Writer/director Kate Dolan’s Catcalls will have its North American premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 21st. Catcalls is the only Irish film in competition at what is one of the world’s largest genre film festivals. The film plays as part of a shorts programme called Born Of Woman which is highlighting female horror directors.
A man cruises around late at night looking for something. He pulls in to ask two young girls for directions – only to flash them to get a cheap thrill. Unfortunately, he has picked the wrong girls. They are also out hunting tonight and they will stop at nothing to get their kill.
Catcalls explores the themes of street harassment and the idea of women being made victims in safe spaces like their own communities. In this fictional horror, the power is shifted and the predator becomes the prey.
The film stars Sarah Kinlen, Edel Murphy, Martin O’Sullivan, and Cesca Saunders. Catcalls was made under Screen Ireland’s Focus Shorts Scheme last year. It was produced by Aoife Kelly (The Queen of Ireland), with Piers McGrail (Without Name) as DoP, Steve Lynch (Let Us Prey) as Composer, and John Cutler as Editor.
The film previously played at the Fastnet Film Festival and Cork Film Festival in 2017, and Indie Lisboa in 2018. It was the winner of Best Short Film at the Young Director’s Awards in 2018.
About the Filmmaker:
Kate Dolan graduated with an Honours Degree in Film & Television Production from the National Film School, IADT in 2012. There, she majored in Directing and minored in Editing. Her graduate short Breathe In (2012) was selected for a number of Irish and international film festivals.
She then worked as a Broadcast Producer in TBWA Dublin for almost 2 years after graduating.
In 2014, she attended Berlinale Talents to develop her short Little Doll at the Short Film Script Station. The film depicts the first same-sex crush of a young girl. The short premiered as part of Generation Kplus at Berlinale 2016.
For her work with Little Doll, Dolan was included in the British Council’s fiveFilms4freedom 2016 Global List – 33 inspiring people from around the world promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights every day.
In 2016 Kate was chosen to take part in the Guiding Lights, the UK’s leading mentoring scheme for filmmakers and was paired with director Alice Lowe who wrote and directed Prevenge last year.
In 2017, Kate was funded by the Irish Film Board to make Catcalls, an irreverent Horror about a sexual predator who gets whats coming to him. The film premiered at the Cork Film Festival, Nov 18th.