Filmbase/RTE short film Joy, written and directed by Colm Quinn, has been enjoying a successful festival run in North America. The film had its international premiere at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas last March, before screening as part of a ‘Best of SXSW’ in Montreal. Further screenings took place at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto and the Seattle International Film Festival, with upcoming screenings in Big Sur and Santa Fe.
Joy tells the story of Nicola, a 16-year old girl, in hospital after giving birth. When her best friend Tess visits, she must reluctantly introduce her newborn daughter who only lived for a short time. Following its premiere in the international competition at the Corona Cork Film Festival, Donald Clarke of The Irish Times reported ‘Joy, shot in beautiful widescreen, finds a teenage mother facing up an anticipated, but still heartbreaking, trauma. The film never shouts when it can whisper. Its familiar story is archetypal in its poignancy.’ The film also screened as part of a Corona Cork Film Festival compilation at the St.Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne.
Starring Jane McGrath (Pure Mule), Aoife Duffin (Behold the Lamb) and Derbhle Crotty (Notes on a Scandal), Joy was produced by Neil Wallace and Emmet Fleming for Venom Films. Director of Photography was Kate McCullough.
A trailer can be viewed at the folllowing link http://www.thisisirishfilm.ie/trailers/joy