Standing imposingly at the edge of Irish cities in the 1970's, mental institutions were a warning to citizens: Don’t stand out - socially, sexually or otherwise. Our series is a gritty, character-driven drama which gets behind these institutions’ walls to tell an inspirational story of a young woman who defies societal norms to remain true to herself.
Ireland, 1979: When teenager Bridget is committed to a mental institution and subjected to aversion therapy to "cure" her emerging homosexuality, she must fight the system for her survival and sanity.
Our short film 'A White Horse' was devised and written not just as a self-contained short film, but also as a proof-of-concept for 'Unclaimed'. Paul Cahill's script for 'A White Horse' won the Screen Director's Guild of Ireland's ARRI Take award for 2019. The short film was shot in May and premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh, to very positive reviews, in July. It has also been selected to screen at the 2019 Cork Film Festival.
"The best of the batch was (the) superb A White Horse, an astute pairing of thriller trappings and meticulous dramatic pacing that deploys handsomely minimal settings to give voice to the hidden histories of Ireland’s fallen women—and to ask how hidden they ever really were at all."
Galway Film Fleadh Irish Shorts Roundup / Scannain.com
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