Byron McNally’s debut feature film (as a Co-Executive Producer and Casting Director) ‘Butterfly Kisses’ (2017) was nominated at a host of illustrious film festivals worldwide before winning the ‘Crystal Bear’ for best film in the Generation section of the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2018 - as an Executive Producer - McNally’s short film ‘Wren Boys’ (2017) was nominated at BAFTA, Sundance, BIFA, SXSW, and Hong Kong International Film Festival. ‘Wren Boys’ also won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Oscar qualifying festival – Galway Film Fleadh.
McNally also produced ‘The Nightmare on Deskteeth Street’ (2016) which was nominated at BFI Film Festival, London Film Festival, Aesthetica, and Dublin International Film Festival, and directed by ‘Jury Prize’ Sundance winning Director Dylan Holmes-Williams.
Moreover, he was the Executive Producer of the short film ‘Stilts’ (2019) - also directed by Holmes-Williams- which was commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts. It was programmed by Film4 and premiered before previews of Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse at UK cinemas. Its’ international premiere was at Slamdance 2021. That same year McNally was awarded ‘Rising Star of the Year’ by the South African Chamber of Commerce in London.
In 2020, McNally teamed up with Heyday Films Development Exec Anna Hargreaves to produce the rom-horror ‘Aftertaste’, starring Jessica Brown Findlay (‘Black Mirror’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Harlots’) and Joe Dempsie (‘Skins’, ‘Game of Thrones’). The film premiered at Frightfest, was selected at Grimfest and PanicFest, and was also part of the London Short Film Festival programme.
McNally is currently co-producing a feature film with Producer Andy Paterson (‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’, ‘The Railway Man’), written by BAFTA Rocliffe winner Roland Walters, and with Olivia Hetreed (‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’, ‘Wuthering Heights’) as an Executive Producer. The film is an adaptation of ‘Wodwo’ by acclaimed British novelist Mark Haddon. He is also developing another screenplay that Walters is writing for a climate change thriller with Netflix and Apple TV director James Morgan.
Furthermore, McNally has been slated to produce a behind-the-scenes documentary that will give unprecedented access to production on Michael Mann’s up-coming ‘Ferrari’ which stars Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz. McNally has also successfully raised a one-million-pound horror-thriller set in Mauritius due to a shoot in 2023 (also being written by Roland Walters).
In addition to his achievements in the narrative world, McNally has produced high-end television commercials for the likes of Bentley, Under Armour, Square Payment, Selfridges, ITV, Peugeot, Volvic, HelloFresh, and Volkswagen (to name but a few), working alongside production companies including Ridley Scott Associates, Partizan, Park Village Studios, and FRIEND London.