Julie’s vision for driving stories from their initial concept through to the screen sees her working across all stages of productions, from development through financing, recruitment, physical production, delivery, distribution and licensing.
Julie has helped to craft over 200 hours of award-winning film and television in the course of her 21-year career. She has worked internationally across a diverse range of genres – studio flagships Game of Thrones and Highlander: Endgame; 130 episodes of kids’ TV; indie movies such as Young Adam; drama specials like Small Island; costume dramas such as The Wyvern Mystery, along with long-running Sunday evening staples such as Monarch of the Glen.
Equally skilled on both the creative and business sides of screen production she ensures the schedule, budget and resources deliver only the very highest on-screen production values.
She founded Lacada Entertainment in 2016 to focus on great screen storytelling.
Lacada’s first long-form project, Counsel, the story of an alpha female barrister who complicates her professional and personal life when she falls for a young client. recently completed its run on BBC iplayer, where it was the Sunday Times' Critic's Choice.
The Climb is being extremely well received at international film festivals, most recently being selected for Toronto Irish Film Festival. It was picked up by Aer Lingus, where it aired on their in-flight entertainment in autumn 2017.
Sparrow started 2018 on a high, winning Audience Choice Award at Film Devour and being selected for the prestigious Women in Film and TV short film showcase, while A Sign of Things for RTE Storyland reached the number 1 slot on RTE player.
My Favourite Paul and Skinny, produced through Northern Ireland Screen's Access Shorts scheme in 2019, have just started their international film festival runs.
Proudly based in Belfast, Julie is passionate about inspiring the next generation of Northern Ireland filmmakers. She lectures part time in Interactive and Creative Media at NRC and sits on external steering groups to ensure further and higher education is aligned with employers’ needs.
She is the founder of the Northern Ireland Short Film Awards (affectionately known as The Nordies), and is the facilitating producer for NI Screen’s Networkshops – a series of week-long expert-led mini film schools across the animation, drama and factual sectors.
Julie has been a Northern Ireland film and tv mentor for Screen Skills since 2017.