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.


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

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.


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