Dathaí Keane is a freelance TV and film director. Born in 1978, he studied English and French in Trinity College, Dublin, and upon graduating he moved to America where he worked on a number of film sets in New Orleans, and with a New York news crew. On his return to Ireland he trained as an editor, and worked on various TV and film productions for the next ten years.
He began his directing career in 2006 and he has written and directed a number of award-winning documentary series including two seven-part bilingual docudramas on the 1916 Rising, Seachtar Na Cásca and Seachtar Dearmadta; both of which have screened across Europe and the United States.
In 2015 he created his first drama series, An Klondike, a four-part bilingual Western that he also directed and edited. The series was distributed internationally as Dominion Creek and was picked up by a number of international distributors including Netflix and Acorn TV in the US. An Klondike was also released in a theatrical version and was selected as the Closing Film of the Galway Film Fleadh in 2015. It has subsequently screened at film festivals in London, Luxembourg, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Rome.
An Klondike was nominated for ten awards at the 2016 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards (IFTAs) and went on to win five, including the prestigious award for Best Drama series. Dathaí was also nominated in the Best Director Drama category for his work on the series.
He recently completed work on the second season of An Klondike for which he was awarded the IFTA for Best Director Drama at the 2017 awards ceremony. He was also awarded the SDGI ‘Foras na Gaeilge’ Award in 2017 for Outstanding Contribution in Irish language to Film and TV. Dathaí is currently developing a new drama series for international audiences and will direct his first feature film in 2018 - Finky.