Testimony follows a 9-year-old Cat O’Neill on her “day in court,” when she’s asked to testify in a domestic violence court hearing. Her mother is the plaintiff, her father – the defendant. The film features 11-year-old actress Olivia Daly in the leading role. Neill Fleming and Clodagh Downing star as the parents, with Hilary Cotter as the Judge (nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Dublin Underground Cinema Awards 2015). The production team includes Alan Rogers as DOP, Daragh Murphy as Editor, and Ian MacIntyre as Sound Recordist, with Executive Producers Florencia Iriondo (U.S.), Niall Murphy (Ireland) and Brandon Smith (Australia).
The nomination for the IMDb New Filmmaker’s Award is the biggest success for the Testimony team to date. The Awards ceremony takes place on December 8th and the judges include Col Needham, CEO of IMDb, director Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders) and Wendy Mitchell (former Managing Editor @ IndieWire, currently Film Programme Manager @ The British Council.) More details and other nominees can be found here.
On November 25th, Testimony is also scheduled to air on U.S. ShortsHD, the only network in the world dedicated to short films, available in 40 million homes. In November, the network scheduled “100 Films By Her” – the most extensive collection of women’s film’s ever programmed on television. The program includes shorts by Jane Campion, and was covered by IndieWire and Huffington Post, among others.
Promotional video for “100 Films By Her” can be viewed here.
Testimony is Kamila Dydyna’s first film. She’s currently developing another short, The Betrayal, a female-driven drama/ thriller focusing on LGBT issues, domestic violence and revenge porn.
Dydyna is also working with Dublin-based production company Driftwood Doll Films on a new feature film entitled 144,000 Lies, following the story of a teenage girl growing up within the ranks of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 1990s Ireland.