ART DIRECTOR PHILIP MURPHY worked as Art Director on Jump!, centered on the 1928 unjust murder trail of the world-renowned photographer, Philippe Halsam, starring Ben Silverstone, Patrick Swayze and Martin McCutcheon, directed by Joshua Sinclair. Journey to Mecca marks his second film crediting him as Art Director and is his seventh film shot in Morocco.
Previously in Morocco Murphy worked on the television productions The 10 Commandments, The Seventh Scroll and Shaka Zulu: The Citadel in addition to the feature films Legionnaire with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and The Hills Have Eyes II directed by Martin Weisz and Prisoners of the Sun starring John Rhys-Davies. The fact that he speaks Arabic makes him a "must-have" Morocco crew member.
Most recently he completed the novel-based drama, City of Ember, starring Bill Murray and Tom Robbins directed by Gil Kenan and produced by Tom Hanks. Among his earlier credits are Moll Flanders, Saving Private Ryan, Reign of Fire, King Arthur, Life is a Buffet, Reign of Fire, Ella Enchanted, and Veronica Guerin.
Born in Ireland, Murphy earned a degree in Forestry at Brunnel University and encountered his first film while working as an Estate Manger in Ireland when an Italian film used the estate as a location. But it wasn't until he was hired to supply 10 tractors to Mel Gibson's Braveheart, that he began his career in film as a driver for the props department in 1994. To learn his craft, he studied at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School in Dublin, and since then has worked on at least 30 productions. He lives in Ireland.
Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur