broadcast documentary for Central Television in the UK and RTE in Ireland. He was active in the activist video magazine Undercurrents, an alternative news service which won several international media awards and also produced and directed numerous social justice campaign films.

In 2006, Enda Murray devised and produced a short feature film called Jammin’ in the Middle E and a documentary called Bankstown Habib which both feature the Arabic community in Western Sydney. These projects were supported by the Australian Film Commission, New South Wales Film and Television Office, Australia Council for the Arts and NSW Ministry for the Arts and screened on SBS television.

Enda Murray is a pioneer of live vjaying and has performed at clubs and raves both legal and dodgy from Wolverhampton to Woolloomooloo including the Hacienda in Manchester, Heaven and Megadog in London and the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts.