Treasa O’Brien is a filmmaker based in Ireland and London.

She also writes, teaches, curates and activates.

Memoirs of a Spacemother: An Astropoetic Sci Fi Essay Film is showing as an installation in the Making Space exhibition in the Galway Arts Festival 14 July- 31 August.

Town of Strangers (Ireland, 2018, 82mins) is her second feature documentary.  It is a hybrid documentary, made in collaboration with residents of a small Irish town living between two cultures, with Joshua Oppenheimer as creative advisor. Read more about Town of Strangers here >>

The Blow-in (Ireland/Germany, 2016, 9mins) a precursor to Town of Strangers, has screened at several international festivals and was nominated for Best Film Award at Exile Film Festival, Paris.

In 2015-16, Treasa made several short films working with people seeking refuge including Noor at Mytilini Port (Ireland/Greece, 2016, 6mins) selected for BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Berlin British Short Film Festival and Wanda Festival of Moving Image Belfast 2017.

Eat Your Children (Ireland, 2015, 78mins), a feature documentary co-directed with Mary Jane O’Leary, is a road trip film about austerity, politics and (un)popular resistance in Ireland, and has been touring in Ireland since its premiere at Dublin International Film Festival in 2015 and has been shown in Athens and New York.

Her debut short fiction film N25 won Best Director at the NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts festival in BFI (2010) and was bought for broadcast by RTE ShortScreen.

Treasa is the founder of Stinging Hornet Films, under which she produces her own films and some co-productions and collaborative projects. Her films have screened in the Lebanon, Greece, Mexico, Palestine, Italy, Germany, France, UK, USA & Ireland.

As a film curator, she has curated film programmes and moderated panels for Tate Modern, Frames of Representation ICA, London Short Film Festival, Club des Femmes, BFI and others. She was Executive Director of London Open City Documentary Festival 2012-14, and is a co-curator of London Essay Film Festival 2015-18.

Treasa has written on art and film for Circa, Visual Artists Ireland, Film Ireland, Oberhausen Catalogue, Filmmakers Journal, Sight & Sound, and edited a book and DVD on experimental filmmaker Vivienne Dick.

She has lectured on film in Goldsmiths, Westminster University, UCL, Birkbeck, UCD, Filmbase and Huston School of Film NUIG. She studied film directing at Goldsmiths London (MA), and visual art in Limerick School of Art & Design (BA).  She has a PhD in Film by Practice, exploring documentary as a performative act, with full scholarship at Westminster University 2014-18.  She has been a participant of ESoDoc, IDFA Academy and Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.


Contact Treasa by email on treasaobrienis(at)