Short Film of the Week: Watch ‘The White Dress’ by Vanessa Gildea


The White Dress (2006) is the story of a girl on her communion day, but unlike most other little girls, she is making her communion all on her own.

Director Vanessa Gildea wrote and directed the Film Board funded short film, which has won numerous awards and a nomination for an IFTA. The film has been screened by RTÉ, Swiss, French and Italian Television.

Speaking to Film Ireland Vanessa explained how The White Dress “was inspired by a true story told to me by a friend of mine who was teaching in an inner city school at the time. I was very interested in how at the height of the economic boom there were many forgotten people. I couldn’t get this little girl out of my head, so I wrote it down and luckily the Irish Film Board funded it. ”



Written and Directed by Vanessa Gildea.

Produced by Dave Lawless and Shirley Weir.

Cinematography by Paddy Jordan.

Edited by Frank Reid.

Production Company, Brazen Films.


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