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Tile Films are an established HD factual documentary production company, specialising in innovative, Irish and international documentaries and series about people, history, religion, art, culture and travel. The company was founded in 1989 by Stephen Rooke, one of Ireland's leading documentary filmmakers. The focus is on programmes which entertain and educate and have universal appeal. 

Stephen Rooke

Stephen Rooke founded Tile Films Ltd. in 1989, after obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Media Production from Bournemouth Film School in the U.K. Stephen is Managing Director of the company and the leader of a vibrant production team that brings a mix of creative and production skills to the film-making process. Over the last seventeen years, Stephen has gained a reputation as one of Ireland's leading documentary/factual programme-makers. He has directed/produced over 100 television documentaries, including two documentary/drama series, fifteen documentary/factual series, six one-off documentaries and a television drama series. Stephen's television work has been seen on over 40 channels throughout the world, including RTE, TG4, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, The History Channel, France 5 and SBS Australia click here for a full list.

Stephen produced and directed the critically acclaimed international HD documentary series, The Lost Gods , exploring the spectacular art, architecture and forgotten gods of six ancient world religions, Heaven on Earth , which looked at six major world religions through their art and architecture. He was also the producer and director of a 6 x 52 minute HD series Decoding Christianity series for TG4 Ireland, S4C Wales, Vision TV Canada and Smithsonian Networks USA.. He was executive producer of Cromwell in Ireland the 2009 IFTA award winning documentary. He is now busy at work directing the series “Waterways - The Final Journey.
As Managing Director Stephen has overall responsibility for the future development of the company.

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David Ryan

David has worked as a writer/ researcher for Tile Films since 2005, while also working intermittently for other television production companies. He works both in development and production, specialising in historical documentaries, and has researched some of Tile’s landmark projects, including the IFTA-winning Cromwell in Ireland (which he co-wrote), the acclaimed series a Chónaigh i moTheachsa? (series 1 and 2), the epic 6 x 52 minute series Decoding Christianity, Death or Canada and The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut. He also wrote and directed the ‘Howth Castle’ programme in Series 2 of a Chónaigh i moTheachsa? (2012).

David is also a freelance historian, and has published articles on aspects of 18th and 19th-century Irish history. His first full-length book, Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs, the definitive study of the elite ‘hellfire clubs’ of 18th-century Ireland, was published by Merrion Books in 2012.

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Laura Danaher

Laura holds a BA in English and Media Communications from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and an MA in TV and Radio Production from NUIMaynooth.

Soon after graduating from her Masters in 2009, she began working as part of the production team in Tile Films on projects like, 'Fág an Bealach' and the 'Cé a Chonaigh i mo Theachsa?' series for TG4 and 'The End of Ageing' for RTÉ.

In 2012 she was Production Co-Ordinator on 'A Terrible Beauty...' for TG4 and which has been screened across the UK and US.

She also gained experience with other production companies on programmes like 'Entrepreneur of the Year', 'Welcome to my World', 'Sharp Dress Man' and 'Meet the Neighbours' with Loosehorse Ltd, and 'ICA Bootcamp' with Independent Pictures.

Laura returned to Tile Films in August 2013 to production manage 'The Mystery of the Lost Ship' which was for TG4 and Channel 5 in UK.
In 2014 she was Production Manager on 'After Braveheart' for RTÉ, and BBC Scotland and BBC NI and The Lazy Chef for TV3.
Laura is currently the Production Manager on 'Death or Liberty', a co-production with Roar Film Australia for TG4, S4C in Wales and ABC Australia.  

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Róisín Phelan

Róisín joined Tile Films in August 2014 and has acted as an assistant researcher for the major forthcoming documentary series “Sacred Sites of the World” and as a PA for “Death or Liberty”, an Irish-language docu-drama about the Irish and Welsh convicts who were transported to Australia in the 19th century. Róisín is looking forward to bringing her interests in history and archaeology to Tile’s future projects. Róisín holds a BA (Hons) in History and Archaeology from UCC and a M.A. (Hons) in Radio and Television Production from NUIMaynooth.

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Maggie Fagan

After achieving a BA (Hons) in Film Production from the University of Central Lancashire, Maggie interned with Octagon Films on the award-winning television drama series “Love/Hate” before working as a videographer for Ess Magazine in Manchester and I Love Film Magazine in Toronto.  Since joining Tile Films in September 2014, Maggie has worked as a PA on "Death or Liberty", a major docudrama series about Irish and Welsh convicts in 19th-century Australia and "After Braveheart", a medieval history docudrama due to TX on RTE and BBC in 2015. She is looking forward to working on future projects.

