UK / Ireland 2016
Katherine Selway, Jo Southwell, Catherine Morshead (executive) for Aston Productions
directed by Jo Southwell
starring India Mullen, Elaine Fox, Seán Doyle, Zeb Moore, Michael Mullen, Michael O'Sullivan, Hayley-Marie Axe, Owen Mulhall, Martin Grace, Sean Butler, Peadar O'Dwyer, Caroline Morgan, Ryan McGrath, Abe Ryan, Ella Higgins, Jim Loughman, Gearoid Rogers, Noreen Kennedy
written by Jo Southwell
Ireland, the 1970s: Deirdre (India Mullen) has been brought up a good
Catholic girl in a little village in the countryside where this is what
she was always expected to be - and her mother Mary (Elaine Fox) makes
sure she never forgets. One day though she meets Conor (Michael Mullen), a
bit of a wild boy who has come to town with some travelling folks and
who's roughly her age, and against her better judgment and everything she
was led to believe, she feels attracted to him and the whole free-spirited
community he lives in. Upon noticing this, her mother has a fit of rage,
tells her she's full of sin, drags her to church, and punishes her both
physically and mentally ... until Deirdre has had enough and runs away.
Thing is, Mary has a reason to fear Deirdre getting involved with the
travelling folks - and it's not what you think ...
might be set in the 1970s, and costumes, sets and props prove as much, but
in approach it's more a timeless tale, with the direction emphasising the
folkloristic nature of the story, the imagery giving the whole thing the
look of a dark fairy tale, and the beautiful yet often brooding locations
are used to full effect. And of course, a very competent cast doesn't hurt
one bit either.