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Shorts for Choice Fundraiser

Thursday 3rd August 7pm

Filmbase presents Shorts for Choice, an evening featuring fabulous short films, live music and burlesque performances, culminating with a panel discussion – all hosted by comedian/activist, Emily O’Callaghan.

This event is BYOB.

There’s no entry fee, but do bring along some sheckles if you have them, as there’s a suggested donation of €5 and fantastic raffle prizes. These include a Filmbase Training Voucher for €150, original artworks, tickets to a fantastic show at the Dublin Fringe Festival, a voucher for the Project Arts Centre Theatre, Swag, Literature, Goodies from First Draft Coffee and much, much more.

All funds raised will be donated to the Abortion Support Network, an all-volunteer organisation providing accommodation and financial assistance to women forced to travel from Ireland to have a safe and legal abortion.


Date and Time:

  • Thursday 3 August 2017
  • 19:00 – 21:30 PM



  • Filmbase, 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Line Up:

  • Musical Performance:

Katherine Atkinson and Simon Quigley perform a specially curated selection of songs.

  • Short Films:

The Christening – Oonagh Kearney’s film tells the story of Ailbhe, a young girl who must make a very adult decision.


My Body, My Choice – Laragh McCann’s experimental piece aims to give visual representation to the suffocating imprisonment of women’s bodies under Ireland’s constitutional restriction of their reproductive rights.


Heartbreak – Dave Tynan’s IFTA-winning short film about a young Irish woman and the tough choices she must make. Written and performed by Emmet Kirwan.

Terminal – Natasha Waugh’s film explores the lives of two women with hugely contrasting circumstances meeting by chance at an airport, embarking on their journeys to seek respective abortions.

  • Burlesque:

Ahead of her incredible show, Hellions, Niamh Creely, AKA Flaming Jade, owns the stage as only she can.

  • Panel Discussion:

Comedian and activist Emily O’Callaghan will be chatting to:

– Siobhán Clancy, artist and founding member of the Abortion Rights Campaign

– Natasha Waugh, Terminal Filmmaker

– Eileen Flynn, Community & Youth Development Worker


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  • Emily O’Callaghan

Emily has had many incarnations… all of them in this life. She is a trained cobbler(!), photographer, massage therapist with some dabbling in the film, television, radio and comedy worlds. She has a love/hate relationship with Ireland but sure don’t we all.


  • Simon Quigley

Simon Quigley is a composer, arranger and pianist was born in Dublin. He has worked with many very successful solo artists and was a member of Dublin indie rock group Sack. Always pursuing different musical forms, he has performed with many distinctive artists. These performers have included, Camille O’Sullivan, Briana Corrigan, and Edwyn Collins. He has composed music for TV series and documentaries for RTÉ.


  • Katherine Atkinson

As a performer, musician and cultural practitioner Katherine works in the field of public engagement with the arts through a range of methodologies. She has experience of how performance works in relation to spatial, social, environmental and political realities with an enduring commitment to social justice.


  • Dave Tynan

Dave is a writer and director from Dublin. His short films include Just Saying, Rockmount, We Face This Land, and Heartbreak. 


  • Oonagh Kearney

Oonagh is an award-winning writer and director based between London and Cork. Oonagh has written and directed one full-length documentary and nine short films with the support of the Irish Arts Council, Irish Film Board, RTÉ, TG4 and BRITDOC.


  • Laragh McCann

Laragh is a freelance photographer, art director and director from Dublin. My Body, My Choice is her first film project to air, which was swiftly followed by the release of her first short film Day premiering in the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh. Day covers the subject of eating disorders. Her photography and film work has appeared recently in I-D, Thread and fronted the worldwide publicity campaign for Kodalines’ album ‘In a Perfect World’.


  • Natasha Waugh

Natasha co-founded Fight Back Films in 2013, and has, to date, directed four short films (Food Fight, Running Commentary, Lag, and Terminal) and co-directed another (The Betrayal) with filmmaker Kamila Dydyna.


  • Flaming Jade

Niamh Creely is circus performer and winner of Best Comedy at the Dublin Burlesque Festival. This fiery lady has graced and aced the burlesque stage. She’s a singer, a dancer and a bit of a chancer: it’s Flaming Jade!


  • Siobhán Clancy:

Siobhán is an artist and founding member of the Abortion Rights Campaign, which is a movement for choice and change in Ireland.


  • Eileen Flynn

Eileen is a community development worker who has just finished a BA in Community & Youth Work in Maynooth University. Her ultimate goal is to be a TD in the Dáil as a Traveller woman and to challenge the inequalities in Irish society for all communities that suffer marginalisation.