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  • "This was smart and well researched, and rattled along at a fair old clip"

    - Cé A Chónaigh I Mo Theachsa? (Series 1) (10th Nov 2010) - [link]

  • "(Christy) Kenneally’s poetic script, combined with startlingly beautiful and fluid photography, delicately excavates the stories behind the Greeks and Romans, the Maya, the Inca and the Celts. ... in a world of tyrants and theocracies the series provides a timely reminder of our past."

    - The Lost Gods (4th Feb 2006)

  • "He [Magan] is genuinely delighted to chat to every interviewee and truly impress by everything he sees and learns."

    - Cé A Chónaigh I Mo Theachsa? (Series 1) (10th Nov 2010) - [link]

  • "A stunning new production ‘Aerial Ireland’ by Tile Films will air on be3 on Monday 9th January at 9pm. Originally directed and produced for the Smithsonian Channel USA by award winning filmmaker Stephen Rooke of Tile Films (Waterways, Saving the Titanic), the premiere of ‘Aerial Ireland’ will air as a landmark programme to celebrate the launch of TV3 Group’s newest channel."
    » by Iftn about Aerial Ireland (5th Jan 2017) - [link]

  • ""Wrecking the Rising" received a great review in The Herald today. See below for a snippet: "Despite the fantastical concept, Wrecking The Rising stays just the right side of all-out irreverence. Any budgetary constraints are overcome by Phelan's irresistibly clever and funny script (there's a great recurring gag about Joe Duffy). The three stars are marvellous too, creating characters that are immediately warm, likeable and believable. Once again TG4 has trumped the big guys and worked miracles on the paltry €6.71 it receives from every licence fee.""
    » by The Herald about Wrecking The Rising (Éirí Amach Amú) (25th Apr 2016)

  • "Tile Films "Paramedics" was given a great review by Liam Fay of the Sunday Times. See below for a snippet of wrote: "Tile Films has drawn together an impressively diverse wealth of stories that speak volumes about contemporary Irish society. Encompassing everything from sports-related injuries to heroin overdoses, a day in the life of an ambulance staffer proovides an eloquent running commentary about the way we live now. Like the paramedics, the series is calm, purposeful and sharp-eyed. There's no shape-throwing or sensationalism, no attempt to use patients as tear-jerking props. " Don't miss the next episode of "Paramedics" this Thursday at 9pm on TV3"
    » by The Sunday Times about Paramedics (10th May 2015)

  • ""TG4's Déithe na Spéire (The Gods of the Sky), made by award winning Tile Films, features new findings that suggest a shower of meteorites helped Christian monks to convert the pagan masses in ancient times. Experts, such as Celtic scholar Patrick McCafferty, explain how ancient Irish people changed from worshipping gods in the earth to gods in the sky - and eventually this helped bishops like St Patrick convert them to the new Christian Church. " See Déithe na Spéire on TG4 on Wednesday February 4th at 9.30pm"
    » by The Irish Daily Star about Sacred Sites: Ireland (2nd Feb 2015)

  • ""A Terrible Beauty," its title taken from a famous poem by W.B. Yeats and premiering at 8 p.m. Friday 26th September and 3 p.m. Sunday the 28th September at the Siskel Film Center, is a docudrama of extraordinary power. It is about bullets flying and bodies falling, but it will capture you on a deeply personal level."
    » by Chicago Tribune about A Terrible Beauty/Áille An Uafáis (13th Oct 2014) - [link]

  • "A Terrible Beauty 1916-2016 is an ongoing project which has grown out of the TG4 docudrama A Terrible Beauty/Áille an Uafáis which dealt with events during the 1916 Easter Rising from a fresh and unbiased perspective. It is a "Living History" project that will consist of a digital portal for the stories of the participants and living relative of those involved in the Rising in Dublin, including those who led the fight for Irish freedom, those who opposed it, and those - both the famous and unknown - who were caught up in its wake. It will chronicle and preserve vital individual stories as a resource for all."
    » by Tile Media about A Terrible Beauty/Áille An Uafáis (10th Jun 2014) - [link]

  • "YOU won't have seen a better film about the 1916 Rising this Easter, and won't see one any other Easter, than A Terrible Beauty. Pat Stacey"
    » by The Evening Hearld about A Terrible Beauty/Áille An Uafáis (22nd Apr 2014) - [link]

