A young actor with Down syndrome and a seven-year-old girl are about to star at Galway Film Fleadh, when their faces hit the silver screen.
iobhan Loscher (30) from Donaghmede, north Dublin, has landed his first film role as the warm-hearted Aggie. Siobhan, who has down syndrome, stars with newcomer Nova Farrelly, seven, from Castleknock, Dublin, who plays Lucy in ‘Safe as Houses’.
The pair light up the screen in the short film, which was shot at the Fassaroe estate in Bray, Co Wicklow. The short will premiere at the film festival on Saturday, as part of a colorful diary of events.
Director Mia Mullarkey (36) from Annaghdown, Co Galway, told the Irish Independent the film shines a spotlight on Ireland’s “nervous population”, who she says have yet to land a lead role in the films. and Irish television.
While Hollywood and the British film and television industry are making strides to improve diversity, Irish film and television still needs to change a lot, Mia feels.
Mia said: “When you see a character like Aggie, it makes people want to be friends with them.
“We would like to have more representation of our amazing psychopaths, out there. Ireland has a neurologically diverse population. It was amazing to tell their stories and open up that transformation,” she added.
Siobhan attended the Blue Diamond Academy of Drama in Churchtown, Dublin. The stage school caters to people with neurosis.
However, while some theater schools are doing “great” work, there is still “a lack of role models” in Irish film and television, Mia feels.
The lack of recognizable diverse faces, she added, means there’s no one for the neurotic to aspire to be like in the Irish showbiz.
The plot focuses on Lucy playing with her friends on an idyllic Irish summer day but the child becomes tearful and it is Aggie who brings her in, providing solace.
Viewers watch the story unfold when they realize Lucy has bruises on her arms. Therefore, it is clear that all is not well in Lucy’s world.
However, neighbors believed Aggie was a danger to the child and the gardener was called in.
Written by entry-level screenwriter Sarah Ahern (34) from Skerries, north of Co Dublin, the short was created from “the personal experience of one neurotic I know,” writes the writer. speak.
“Scenarios have become something that I can investigate on a more universal level,” she added. As a result, the film highlights how “perspectives can be skewed” due to a lack of understanding of neurodiversity.
Mia admits she also felt enamored with the screenplay due to her personal experience. Her brother Jody (35 years old) is autistic and he was “ostracized at school and arrested” due to “a lack of understanding from people,” explains Mia.
“The more human stories are shared, the more people understand. It invites understanding and compassion.”
The film is produced by Claire McCabe, of Samson Films and it is a short of Screen Ireland Focus. The film will premiere at Galway Film Fleadh at 12 noon on Saturday.
Tickets are available for purchase online.
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