John Butler

Academy Member

John Butler is the writer and director of the Irish box-office hit The Stag (2013) and Handsome Devil (2017). Butler also created the IFTA-winning TV sketch show Your Bad Self (2010) and wrote the novel The Tenderloin.

He returned to Ireland following a year working on TV shows in San Francisco and began working in RTE and TV3 across Television Promos. He then received his first big break directing the IFTA winning sketch show called Your Bad Self (2010) , starring many notable Irish Actors such as Domhall Gleeson and Amy Huberman. In 2013 he directed and wrote his first feature film The Stag, starring IFTA Winner Andrew Scott. Most recently Butler directed Handsome Devil which has received praise with ScreenDaily called it “immensely likeable”; the Hollywood Reporter said, “The sweetness, poignancy and breezy humour of this Emerald Isle bildungsroman also make it pretty darn impossible to resist.”

In 2018, Butler wrote and directed the comedy-drama feature film Papi Chulo. He was a writer and director on Stephen Merchant's crime thriller comedy series The Outlaws on BBC One and Amazon Prime Video.

Awards & Recognition

Handsome Devil
  • ADIFF,Best Irish Feature (2017)
The Stag
  • IFTA Nominated,Best Director (2013)
  • IFTA Nominated,Best Screenplay(2013)
Your Bad Self
  • IFTA Award,Best Entertainment (2011)

Key Credits

  • The Outlaws (2021)
  • Finding Joy (2020)
  • Papi Chulo (2018)
  • Handsome Devil (2017)
  • The Stag (2013)
  • Immaturity for Charity (2012)
  • Your Bad Self (2010)
  • George (2005)