Irish Short to Screen at Sundance

Karen Nora Jane-Noone

Small Change, a short graduate film from the National Film School (NFS) at IADT Dun Laoghaire, starring Irish actress Nora Jane Noone (The Magdalene Sisters, Savage), has been officially selected to feature at this years Sundance Film Festival in the USA.

Written and directed by Cathy Brady and produced by Tommy Fitzpatrick, the film recently featured at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, and also at the Cork Film Festival, where its director, Cathy Brady, won the the Claire Lynch Award for Best First-Time Irish Director.

Small Change was also screened at the Encounters Film Festival in the UK, where it was presented with the NAHEMI/KODAK Prize for Cinematography.

The film is a bittersweet story about Karen (Nora-Jane Noone), a young single mother who has become bored with routine. Slot machines have become her secret thrill and addiction. With Christmas looming, a desperate hope for a big win sees her life spiral out of control.

Tommy Fitzpatrick, the short films producer has said, ‘Of the original 6400 applicants for the International Short Film section of Sundance, for Small Change to be selected for the final programme says an awful lot about the quality of filmmaking talent emerging from both the NFS at IADT Dun Laoghaire, and the Irish film industry as a whole at this time.’

Originally setup by well known American actor Robert Redford, this year’s Sundance Film Festival takes place on 20–30 January in Park City in Utah. It’s one of the biggest dates in the international film festival calender, as both Hollywood and the international film industry at large take a keen interest in the new emerging acting and filmmaking talent featured at the festival.

Cathy Brady, was also recently selected to take part in the Channel 4 Coming Up scheme where emerging filmmakers have the opportunity to make authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

Tommy Fitzpatrick, has recently completed directing/producing a short documentary about the life of the little known hermit of the Comeragh Mountains in Waterford called Lackendarra. He is currently producing a short film entitled Every Second Sunday, directed by Simon Hubbard and starring Simon Delaney, Vivienne Connolly and Craig Conway amongst others.

The films website can be found at


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