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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

SNAP

TFF 2010 Directed by Carmel Winters
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE SNAP [TFF 2010]

A constant air of mystery pervades the mesmerizing psychological drama Snap. As Sandra (Aisling O'Sullivan, The War Zone) divulges her side of the story to a documentary crew, the film flashes back to an incident involving her 15-year-old son, Stephen (Stephen Moran), who abducted a toddler and held him captive in his grandfather's home. We don't know why Stephen took the child, nor what he will do with him—we only see them playing games and watching old home movies. As the film oscillates between Stephen in the past and Sandra in the present, their stories begin to unravel, and soon the puzzle pieces fit together to reveal the full picture of the abduction.

First-time writer/director Carmel Winters brings a quiet intensity to her debut, creating an unsettling but tantalizing atmosphere. A successful playwright, she brilliantly flushes out her characters using visual devices such as documentary video, Super-8, and mobile phone cameras that gives an immediacy to their emotional states. O'Sullivan gives a candid and brave performance that elicits the anger, humiliation, and relief of Sandra, and Moran confidently plays Stephen as a conflicted adolescent trying to make sense of the past that is driving him into the future.

Interests
Drama, Female Director(s)

A constant air of mystery pervades the mesmerizing psychological drama Snap. As Sandra (Aisling O'Sullivan, The War Zone) divulges her side of the story to a documentary crew, the film flashes back to an incident involving her 15-year-old son, Stephen (Stephen Moran), who abducted a toddler and held him captive in his grandfather's home. We don't know why Stephen took the child, nor what he will do with him—we only see them playing games and watching old home movies. As the film oscillates between Stephen in the past and Sandra in the present, their stories begin to unravel, and soon the puzzle pieces fit together to reveal the full picture of the abduction.

First-time writer/director Carmel Winters brings a quiet intensity to her debut, creating an unsettling but tantalizing atmosphere. A successful playwright, she brilliantly flushes out her characters using visual devices such as documentary video, Super-8, and mobile phone cameras that gives an immediacy to their emotional states. O'Sullivan gives a candid and brave performance that elicits the anger, humiliation, and relief of Sandra, and Moran confidently plays Stephen as a conflicted adolescent trying to make sense of the past that is driving him into the future.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 86 minutes
Language: English
Country: Ireland
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Aisling O'Sullivan, Stephen Moran, Pascal Scott Eileen Walsh, Mick Lally, Adam Duggan
Director: Carmel Winters
Screenwriter: Carmel Winters
Producer: Martina Niland
Editor: Mary Finlay
Director of Photography: Kate McCullough
Co-Producer: Cathleen Dore
Production Design: Padraig O'Neill
Contacts

Publicist
Natasha Bodemann
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 673-4627
nbnypublicity@gmail.com

Director
Carmel Winters
Dublin 4, 4
carmel.winters@googlemail.com

Publicist
Natasha Bodemann
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 673-4627
nbnypublicity@gmail.com

Director
Carmel Winters
Dublin 4, 4
carmel.winters@googlemail.com

About the Director(s)
Carmel Winters makes her feature film directing debut with Snap. Her upcoming play The A to Zee of P and Dee will premiere at the Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she writes and directs theater and has also lectured in drama.

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