Originally from Belfast, Carol Murphy studied Fine Art Painting at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and at the Ateliers ’63 and exhibited in Europe. An MA in Film Theory; film journalism for magazines such as Film Ireland, Flux Magazine and Filmwaves brought her on the road to short film production. Murphy produced the short films Automaton and Tell it to the Fishes with Dylan Moran.
After the 2006 Berlin Talent Campus, Murphy developed and produced internationally co produced shorts. In 2007 Murphy directed her short film Mustard, which premiered at The European Film Festival in Munich. In 2008 her music video, You Make Me Sick, premiered at The 5th London Short Film Festival at the ICA and she also attended the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory where she directed two short films.
Murphy has written, directed and produced numerous shorts. Painkiller is complete as part of the Collabor8te 2013 slate; The Dissenter was funded by NI Screen; and Nightclubbing won the RTÉ/Filmbase Short Film Award and the Ille De France Finishing Fund 2009.
Murphy attended the Script Development Programme at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam 2008/9 and Script & Pitch at the 2009 Turino Film Lab with her project Eugene which was also part of EAVE. She is currently developing two feature projects, both psychological thrillers, called The Body & Blood and Undeadable (working title). Murphy has also written and directed for theatre - Finbar’s Private Netherland was part of the 2011 Pop-Up Pick ‘N’ Mix Festival run by The Mac.
In 2012 Murphy completed a residency at Digital Arts Studios in Belfast where she made a body of fashion films, working with Let Them Eat Cake, Neu HQ, Blow fashion PR, and Blick Studios. She also established FUGi: The Fashion Filmmaker’s Blog. Her fashion film Mary Me Jimmy Paul vs My Bad Sister was part of Fashion Popcorn #6 at the London Short Film Festival 2013. Other fashion films include Dear John and Pegsworth.
Murphy organized, programmed, marketed and hosted a series of sold out live and online fashion film events at the Belfast Film Festival 2013 in partnership with the Belfast Film Festival, The British Council, Digital Arts Studios, Blick Studios, and Let Them Eat Cake fashion magazine.
Murphy teaches specialist film writing and making courses at Queens University Open Learning and Blick Studios, Belfast, where she also programmes and hosts creative industry events. She is a freelance visiting lecturer on the BA Film Studies and BA Architecture at Queens; at the University of Ulster; for YouthNet; at the Takeover Festival and as a presenter of general releases at the QFT ; and at the Foyle Film Festival in Derry.