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ShortSpace: Sept 2013

'Her Mother's Daughters'

‘Her Mother’s Daughters’

7pm Thursday 14th March

Theme: “Dance on Film”

For the most recent ShortSpace we were delighted to host a special focus on dance film. Irish filmmakers have created a whole host of hugely creative films in collaboration with choreographers. Being able to capture the art of dance on film is a particularly difficult task so we were be looking at a selection of highly creative dance films and talking to the people behind them – both dancers/choreographers and filmmakers – on how they approached their films.

We were delighted to include as part of the screening, Deep End Dance, Her Mother’s Daughters and Motion Sickness, check out info on the films below and look out for information on the next Shortspace, coming soon.

For information, contact Lynn on 01 679 6716 or email Below is a list of the shorts that were screened on the night.

Booking Info:

  • Tickets are €5 members / €8 non-members
  • Advance booking / reservation through Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 (dial 0 for reception)
  • Reservations or queries to (include your full name and contact number)
  • Reservations are only held until 6.45pm on the night
  • ShortSpace venue is Filmbase Basement space unless otherwise stated
  • ShortSpace is not suitable for children, attendees should be 18+ years.


Programme Line-up:

Deep End Dance

6 mins | Colour | 2010

Directed by Conor Horgan

Choreographed by David Bolger

Produced by Martha O’Neill for Wildfire Films

A fully dressed man is pushed into a swimming pool by his mother. He brushes himself off and starts dancing underwater, always aware that she’s watching. After a while she joins him, and they play out the story of their relationship through the underwater dance.

This film was funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council and Radió Teilifis Éireann under the joint RTÉ Dance on the Box Scheme.

Some awards include Best Short Drama, Celtic Media Festival, 2011; Best Short FIlm, Irish Film Festival Boston 2011; Best Dance Film, Fastnet Short Film Festival 2011.

Her Mother’s Daughters

6 mins | live Action drama | Colour | 2010

Writer/Director Oonagh Kearney

Choreography by Cindy Cummings

Producer Rachel Lysaght for Underground Films

In Her Mother’s Daughters, filmmaker Oonagh Kearney uses dance to look at the relationships between mothers, daughters and sisters. Inspired by her own family and by photographer Francesca Woodman, Kearney and her associates explore “the playful tensions between siblings, the politics of space in a house full of women, the moment when individual energies morph into a group synergy, themes of support and rivalry, co-operation and rebellion, strength and weakness, love and memory…”

Motion Sickness

10 mins | Colour | 2012

Writer/Director Jessica Kennedy and John McIlduff

Choreographer Jessica Kennedy

Produced by Zlata Filipovic

A teenage marching band rehearses on a rooftop car park on a Saturday. A flock of crows lie dead in the wind. Three people sit in the back of a car waiting to move. Motion Sickness is a dance film exploring ideas of need, rejection and escape. The film is a collaboration between award-winning choreographer Jessica Kennedy and award-winning filmmaker John McIlduff.

ShortSpace Submissions:

  • Filmbase accepts short film submissions for ShortSpace in all genres (drama, documentary, animation, experimental)
  • To submit your film please email the ShortSpace programmer for more details on
  • Please note that submitting your film does not guarantee inclusion in the programme
  • Ideally shorts should be ten minutes or under films. Films over 30 minutes will not be accepted.

Booking Info:

    • Tickets are €5 members / €8 non-members
    • Tickets are available on the door or by booking in advance
    • Call Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 (dial 0 for reception) to book now
    • You can also reserve a place by phone/email and pay on the night
    • To reserve email your full name and contact number to
    • Reservations are only held until 6.45pm on the night
    • ShortSpace at Filmbase takes place in the Basement Space on the first Thursday of every month however this is subject to change. Details will be posted on the website.


  • ShortSpace is not suitable for children, attendees should be 18+ years.

For more info on ShortSpace contact Clare Creely at Filmbase on clare NB For more info on what Filmbase membership includes visit