‘8’ screening

IMG_20170408_224407634Last night my new short film ‘8’ saw it’s first private screening.  Devised in solidarity with the ‘Repeal the Eighth‘ campaign in Ireland that is fighting for Ireland’s abortion law to be brought to referendum, ‘8’ responds to the lack of choice for women in Ireland regarding bodily autonomy and reproductive choices.  ‘Eire’ – the Irish word for Ireland – makes reference to ‘old’ Ireland & symbolises that my body is not my own but, indeed, belongs to Ireland.  Abortion is illegal in Ireland, where the Eighth Amendment of the constitution equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus. In doing so, it criminalises abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death. Medical practitioners can lose their licence, or face jail time, if they offer advice to women in need of abortions. Every day 12 women are forced to travel to the UK to have abortions and aftercare in Ireland is minimal for those who have to travel.

Spread the word. Keep the conversation going. Repeal the Eighth.

abortionrightscampaign.ie/repealthe8th/

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Filmed on location in Genolier, Switzerland while on residency at The Trélex Residency.

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‘8’

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Still from test shoot for new short film piece ‘8’.  More filming to go, watch this space!

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Plunging (literally) into my first (short, but oh so sweet) artist residency in the breathtaking Trélex, Switzerland.  It’s taken many years to take myself seriously as an artist, from taking a complete hiatus creatively, to finding my way back slowly through theory, filmmaking, conversation and (thank god for) creative friends.  Actually applying for and going on a residency is bigger still and although it’s still a challenge to feel comfortable describing myself in those terms – ‘artist’, ‘filmmaker’ – more and more these days I settle into the idea.

 

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