Katie McNeice’s intersex short Lambing to premiere at 34th Galway Film Fleadh
Funded by both the IMDb Script to Screen Award and the Kildare ShortGrass Film Bursary, Lambing screens at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 at the Town Hall Theatre.
Lambing stars Fiach Kunz (game of thrones) as shy young dad David, who has to deal with his gender anxiety and bullying when his baby is born intersex. Opposite Kunz is Johanna O’Brien (Foundation) as mother-to-be Caoimhe, and Pat Shortt (Garage, Calvary) as the disturbing and powerful character of David’s father, John. The supporting cast includes Cate Russell, Joe McNeice, Rebecca Hickey and Gerry Cannon.
The film is written and directed by Katie McNeice, a multi-award winning writer/director who creates thoughtful identity films with a particular focus on sexuality and gender, and produced by Mo O’Connell (HUM). Lambing was shot by Emmy-nominated cinematographer Richard Kendrick (granite song), published by McNeice, and features an original score by rising talent Emer Kinsella (Sense8, In orbit).
what i always wanted Lambing is not just to broaden our understanding of intersex, but to create a real sense of urgency to support and understand minority identities in Ireland. Even within the LGBTQI community itself, we need to work harder and with more heart for those of us who are intersex, trans and gender diverse. Show up at marches, fight discrimination, find out what you don’t understand, and make yourself a more informed and involved part of the community.
The second aspect of Lambing is the message that before we can speak meaningfully about minority identities such as intersex, we need to cover up our long-held and often toxic ideas about gender. We have to come to a place where we realize that we have no more right to put our fear or our prejudices on gender-diverse bodies than on our hands.
Thank you so much to the Fleadh for bringing me back for another year with Lambing and to everyone involved in the making of the film, especially the IMDb and Kildare ShortGrass Films teams, producer Mo O’Connell, cinematographer Richard Kendrick, Simon and Ashley McDermott who kindly let us short at them, our amazing cast and crew, and Ruth Treacy from Tailored Films who was my mentor through Screen Skills Ireland throughout the shoot.
Katie McNeice, writer/director
We are delighted to bring our short film Lambing at Fleadh this year. We had a wonderful filming experience in Kildare last year and were very fortunate to work with many local crews who helped us bring the film to fruition. Many thanks to Lucina Russell and her team at ShortGrass Films for their continued support. We are very proud of the film we have produced and look forward to sharing it with Galway audiences.
Mo O’Connell, producer
Katie McNeice’s other work includes the ZeBBie-Nominated In orbit, Whale fall and Focail Baile Croiwho was recently awarded the 2022 Screen Kerry Short Film Fellowship. His first feature screenplay who we love which she co-wrote with Graham Cantwell recently earned her an IFTA nomination for Best Screenplay and the Rising Talent Award at the Kerry International Film Festival.
McNeice’s Upcoming Feature Films Include Coming-of-Age Drama The deepest breath which is in development with Wild Atlantic Pictures, and which it adapts from Meg Grehan’s LGBT children’s novel. She’s also set to direct New Stage Films’ neo-noir thriller. North of nowhere written by Sam Ulemann and produced by Juliane Wothe. Katie is represented by Jasmine Daines Pilgrem of Lisa Richards Creatives.
Mo O’Connell is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the production company 3 Hot Whiskies. His work includes the recently wrapped HematomaShort Commissioned Kerry Screen Haven and the Screen Ireland funded short Hmm. She is developing the feature film fair game based on his short film Girls, via the Screen Ireland Spotlight Scheme with co-writer Gemma Creagh. Mo’s Screen Skills mentor is Emma Norton of Element Pictures.