Donegal writer and actress awarded second Donegal Film Fellowship
Actress, screenwriter and director Dorothy Duffy is the recipient of the second Donegal Film Fellowship funded by Creative Ireland.
She said: “Many thanks to the Donegal Film Office for all their tireless work in promoting Donegal as an amazing location for productions.
“I’m really looking forward to working with some amazing Donegal-based artists on this new project and I’m particularly delighted to have Tara Hegarty from Fishwife Films producing.
“My work is inspired by stories that are often ignored, in the quiet and deep moments of life when huge events can happen to us. I want to make films that reflect the world, as I see it.
“I like movies rooted in their community and especially in communities that aren’t often represented in mainstream media. I’m interested in the ordinary, the truth, the humanity.”
Now based in Dunfanaghy, Dorothy has spent over 20 years on film sets starting out as an actress in The Magdalene Sisters which was directed by Peter Mullan and won Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival.
She worked with Mike Leigh on his film Vera Drake, Grief for The National Theater and the 2018 historical epic Peterloo.
Dorothy has also worked extensively for the Met Film school in London. Most recently, she starred in the Northern Ireland funded short film Screen Childer, directed by Aislinn Clarke.
Growing up in the Gaeltacht of Edeninfagh near Glenties, Dorothy developed a deep love of the Irish language and she remains passionate about including it in her work. She is currently working on several exciting projects including a comedy series based on Donegal and her first feature film.
Aideen Doherty of the Donegal Film Office said: “The Film Office has been very encouraged by the response to the grant this year and appreciates the contribution made by those involved in the sector across the county.
“It is truly encouraging to see quality entries submitted by Donegal-born writers, directors and producers.”
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