Park Pictures latest short film Run premieres at the 31st Galway Film Fleadh on Thursday 11th at 11.45 in the Irish Talent: New Shorts 3 – Fiction programme.

A woman’s eyes are finally opened to her controlling partner when he allows her to invite her oldest friend to dinner.

The film stars Sarah Flood, Rónán P. Byrne, Paddy C. Courtney, and Gail Brady, with vioceover by Geraldine McAlinden. It was written and directed by Caroline Grace Cassidy and Róisín Kearney, with DOP John White and produced by Kevin Cassidy for Park Pictures. Music is by Hozier, with a score from Joe Conlan.

Run was conceived after the introduction of new legal framework on domestic abuse, to include coercive control in Ireland. It finally gave stature to a form of abuse which has damaged the lives of women, men, and children, and is often the precursor to intimate violence.

Run star Sarah Flood and writer/directors Caroline Grace Cassidy and Roisin Kearney at the launch of the 31st Galway Film Fleadh
Run star Sarah Flood and writer/directors Caroline Grace Cassidy and Roisin Kearney at the launch of the 31st Galway Film Fleadh

Caroline and Roisin have known each other since the ‘90s when they started out working together at City Arts Centre, both with a passion for theatre and film they remained in contact through the years, exchanging ideas and discussing projects, it came a natural next step to make a short film together. Around the time they started discussing ideas, a new law was passed that makes coercive control a crime. There had been over 20,000 disclosures of domestic violence in 2018 to women’s aid, Safe Ireland have been involved in extensive research and working hard to highlight the dangers of coercive control and informing people of the signs. They decided it was a topic that needed to be explored.

We all know them; we have all been in the situation where we know someone is in a controlling relationship. We have all felt helpless. Well, now it is a crime.

Caroline Grace Cassidy & Róisín Kearney, Writer/Directors

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