“Mary” and “Mother” Premieres at Galway Film Fleadh

Two short films on which I worked as production manager earlier this year will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh. If you’re in Galway 13th/ 14th July, check out the details (and tickets) here: 

“Mary” – dir Shaun O’Connor, prod. Sharon Cronin, starring Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul) Tickets.

“Mother” – dir Natasha Waugh, prod. Sharon Cronin, starring Hilary Rose (The Young Offenders): Tickets.

See you in Galway!

Catcalls Premiere at Cork Film Festival

Catcalls“, a short horror funded by the Irish Film Board, will have its world premiere during Cork Film Festival on 18th November.

I had the pleasure of working on the film as Production Manager. We filmed Catcalls over 4 days in May 2017 and it’s exciting to see the film premiere at Cork Film Festival. Written and directed by Kate Dolan, produced by Aoife Kelly, with cinematography by Piers McGrail, the film explores the themes of street harassment and women being made victims in safe spaces. In this fictional horror, the power is shifted and the predator becomes the prey.

Don’t miss the premiere screening on November 18th at 4pm. Details and tickets: click here.

Irish Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Short vs. Hurricane Ophelia

There aren’t many sci-fi comedy shorts made in Ireland and so I was delighted to work as production Manager with the team behind “Rip to the Rescue“. The film was funded by Kildare County Council, written by Cian McGarrigle, directed by Paudie Baggott and produced by Sarah Barr.

LA actor Ryan Stanger as Rip

 

We shot over 5 days in October in Kildare, and had to deal with the Hurricane Ophelia, forcing us to cancel one of the shooting days. The team behind the film are currently crowdfunding to cover additional costs caused by the hurricane.

Starring Ryan Stanger (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Conan), Rose Henderson (Father Ted, Penny Dreadful), and Clare Monnelly (Moone Boy, Nowhere Fast) the film pits an all-American Hero against an all-knowing Irish Mammy. Sure he’s got a laser gun but she’s got the wooden spoon. Civilisation might have crumbled but Mammy still knows best and god help anyone who thinks otherwise.

Rose Henderson as the Mammy

 

Support the film’s post-production if you can – the crowdfunding campaign runs until 14 November 2017.

 

The Betrayal Premiere on RTÉ

I’m delighted to announce that my second short film, The Betrayal, will have its premiere on Irish national TV on Monday, 25 September 2017.

The film is a 26-min drama exploring themes of sexual identity, female friendship and domestic violence. It premiered last year at the prestigious GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin. Film Ireland wrote in its review:

Strong performances from the two female leads and solid work from the two directors shows an assured confidence from the cast and crew toward the project. Being a little on the long side of short allows time for the narrative’s more dramatic elements to be drawn out to a more satisfying degree and the pace is aided by a surprisingly robust soundtrack.

The Betrayal features music by:

  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis (Martha’s Dream)
  • multi-award-winning Northern Irish artist Ryan Vail (from his debut album For Every Silence, which became BBC radio 1 Album of the week, Irish times Album of the week, finally nominated for the 2016 Ni Music prize (Best Northern Irish Album of 2016)
  • Irish alternative duo OCHO and British composer Andy Gillion
  • and finally, Conor Walsh, to whom the film is dedicated.

The film was shot by a predominantly female team, with yours truly wearing multiple hats as the writer, co-director (with IFTA-nominated Natasha Waugh), lead producer and actress. Tune in on Monday, September 25th, to RTÉ 2 (Shortscreen) to check it out.

Not based in Ireland? Rent or buy it on VOD! Thanks to Distrify, the film is now available globally.

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The Betrayal

Directed by Kamila Dydyna & Natasha Waugh

Written & produced by Kamila Dydyna

Produced by Eilis Abbott and Michael O’Dwyer

Cinematography: Malgorzata “Gosia” Zur

Editing: Iseult Howlett

Cast: Miriam Devitt, Kamila Dydyna, Mark McAuley

The Betrayal: Homecoming from Cannes, Irish Women in Film

Belltable Limerick and the Richard Harris International Film Festival created a programme of five screenings celebrating Irish women in film. I’m delighted to have The Betrayal included in the program.

  • Waitwriter/director Audrey O’Reilly
  • Uisce Beatha writer/director Elaine Kennedy
  • Deirdrewriter/director Jo Southwell
  • The Betrayalwriter/co-director Kamila Dydyna/co-director Natasha Waugh
  • The Fireman and the Nurse – writer/director Gemma Doorly

All five titles screened at the Richard Harris Industry Party in May during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Tickets here.

Normal at Smock Alley Theatre

I’m currently performing with Restless Ecstasy Theatre Company in Anthony Neilson’s “Normal”. The play runs every night at 8pm until November 5th in the Smock Alley Theatre (Boys School).

Tickets:  smockalley.com/normal

From the play’s press release:

Anthony Neilson’s visceral psychodrama “Normal” receives its Dublin premiere at the Smock Alley Boys School theatre in October 2016. Recounting the story of Peter Kurten, the infamous “Vampire of Dusseldorf” through the eyes of his naive, idealistic young defence attorney Justus Wehner, “Normal” is a harrowing thrill-ride through the mind of a maniac; where reality, morality, fact and fantasy blur into an hallucinatory landscape of deranged logic and psychotic impulses.

Credited with initiating the “In-Yer-Face” movement of British playwriting in the 1990’s, “Normal” confronts the dark side of human nature, investigates the degrading effects of privation and family breakdown on contemporary society, and asks us to consider the question: what makes a man into a monster?”

Directed by Owen Lindsay

Sound & Lights: Bill Woodland

Stage Manager: Cairin McIlkenny

With Shane English as Justus Wehner & Michael O’Flaherty as Peter Kurten.

Photography: Rafal Kostrzewa

As Frau Kurten in "Normal", with Michael O'Flaherty Photo: Rafal Kostrzewa
As Frau Kurten in “Normal”, with Michael O’Flaherty
Photo: Rafal Kostrzewa

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Review by Nomoreworkhorse: click here.

16 & Rising at Electric Picnic

 

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It’s 2016, and in the midst of vicious austerity, emigration, and a housing crisis, the young people of Dublin are becoming increasingly disenfranchised with the state of the nation. From their base in the autonomous St Enda’s squat, a secret revolutionary organisation of women and men plan an insurrection that will transform the city, and challenge the survival of the 32nd Dáil.  An ambitious act of fictional class warfare and dubious historical revisionism, 16 and Rising asks viewers to consider whether their society is dystopian enough, yet, for revolution.

I had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented writer and director Sian Ni Mhuirí on this project, which was presented as rehearsed reading at the Electric Picnic on 4th September. Sian is the founding director of theatre company Super Paua, and writer/producer of Aunty Ben – Ireland’s first LGBT play for children – which recently won the Allianz Community Arts Prize 2015.

16 & Rising is a new political theatre project for Young Adults aged 16-25 and was developed as part of Arts Council Ireland’s ART:2016 programme. I played a modern incarnation of Constance Markievicz in it. For updates on the project, follow this FB page.

Nick Cave on the Soundtrack of “The Betrayal”

I’m delighted to announce that with the help of Executive Producer Will Carter I was able to secure music by globally renowned artists Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, as well as Irish & British talents Ryan Vail, Conor Walsh, OCHO and Andy Gillion for the soundtrack of “The Betrayal”.

The film features “Martha’s Dream,” performed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, under a shared license from BMG, MUTE Song Ltd. and Surefire Films Ltd. The track was originally written for a soundtrack to a 2006 feature film “The Proposition”, starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone and Emily Watson.

The Betrayal also features tracks by Ryan Vail from his debut album “For Every Silence”, chosen as the Album of The Week for Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1. Ryan was recently nominated for Best Male Solo artist in Ireland 2016.

Another group featured in the film’s eclectic soundtrack is OCHO, a Dublin electronic act which just recently released a new EP “Mouth to Mouth“. The duo performed at Body & Soul, Dublin’s Vicar St (opening for Bell X1), Electric Picnic and Castlepalooza to name a few. Their music has been described as “comfortably creepy, timeless, and ambient.”

Last but not least, The Betrayal’s soundtrack includes “The Front” by the late Conor Walsh, to whom the film is dedicated, and tracks by Andy Gillion, a multi-instrumentalist based in the South West of England.

The Betrayal will premiere at the 24th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin on July 31st 2016. Tickets are available here.

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The Betrayal

Produced by Kamila Dydyna, Eilis Abbott & Michael O’Dwyer

Directed by Kamila Dydyna & Natasha Waugh

Executive Producers: William R. Carter, Glen Shire, Aidan Whelan, Charlo Johnson (Zimmerhand Films) and Florencia Iriondo

Cinematography: Malgorzata “Gosia” Zur

Editing: Iseult Howlett

Sound Design: Nikki Moss

Starring: Miriam Devitt, Mark McAuley & Kamila Dydyna

The Betrayal’s Premiere at GAZE LGBT Film Festival

Delighted to announce that our newly-completed short film THE BETRAYAL will have its world premiere at the 24th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin.

Since 1992, GAZE has become Ireland’s largest LGBT film event, and the country’s biggest LGBT gathering outside of Dublin Pride. I can’t imagine a more perfect audience for my 2nd film which focuses, among other things, on sexual identity and LGBT matters. It’s also such a privilege to be screened in a program which includes Paddy Breathnach’s VIVA and Edmund Lynch’s A DIFFERENT COUNTRY.

THE BETRAYAL is a 26-min drama which I co-directed with Natasha Waugh earlier this year. It was shot by Malgorzata “Gosia” Zur, and co-produced by Michael O’Dwyer (Driftwood Doll Films) and Eilis Abbott, with the Executive Producers team including William R. Carter (UK), Glen Shire, Charlo Johnson, Aidan Whelan (Ireland) and Florencia Iriondo (NYC).

The film features Miriam Devitt, myself and Mark McAuley in leading roles. We’re particularly proud of the soundtrack which includes tracks by Conor Walsh, Ryan Vail, OCHO and Andy Gillion, with our biggest soundtrack name to be announced shortly.

Watch out for THE BETRAYAL in the Irish Shorts programme on Sunday 31st July, at 6.30pm in The Light House Cinema! Click here for tickets.

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