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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Irish LGBT Thriller Filming in Dublin This Weekend

Where do the borders of our sexual identities begin and end? What constitutes “reportable” domestic violence?

 

These are some of the questions raised by my new LGBT thriller, The Betrayal, filming in Dublin this weekend. It’s a female-driven, dark drama, aiming to provide a new perspective on issues such as sexual identity, domestic and digital abuse.

Having attended a conference on digital abuse by Women’s Aid Ireland last year, I realised how small the awareness and understanding of digital abuse is. It’s an issue I feel very strongly about, especially when I hear infuriating public reactions where the victims are blamed and shamed. For this and many other reasons, I wrote The Betrayal, hoping to provide insight into how and why violence in relationships starts and the impact it has on both the victims and the perps.

The cast of The Betrayal: Kamila Dydyna (yours truly), Mark McAuley and Miriam Devitt

 

I’m incredibly lucky and grateful for my collaborators on this project: Producers Eilís Abbott and Michael O’Dwyer (Driftwood Doll Films), my co-director Natasha Waugh, cinematographer Gosia Zur (who learned her craft on productions such as Being AP, Penny Dreadful and Vikings), and my fantastic cast: Miriam Devitt and Mark McAuley, to name but a few.

I’m also delighted to have composer Conor Walsh join our team with his beautiful debut EP piece The Front, named one of the best Irish songs of 2015by Nialler9. The Front will be featured in one of the key scenes in The Betrayal..

The Betrayal incorporates ballet into its world and some of the key scenes take place at a dance-themed exhibition in an art gallery. For these scenes we received truly breathtaking photographs (one of which is featured above). Our photography collaborators include Donal Moloney (known for his Intrudersexhibition, his urbex photography and the cover of the latest Sinéad O’Connor album), Ewa Krasucka (the official photographer of the Polish National Ballet whose works have been published in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Guardian) and Andrea Paolini Merlo (a photographer, dancer and choreographer with the Hungarian National Ballet Company) and more.

Some of these evocative prints are available for purchase through the film’s crowdfunding campaign. Check them out here and help us spread the word!

As we’re starting filming this Friday, with our production team of over 30 people, follow our Facebook and Twitter for updates from the set.

Thank you for reading and your support,

Kamila Dydyna

Four Nominations for Testimony at the Underground Cinema Awards!

Underground Cinema is one of the most diverse and innovative businesses in the Irish entertainment and film industry. Their annual Independent Film Awards celebrate the very best in independently funded Irish feature films.

We are thrilled to have received four nominations at yesterday’s nomination night in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

  • Best Supporting Actress for Hilary Cotter
  • Best Costume Design for Gwen Jeffares-Hourie
  • Best Screenplay for Kamila Dydyna
  • Rising Star Award for Kamila Dydyna

Complete list of nominees can be found here.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday November 7th.

Testimony Secures a Broadcast License With US ShortsHD™

Following its selection to New York City Independent Film Festival, Irish short “Testimony” was picked up by US Channel ShortsHD™ for a 3-year broadcast license deal. Testimony is a debut film from writer/ director Kamila Dydyna, produced by Eamonn Tutty of Reckoner Productions (Ireland) and Cara Bamford of Foxrock Productions (U.K.)

The film addresses the subject of domestic violence through the eyes of a child put in a witness stand. It features all-Irish cast, including 11-year-old Olivia Daly, Clodagh Downing (Patsy Dick, Darkness On The Edge Of Town), Neill Fleming (The Hit Producer, Game of Thrones) and Hilary Cotter (The Tudors). The film was shot by Alan Rogers and edited by Daragh Murphy (November Seven Films). Executive Producers team includes Florencia Iriondo (U.S.), Niall Murphy (Ireland) and Brandon Smith (Australia, Chien Noir Films).

“Testimony” already picked up an Award of Merit in the U.S. IndieFEST Film Awards. The film will have its Irish festival premiere on September 12th during the Underground Cinema Film Festival. It will also be screened during Australian Speak Up Film Festival on August 31st, with the NYC premiere following on 16th October.

“Testimony” will be available on ShortsHD™ for 3 years, starting in November 2015. ShortsHD is a world-leading short movie media group, available to 40 million homes, with over 11 million subscribers in 54 countries. The channel is owned and operated by Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles. Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR® Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to theaters across North America and Europe with its global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched.

First Irish Festival for Testimony

I’m delighted to announce that my short film Testimony will have its Irish festival premiere at the 6th Underground Cinema Film Festival in September.

Official Selection UCFF 2015

 

The film, which is my writing and directorial debut, will also be featured in the 4th edition of the CinéWomen magazine. Honoring the influence of women in video art, independent cinema and choreography, Testimony will be featured among a selection of worldwide artists for their 2015 Edition.

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Lastly, if you’re based in Dublin, come join us in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoighre on July 30th, where Testimony will be featured as part of the Underground Cinema Short Film Screenings. Looking forward to seeing you there! Details on the lineup of the shorts can be found here.

Testimony is produced by Reckoner Productions (Ireland) and Foxrock Productions (UK).

Executive Producers: Chien Noir Films, Florencia Iriondo, Niall Murphy, Kamila Dydyna, Catherine Preston, Alan Rogers.

Associate Producers: Driftwood Doll Films.