Ireland, 2023

Director: Gary Lennon, Ollie Aslin; screenplay: Gary Lennon, Ollie Aslin; cinematography: Mark Garrett; editing: Iseult Howlett; music: Anna Rice; producers: Gillian Callan, Gary Lennon, Niamh Fagan, Andrew Reid; production company: Gambit Pictures. Irish location: Mount Lurigethan, Northern Ireland

Running time: 80’

With Cathal McNaughton


The life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Cathal McNaughton, who quit “the best job in the world” at the peak of his career aged just 40. Through this intimate narrative film, we learn of his courageous work in the field in some of the world’s most harrowing trouble spots. We find Cathal at a time of deep reflection. His obsession with his art, drove him away from his family and son. As he rebuilds personal relationships in his now almost monastic life, far from the adrenaline-filled front line, he is challenged by the demons of his past.


Gary Lennon has been a director and producer for over 15 years. Before I Dream in Photos, he directed three documentaries feature, A Doctor’s Sword (2014), Castro’s Spies (2020) and Piano Dreams (2022). In addition to these features, Gary has produced or directed numerous TV productions in Ireland and Europe.