17 August 2018 The Irish Film & Television Network
Actors
TV
Crew
Digital
Distribution
Education / Training
Equipment
Festivals / Markets
Finance
Legal
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Production
Rep Bodies
JOBS FILMOGRAPHY NEWS WHO'S WHO DIARY GALLERY IFTA
     
NEWS IN BRIEF
Features & Interviews
Production News
Post Production News
VFX News
Animation News
Digital News
Festivals News
Training News
Cast News
Finance News
IFTA Film & Drama Awards
Galway Film Fleadh 2017
List Your Company
Daily News Bulletin
Site Map
IFTN HOME
A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, Set for Nationwide Release on 14 September
09 Aug 2018 :
Following sold-out screenings at London, Dublin, Glasgow and Belfast International Film Festivals, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, the Galway Film Fleadh, New Zealand and Sydney Film Festivals, Sinéad O'Shea's new Irish documentary, A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot, is set for nationwide Irish and Northern Irish release on 14 September.

What would cause a Derry mother to bring her son to be shot? O'Shea's critically acclaimed documentary asks this extraordinary question. One night in 2012, Majella O'Donnell took her teenage son Philly to a laneway near to her home to be shot in the legs by local gunmen.

In a shocking, intimate, yet often warm and surprisingly humorous portrait of a family, A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot tells their story.

Majella, her son and the gunmen are all part of the dissident community in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Troubles in Northern Ireland was supposed to have ended in 1998 with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, but this community do not accept the government or police. To them, the war is not over, even as family life continues.

In the absence of a normal relationship with the police, dissident Republicans step in to combat a perceived drug epidemic with their own brutal form of justice. Majella was faced with an agonising choice: cooperate with a punishment shooting or risk even worse consequences for her son.

 

Filmed over five years by renowned journalist and new mother Sinéad O’Shea (Al Jazeera English, Channel 4, The Irish Times, The New York Times, The Guardian), A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot has been described by Screen International as “fascinating and gutsy” and RTE as “shocking but unexpectedly humorous.” O’Shea’s achievement is to create profound empathy, making you question how you would have acted, even as you watch the astonishing drama unfold.

The film was nominated for the Fact Award at CPH:DOX, the Maysles Observational Documentary Award, Belfast, and Best International Documentary at EBS, Korea. Sinead represented the UK and Ireland as one of Europe’s top 10 female filmmakers at Sydney Film Festival.

A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot is produced by Sinéad O’Shea, Ailish Bracken and Katie Holly of Blinder Films with Figs Jackman and André Singer of Spring Films and Oscar-nominated executive producer Joshua Oppenheimer. The production and release received the support of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, RTÉ and Inevitable Pictures.

A Mother Brings Her Song to be Shot is released nationwide on 14 September.

There will be a Q&A with Sinead O’Shea after the opening night screening on 14 September at the Light House Cinema, Dublin and in the Queens Film Theatre, Belfast on 15 September.




BREAKING NEWS
Brendan O’Connor’s Time Out Airs on RTÉ One – Friday, August 17th
Windmill Lane & Number 4 Announce New Theatrical Audio Mixing Facility
Black 47 Set for U.S. Release as IFC Films Acquires North American Rights
BAI Call Out For Factual Documentary & Entertainment Formats on Virgin Media Television

FEATURES & INTERVIEWS
Antoine Simkine Elected President of ACE Producers
Northern Ireland Screen's Feature Doc Development Applications Open
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.


RELATED NEWS
A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, Set for Nationwide Release on 14 September
09 Aug 2018 
Industry Events and Panel at the Fleadh
10 Jul 2018 
30th Galway Film Fleadh Line-Up Revealed
28 Jun 2018 
Guth Gafa International Film Festival Launches 2018 Programme
22 Jun 2018 
EDITOR'S PICK
FleadhTV Extra Shows on TG4
Three Day Training for New Entrants to Industry
RTS NI Launches 2018 Programme Awards
Hitchcock Conference Celebrating 'Vertigo' in September
MORE ON IFTN
Irish Production Companies
Listings for Irish film & television production companies
What's In Production?
The latest info on projects filming in Ireland
Latest Industry Jobs
Job listings for Irish film & television crew

CONNECT WITH IFTN
Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed




 
 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors
 

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter