“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!

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.

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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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