John Carney was born in Dublin in 1972 and began his film career writing, producing and directing two award-winning short films (Shining Star and Hotel) and directing videos for Irish band The Frames, with whom he also played bass guitar from 1991 to 1994. His first feature film, November Afternoon – a self-financed black and white production – was voted Best Feature of 1997 by the Irish Times. His next film was an hour-long TV film Just in Time, starring Frances Barber and Gerard McSorley. The Irish Times voted it Best TV Film of 1998. He subsequently co-wrote and directed On the Edge, starring Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea, for Universal Studios. It won the Silver Hitchcock Award for Best Film at the 2001 Dinard Film Festival. He then co-created, wrote/directed three series of the hit RTÉ television series Bachelors Walk, which is the most successful independently produced drama in the history of Irish television.