Jak Madden embarking upon the film industry.
From humble Co. Down beginnings to the bright lights of Cannes, Jak Madden is already making his mark on the movie industry in the very short while he has been making pictures. The Newry-born director has always loved the art of film making, however, thought it would remain a pipe dream until he took a bold chance last summer.
Hailing from the Dublin Road in the Border City, Madden loved recreating iconic movie scenes, with an old camera and willing extended family members, as a youngster. This excited a young Jak but as he grew, so too did his skepticism for a successful directing career and as a result he decided to study a Chartered Surveying degree “as a safer route.” However, upon seeing Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”, Madden had made his mind up and emailed his uni to inform them he wouldn’t be returning to the course.
Having been working in London for the past year with other aspiring creatives, Jak said “I finally had the confidence to produce and direct my own short film – Sole.” The poignant movie highlights consumers’ disposable attitudes as a result of retailing superbrands and was showcased at the Cannes Short Film Corner 2012 where it received critical acclaim. From such a platform, Madden was then hired to produce an Irish national commercial, which aired during the breaks of Euro 2012. Another accolade to Madden’s growing profile is one closer to home, the Newry Film Festival 2012. The inaugural event has nominated Madden, which he humbled to be shortlisted for, “I’m honoured to be chosen and to represent my home city in its own Festival is a fantastic feeling. The scale of the ad production and the Cannes exposure has cemented Jak’s faith in himself and it has confirmed “that he had made the right decision in becoming a filmmaker.”
As a result of his “obsession for perfection and his ability to engage the audience through his story telling [which] was second to none,” the late Stanley Kubrick is Jak’s directorial hero. However Madden’s own impact on the industry in such a short period combined with him currently setting up his own production company, ‘Backyard Workshop’ may result in Jak being someone’s idol in the future. All of a sudden the ‘risky film industry’ may have been the safe option all along…