Irish short film Testimony, the debut short from writer/director Kamila Dydyna, has been selected to feature in the 4th edition of Cin√©Women, the Women Art Connect’s bienneal showcase of female led video art, independent cinema, and dance/performing arts.
Testimony is based on true events which took place in Poland in 1991 and has been adapted for an Irish audience as European courts acted similarly. The film revolves around 9 year old Catherine O‚ÄôNeill, played by Olivia Daly (Why Guy and Clue Crew on RTEJnr), and is a courtroom based drama. The film sees the young girl called into court to testify against her father, Neil Fleming (Game Of Thrones, Fair City) after her mother, played by Clodagh Downing (Patsy Dick, Darkness At The Edge Of Town), accuses her father of domestic abuse.
The cast includes Barrington Cullen (Game Of Thrones, The Inquiry), Gillian Daly (ICE, Rumour Room), Hilary Cotter (I Am Spoon), and Ellen Corcoran (Seduction of Chaos). Alan Rodgers is Cinematographer, with James Fitzgerald (Skunky Dog) as Gaffer, Ian McIntyre (Skunky Dog) as Sound OP, Susan Gorzalczynska as 1st A.C, Gwen Jeffares-Hourie (The Raven, Sing Street) as Costume Designer, Steven Tully as Storyboard Artist and Script Editor, and Laura Horgan as Stills Photographer.
The 4th edition of Cin√©Women will showcasing video practice from around the world. Honoring the influence of women in video art, cinema and choreography, by presenting a selection of worldwide artists.
Speakinng the selection the Cin√©Women team praised the film for “the way [it] captures unconscious emotional reactions, as well as [the] expressive cinematography and sapient use of close-ups reminding us of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy”.
Testimony is produced by Eamonn Tutty (Reckoner Productions; Anna, Mirror Image) and Cara Bamford (Foxrock Productions; Feather Light and Paper Thin, Kaleidoscope). Niall Murphy of Scannain Media acts as an Executive Producer on the film.