  • "‘What a remarkable film, 'A Terrible Beauty'. The Irish language with sub-titles, the even-handed portrayal of both sides, the documentary style with the personal stories and the archive film footage and the close-up horror of death. It was gripping - without the 'Hollywood' style 'glamorising' of war.’ Ann Towey, Irish Diaspora Foundation."
    » by The Irish World Heritage Centre about A Terrible Beauty/Áille An Uafáis (9th Dec 2013)

  • "A Terrible Beauty Directed by Keith Farrell A brilliantly shot, big budget, drama-documentary about the men and women of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 told from both sides."
    » by Crystal Palace International Film Festival about A Terrible Beauty/Áille An Uafáis (28th Nov 2013) - [link]

  • "A Terrible Beauty is a measured and very impressive docu-drama. The unobtrusive English narration is by Peter Coonan (Fran the Man from Love/Hate), but a particularly effective way of telling the story is to have the actors, in character, tell the tales of the people they portray: the testimonies are taken from a wide range of sources and give a voice to the vivid human drama. Indeed, the dramatic reconstructions in A terrible beauty set the bar high for the documentaries that are bound to follow over the next few years. "
    » by History Ireland about A Terrible Beauty/Áille An Uafáis (2nd Jul 2013)

  • "If you only planned to watch one more programme on the subject, Saving the Titanic was the one that stood above all others this week"
    » by The Evening Hearld about Saving The Titanic (14th Apr 2012) - [link]

  • "This was smart and well researched, and rattled along at a fair old clip"
    » by The Sunday Times about Cé A Chónaigh I Mo Theachsa? (Series 1) (10th Nov 2010) - [link]

  • "He [Magan] is genuinely delighted to chat to every interviewee and truly impress by everything he sees and learns."
    » by The Sunday Times about Cé A Chónaigh I Mo Theachsa? (Series 1) (10th Nov 2010) - [link]

  • "This powerful docudrama from the makers of Cromwell in Ireland is a tale of extreme heroism and courage"
    » by Tv Now about Death Or Canada (30th Nov 2008)

  • "With dramatic reconstructions of the family's plight, this touching documentary is a brilliant and accurate account."
    » by The Sun about Death Or Canada (24th Nov 2008)

  • ". . lavish re-enactments, CGI and excellent direction by Maurice Sweeney."
    » by The Sunday Business Post about Cromwell In Ireland (14th Sep 2008)

  • "This determined, feisty and invigorating programme outlined Cromwell's short and brutal military campaign in Ireland in the mid-17th century, a nine-month orgy of violence during which an estimated 500,000 people were shot, piked, starved or sliced by a God-fearing Puritan army or left homeless and feverish to die by the bloodied roadside."
    » by The Irish Times about Cromwell In Ireland (13th Sep 2008)

  • "Cromwell in Ireland . . takes an in-depth look at the man and his deeds. Combining interviews with a range of historians, dramatic re-enactments and cutting edge effects, the programme portrays an obsessive, brutal, fanatic who cut a violent swathe through Ireland with a bible in one hand and bloodied sword in another."
    » by The Irish Independent about Cromwell In Ireland (6th Sep 2008)

  • "These events, at a time when Canada was still a fledgling colony, and the population of Toronto a mere 20,000 people, certainly deserve a high-profile treatment"
    » by The Irish Times about Death Or Canada (29th Jan 2008)

  • "This excavation, employing poignant archive and contributions from historians and survivors across three continents, also looked at the lives established by ‘Ireland’s Nazis’ while sorjourning in our nascent State"
    » by The Irish Times about Ireland's Nazis (20th Jan 2007)

  • "Directed by Keith Farrell, Ireland’s Nazis looked, sounded and moved more like a pacy espionage thriller."
    » by The Sunday Times about Ireland's Nazis (7th Jan 2007)

  • "By dextrously blending academic instruction with the conventions of fantasy television, the series succeeded in imbuing old stories with new life… In the current global climate, the series provides a useful eye-opener to those who believe that religious doctrines are carved in stone."
    » by The Sunday Times about The Lost Gods (19th Feb 2006)

  • "(Christy) Kenneally’s poetic script, combined with startlingly beautiful and fluid photography, delicately excavates the stories behind the Greeks and Romans, the Maya, the Inca and the Celts. ... in a world of tyrants and theocracies the series provides a timely reminder of our past."
    » by The Irish Times about The Lost Gods (4th Feb 2006)

  • "Fast moving, however, does not even begin to describe the pace of the highly ambitious and well-made Na Déithe Caillte: The Lost Gods…with its blend of computer graphics and speeded cameras – a nice counterbalance to the conversational intimacy of narrator and scriptwriter Christy Kenneally"
    » by The Village Magazine about The Lost Gods (12th Jan 2006)