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Short Film – The Visit



TITLE: The Visit

Funded by: Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award scheme

Director: Orla Walsh
Writer: Orla Walsh
Producer: Paul Donovan

Running Time: 22 mins
Year: 1992
Language: English
Format: 16mm

Key Cast: Magael Mclaughlin
DOP: Donal Gilligan


A powerful drama about a prisoner’s wife in Belfast in 1987. On the way to visit her husband in prison, a Northern Irish woman remembered the events from her seven years of being a republican prisoner’s wife, and the ways in which she has fought against the expectations that the role has forced upon her.

More Information:

-Arts Council Film Award, 1992
-Cultural Traditions Group Media Prize, 1992
-Best Film (Educational Politics), Oberhausen Film Festival, 1993
-Best Actress, Brest Film Festival, 1993
-Best Film and Best Actress, Huy, Belgium, 1993
-Certificate of Merit, Cork Festival 1993

-RTE (1993)
-Danish National Network (1993)
-Channel 4 (1994)
-Celtic Visions (1995)

-One week at the Irish Film Centres Cinemas