Brian O Leary

Based between Dublin, Bristol and Amsterdam

I split my time between working on blue-chip natural history documentaries and also high-end historical documentaries, both in as an Assistant Producer and Director of Photography. Most notably, on the multi-award-winning, Emmy nominated Wild Ireland -The Edge of The WorldThe Game - The Story of Hurling and The Hunger: The Story of The Irish Famine.  

My experience thus far has allowed me to develop an extensive knowledge of 4K shooting in both observational and stylised approaches, on a wide variety of cameras including the Arri Amira, RED Dragon, Sony FS7-FX9, Sony F55, Canon C700, Phantom 4K Flex, and the Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 Drones. 

I have an EU driving license, am experienced in off-road driving, and am a qualified drone operator.


The Hunger - The Story Of The Irish Famine                   2019/2020

Big Bend - America's Wildest Frontier                                      2019

Europe's New Wild                         Nat Geo Wild, PBS            2018   

The Game - The Story of Hurling  RTÉ                                      2018

A Wild Irish Year                              RTÉ                                     2018

Wild Ireland                                     BBC Two, PBS, ORF, TG4  2017

The Farthest                                    PBS, Theatrical Release     2017   

What Makes My Day                      RTÉ  Junior                          2017

Wild Cities                                      RTÉ                                       2016

Recent Work


Emre Izat | Head of Non Fiction - Netflix

'Brian is an absolute gem of a find - he has a phenomenal work ethic, a natural eye, and an insatiable appetite for improvement. He also has the best attitude in the field, suffers through biting insects and scalding sun with a broad smile and a song on his lips. I would work with him again in a heartbeat.'

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