The Betrayal

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Irish LGBT drama

Mark and Nel’s marriage is on the rocks. While Mark’s insecurity escalates into violence, Nel is questioning her feelings for her best friend, Alice.

Irish short film written, directed and shot by a female-driven team, featuring music by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Ryan Vail and Conor Walsh. Directed by Kamila Dydyna and Irish Film & TV Award-nominated Natasha Waugh.

“Strong performances from the two female leads and solid work from the two directors shows an assured confidence from the cast and crew toward the project. Being a little on the long side of short allows time for the narrative’s more dramatic elements to be drawn out to a more satisfying degree and the pace is aided by a surprisingly robust soundtrack. It features tracks from Ryan Vail’s debut album “For Every Silence”, Conor Walsh’s “The Front”, tracks by OCHO and most notably, “Martha’s Dream” by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.”

Whether you’re gay, straight, sexually fluid, undecided: the issues raised in The Betrayal are or may become relevant to you in the future.

Shot with a predominantly female team, the opposite of the norm in most productions. The movie looks set to go places that not many Irish films have gone before. The thriller is not for the faint-hearted as it touches on numerous adult themes such as sexual identity, domestic violence, within the story of a marriage break-up.

Each member of the crew come with their own experiences of being a woman in an imbalanced industry where it’s common to be one out of ten on film sets and in production meetings, and are quite amused to have it the other way round for once.

Filmmaker Kamila Dydyna says about the domestic violence aspect of the film:

“I GREW UP WATCHING MY PARENT’S VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP AND STILL KNOW WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE AFFECTED BY IT. HEARING OF HOMOPHOBIC ATTACKS ON MY OWN FRIENDS – FROM THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADERS DOWN TO THEIR PARENTS – BREAKS MY HEART BUT ALSO FUELS MY PASSION FOR STORYTELLING. WRITING/DIRECTING AND ACTING IN STORIES FEATURING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IS MY WAY OF TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT, AND ULTIMATELY INSPIRE PEOPLE TO PREVENT IT.THE FILM IS A UNIQUE VOICE ON AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT.” ”

The film was co-directed by Irish Film & TV Award-nominated filmmaker Natasha Waugh

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