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DIT confers Hon Doc on John Moore, Film Director

Posted: 17 November, 2015

DIT graduate and Hollywood film director John Moore was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate on Saturday “ in recognition of his outstanding achievements in cinema and the arts”.

Film director John Moore, who was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate, with DIT graduates at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The honour was conferred in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the graduation ceremony for DIT students of media, film and broadcasting, game development, public relations, drama, music performance, film score composition, and commercial modern music.   Moore, who was born in Dundalk, studied communications at the College of Commerce in Rathmines (now part of Dublin Institute of Technology).  Graduating in 1990, he began his film-making career directing commercials and short films, including the award-winning short “He Shoots, He Scores” which won Best Short Film in 1995 at festivals in Berlin, Brest, Ludwigsburg and the Galway Film Fleadh.  He worked abroad in South Africa, London and the USA before being offered a contract to direct his first major Hollywood film, Behind Enemy Lines, which starred Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson.  He has since gone on to direct many major box office successes, including The Omen and A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis.  

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Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, confers Honorary Doctorate on film director John Moore

In his citation, Director and Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, John O’Connor described Moore’s early introduction to photography in primary school;  how he developed his craft as a director; and how it led him to Hollywood and international success.  He added, “Now, with several major films in his repertoire, John Moore remains a firm believer in the principle of giving opportunity where you can and of helping the next generation to move forward with their careers, so they can achieve all that they are capable of achieving….. This is something that particularly resonates with us as educators.”

 

John Moore, pictured with his mother Geraldine, at the conferring ceremony in St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Conferring the Award, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, said John Moore is a most worthy standard bearer for DIT students who are embarking on their own careers.  “As a student John Moore was already fascinated by film, by its possibilities as a means of story-telling, by the energy of an emerging Irish film industry.  He and his classmates  used their ingenuity to stretch limited budgets and resources to make innovative work.  John has since gone on to make action films his art form, working with huge budgets, with actors who are household names and garnering worldwide audiences that are counted in the millions!  We are delighted to recognise his very considerable achievements and to welcome  him back to DIT.”

Following the ceremony, John Moore returned to a reception on the Aungier Street campus where he met with graduates and their parents, and with DIT colleagues, some of whom had taught him during his studies in Rathmines.