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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

SNAP

Directed by Carmel Winters
FEATURE NARRATIVE 86 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE SNAP

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.

Drama, Female Director(s)
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.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    86 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • 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

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