Director. While studying physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. His first short film, “3 Joes”, won the Best European Short Film Award at the 1991 Cork Film Festival and the Organiser’s Award at the 1992 Oberhausen Short Film Festival.
Before making his feature-length debut, he directed numerous commercials for television. His “Adam & Paul” won the Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Sofia International Film Festival.
“Garage”, another collaboration with writer Mark O’ Halloran similarly to his debut, was selected for Director’s Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and won the CICAE Art and Essai award. The film also won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).
“What Richard Did”, his third feature, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was also selected for the 2012 BFI London Film Festival and the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
In his next feature Lenny cast Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. “Frank” premiered to great praise at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Lenny’s latest film, “Room”, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for which Brie Larson won and Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition, “Room” won the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, was one of the AFI Awards Movies of the Year, and appeared on numerous critics’ top ten lists.
Lenny is developing a number of projects including “The Little Stranger”, a film based on Sarah Waters’ novel, and “Neverhome”, an adaptation of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel.