Posted February 25, 2013
Filmbase/RTE short film Joy, written and directed by Colm Quinn, will have it’s first television screening on February 25th on RTE2 at 11.25pm as part of the Short Screen series.
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.
The film had its international premiere at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas in March 2012, before going on to gain a Special Mention for Best Irish Short at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Following its debut in the international competition at the 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.”
Joy also screened as part of a Cork Film Festival compilation at the St.Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne, and featured at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto and the Seattle International Film Festival amongst others.
Starring Jane McGrath (Pure Mule), Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy) 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.
Joy was shot on location in St.Vincents Private Hospital in Dublin. A teaser can be viewed at the folllowing link http://www.thisisirishfilm.ie/trailers/joy