Sinéad O’Loughlin’s Lamb will have an Irish premiere at the 34th Galway Film Fleadh

Fresh from its world premiere at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York, where it was selected from a record 7,200 short film submissions, Screen Ireland Focus Short Lamb comes home to have her Irish premiere at the 34th Galway Film Festival July 9, 2022.

Filmed on location in Cork, Lamb is an intense psychological thriller starring Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy, Resistance) and Eanna Hardwicke (Normal people, Vivarium, Smother). Lamb is the third short film by award-winning Cork-based filmmaker Sinéad O’Loughlin (Back home, Wander).

Star Éanna Hardwicke and producer Lara Hickey have been nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at Galway FIlm Fleadh. Sinead and Lara met during the X-Pollinator initiative in 2019, a pioneering development initiative supported by Screen Ireland, the BAI and Creative Europe. From there, the two fostered a collaborative relationship, with an interest in female-led and female-focused stories. A sentiment that morphed into a mostly female cast and crew on Lambof which 66% are women.

Lamb is supported by Screen Ireland through its Focus Shorts program for emerging filmmakers with bold and original voices and was one of four projects selected from 130 applications for funding. The short is produced by award-winning producer Lara Hickey (Bainne, Cynthia) for his production company Copper Alley Productions. Cinematographer Dan Keane and editor Kilian Waters of Arcade Film, regular collaborators with director Sinéad on her previous shorts, were joined by composer and sound designer DIE HEXEN (You are not my mother), set designer Angela Mulhern and costume design by Sarah Heraughty. Post-production services were provided by Element Post Production and Raygun Creative Post Production.

My intention in writing Lamb was to create a gripping, tense psychological thriller about a woman’s worst nightmare entering her home. As a woman, I don’t think you ever lose your awareness of personal space and safety and find yourself playing out scenarios, the ultimate “What would you do if…?”

As a director, I wanted the audience’s experience to emulate Sarah’s emotional journey throughout the play. Lamb’s casting was key. At its essence, it’s a two-person scene, so the performances were everything. Aoife brought an incredible mix of vulnerability and strength to the role of Sarah and Éanna brought incredible nuance and menace to the character of Paul.

The Fleadh was the first film festival I attended as a teenager and went on to study in Galway, so the city will always have a special place for me. Having our Irish premiere at Fleadh is a great honor and after sharing Lamb with international audiences in Tribeca, we can’t wait to bring him home to Ireland. Thanks also to Screen Ireland and Copper Alley Productions for making Lamb possible.

Sinead O’Loughlin

Aoife Duffin, Eanna Hardwicke, Baby O’Sullivan Photo by Dean Keana

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