Irish short film The Betrayal, an upcoming thriller on social and gender issues, has announced two new partners: D-Light Studios Dublin and DCU-based Sexuality Studies research group.

Directed by Kamila Dydyna and Natasha Waugh, The Betrayal addresses sexual identity and LGBT issues, domestic violence and digital abuse. Written by Kamila Dydyna (Testimony) and produced by Driftwood Doll Films (Eilis Abbott and Michael O’Dwyer), with cinematography by Gosia Zur (Monged), the film is set for release in April.

The Betrayal features Miriam Devitt, Mark McAuley and Kamila Dydyna in leading roles, with Gwen Jeffares-Hourie looking after costume & set design, Drew Maitland as AD, Michael Browne as Make Up Artist, and Rafal Kostrzewa as stills photographer.

Headed by Dr Mel Duffy and Mr Jean-Philippe Imbert, EROSS (Expressions, Research, Orientations: Sexuality Studies) is a research group based in DCU and aimed at investigating processes and variations in sexual cultures, sexual identities and gender role formation.

EROSS - Logo

[quote title=”Mr Jean-Philippe Imbert – EROSS”]We operate in a cross-, inter-, and multi-disciplinary research cluster and we welcome the inclusion of film media to contribute to sexual literacy, generate well being and advocate social justice.[quote]

[quote title=”Dr Mel Duffy – EROSS”]The film allows us to take the artistic view of the writer and cinematographer and integrate them with their cultural, ethical, and social perception of sexuality, at personal and societal levels.[/quote]

D-Light Studios, owned by photographer Agata Stoinska, partnered with The Betrayal in the early stages of production. Some of the film’s key scenes were shot there in February.

The Betrayal Shoot - Day 6

Cast & crew of The Betrayal filming in D-Light Studios. Photo credit: Rafal Kostrzewa

 

[quote title=”Stace Gill, D-Light Studios, Manager”]Here at D-Light Studios we have a very unique space, we have built a creative hub in a beautiful old woollen mill/warehouse and we want to share it. Our primary function is as a film/photography location and our aim is to welcome as many creative projects to the space as possible. We are very happy to work with the amazing crew of women behind The Betrayal. A project that creatively addresses the ever evolving social attitudes and issues concerning gender equality, fluidity and freedom is an easy partnership for us to make.[/quote]

[quote titke=”Kamila Dydyna, Writer/Co-Director”]The endorsement of both our partners means a lot to us. There are many ways to help independent film, and it‚Äôs a huge recognition for me as a filmmaker to feel supported by people who have shown their commitment to the Arts.[/quote]

The Betrayal, featured recently in EILE Magazine, Her.ie, and Headstuff.org, is in post-production and is slated for release on the Irish and international festival circuit in the early summer 2016. It’s Kamila Dydyna’s second film after the award-winning Testimony.

For more information on the film head to the official website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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