Homecoming from Cannes, Irish Women in Film

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Updated: April 20th, 2017

Belltable and RHIFF present

Homecoming from Cannes, Irish Women in Film

Belltable | Fri 2nd June | 8pm | €8


This June, Belltable and the Richard Harris International Film Festival present a programme of five screenings celebrating Irish women in film. All five titles will screen at the Richard Harris Industry Party in May during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

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

Scroll down for further information on each short film.


1. Wait by Audrey O’Reilly

When an important pigeon race and a rare visit home by his son Martin coincide, Charlie finds himself  waiting to see if each will make it home safely. ‘Wait’ is both a poetic and gently dramatic portrait of a father/son relationship.
Audrey O’Reilly ~ Writer/Director | Lyndzi Doyle ~ Producer | Owen Roe ~ Key Cast |Rory Keenan ~ Key Cast
Bio of Audrey O’Reilly
A graduate of the National Film School in 1998 Audrey O’Reilly has been working as a writer and director with increasing success. That year her co-written script ‘Honor Bright’ was announced as the winner of the Miramax Script Writing Award’. She went on to be awarded a ‘Short Cuts’, a shorts grant from by R.T.E. and the Irish Film Board for emerging film-makers. The resulting film ‘In Loving Memory’ was a hit on the festival circuit and won a number of awards including the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival.
Audrey then wrote and directed ‘Clare sa Speir’, one of the 2001 ‘Oscailt’ short film series. Multi-award winning, it has also been included on the Irish Leaving Certificate syllabus. In addition a ‘Short Short’ she wrote entitled ‘Chicken’ was selected for official competition in the 2001 ‘Cannes Film. She has also worked as a writer for the RTE soap opera ‘Fair City as well as the popular television series ‘On Home Ground’. ‘Teenage Cics’ six part television drama series which she herself co-wrote and directed for TG4 called was nominated for the 2006 ‘Smart Telecom Best Drama Award’ and was voted one of TG4’s top three dramas ever.  She has also branched into theatre writing and her play ‘Skin & Blisters’ toured with Team Education Theatre. Meanwhile she is writing ‘Lockerbie’ a feature film about the 1988 air disaster which is slated to be directed by acclaimed director Jim Sheridan and a script about composer Antonio Vivaldi for Pandora Films. This will be directed by Bille August.
Audrey also served 5 years as chairwoman of the ‘Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters.  She is represented by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsey & Associates.

2. Uisce Beatha/Water of Life by Elaine Kennedy

On a visit to see her parents who have returned from London to their original home in west Kerry. Bebhínn struggles with her father’s choice of returning to rural Ireland to farm as opposed to the London lifestyle that she’s used to.  Through an unexpected event, Bebhínn sees her father in a very different light which changes their relationship forever.
Elaine Kennedy ~ Writer/Director/Producer/Key Cast | Degnan Geraghty ~ Key Cast | Patrick Murphy ~ Key Cast
Bio of Elaine Kennedy
Elaine Kennedy is an actress, writer and producer. She graduated from the highly acclaimed Screen Acting Programme at Bow street, Dublin, Ireland where she was mentored by acting coaches Gerry Grennell and Stephen Bridgewater. Recent projects that Elaine has worked on include Jim Sheridan’s film “Secret Scriptures”, Love & Friendship directed by Whit Stillman and an indie film (working title “Pick ups”) starring Aidan Gillen and directed by Jamie Thraves.

3. Deirdre by Jo Southwell

Deirdre has been created from a feature film concept called Deirdre of Sorrows. Unusually, Jo has worked backwards from the feature screenplay to create this dark and moving short. Shot in just 4 days in Tipperary, with a small crew and a lot of passion Jo and her team have created a period drama – a coming of age story – an Irish Romeo and Juliet. This project has been one of love and anguish – trying to create a story that is complete and yet will leave the audience wanting more – the feature Deirdre of the Sorrows. A huge thanks goes to all those who offered their support from Nenagh and Templederry without them this film would not have been possible.
Jo Southwell ~ Writer/Director | Katherine Selway ~ Producer | India Mullen ~ Key Cast | Sean Doyle ~ Key Cast | Zeb Moore ~ Key Cast
Bio of Jo Southwell
As a film director / writer Jo made her debut with HOLDING ON in 2012. A moving short about a man’s struggle to hold on to the present as Alzheimer’s takes hold. The lead actor was GORDON KENNEDY. This short film has had in- ternational recognition in festivals. HOLDING ON is distributed by Shorts International and made the the TOP10 Films to watch in Europe. (August 2015)
May 2016 : Jo was selected as a BAFTA FILM PRO.
September 2015 : Jo was selected by Creative England / BFI as a talented Director / Writer for the SW Talent Module.

4. The Betrayal by Kamila Dydyna & Natasha Waugh

 Mark & Nel’s marriage is on the rocks. While Mark’s insecurity escalates into violence, Nel is questioning her feelings for her best friend, Alice.
Kamila Dydyna ~ Co-Director/Writer/Producer/Key Cast | Natasha Waugh ~ Co-Director | Eilis Abbott & Michael O’Dwyer ~ Producer | Mark McAuley & Miriam Devitt ~ Key Cast | Glen Shire, Charlo Johnson & William R. Carter ~ Executive Producers | Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Ryan Vail, Conor Walsh & OCHO ~ Soundtrack
Bio of Kamila Dydyna
Kamila Dydyna is an actor, writer, and filmmaker based in Dublin. She trained at The Gaiety School of Acting, The National Theatre School of Ireland. Her recent performances include Klara in “The Haunted Road”, a BBC Radio 4 play, Nel in ‘The Betrayal’ (a short film) and ‘16 & Rising’, a political theatre project by Sian Ni Mhuiri at the Electric Picnic. As a filmmaker, her debut short film “Testimony” was picked up by RTE 2, Aer Lingus, and U.S. Shorts HD Network, following a successful global festival run, including a selection for Belfast Film Festival.
Her new short, “The Betrayal,” featuring music by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, premiered at the 24th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin.
Bio of Natasha Waugh
Natasha Waugh co-founded Fight Back Films in 2013, and has, to date, directed four short films; Food Fight (2014), Running Commentary (2014), Lag (2015) and Terminal (2016), and co-directed on; The Betrayal (2016).  Terminal, inspired by the repeal the 8th campaign, earned her an IFTA nomination and multiple festival wins, including Director’s Choice Short Film Award at the Irish Film Festival Boston and Best Short Film at Indie Cork 2016. It has received other nominations for Best Short Film at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Irish Film Festival London, Manchester International Film Festival 2017, and at the 37th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, to name a few.

5. The Fireman and the Nurse by Gemma Doorly

Winner of Best Short Film (Underground Cinema Film Festival 2016) Best Director (Wexford Film Festival 2016) Best Actress Nominee for Bairbre O’Toole at (Richard Harris International Film Festival 2016) 
It’s 1994, teenagers Anna and Paul fall in love at a school disco. 20 Years later it is going to take some imagination to stay ‘happy ever after’.  Funny, poignant, heartbreaking – ‘The Fireman and the Nurse’ explores the nature of marriage and the lengths people will go to save their relationships. Written and directed by Gemma Doorly, Produced by Ronan Murphy. 
Official Selection at Chicago Irish Film Festival, Richard Harris International Film Festival, Wexford Film Festival, Underground Cinema Film Festival.
Gemma Doorly ~ Director | Gemma Doorly ~ Writer, Red Rock | Gemma Doorly, Ronan Murphy Producer, Engraved | Barber O’Toole ~ Key Cast, Falling for a Dancer, Fair City | Tony Murphy, Key Cast, Charlie Casanova


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