Silent Grace (Orla Brady and Cara Seymour) was released theatrically by Guerilla Films in the UK and Ireland. It was Critics Choice in the London Metro and Dublin Hot Press.
Silent Grace premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh.
It was awarded the Soka Art Award and nominated for the Conflict and Resolution Award in association with the Nobel Peace Laureate Foundation at the Hamptons Film Festival USA.
Silent Grace Revival
16 years after its initial premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh and its
small cinema release, Silent Grace experienced a remarkable revivial in
2017 due to its broadcast premiere at prime time on TV3's Be3.
Silent Grace recieved critical acclaim and also significant media exposure about the women prisoners on the 1980 Dirty Protest/Hunger Strike who had been written out of history. The Irish Times were significant in their support.
Set in Armagh Women's Prisons in 1980, Silent Grace is inspired by the largely unreported female involvement in the dirty protests and hunger strikes.
Aine, a wild child criminal gets thrown into the same cell as the highest-ranking Republican prisoner, Eileen. Eileen helps save Aine’s sanity and in a dramatic turn of events, Aine helps save Eileen’s life.
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A gripping story about friendship and survival; Silent Grace tells for the untold story of women’s involvement in the notorious 1980-81 Dirty Protest and Hunger Strikes. Adapted from the play, Now and at the Hour of Our Death, by ‘Trouble and Strife’ and written and directed by Maeve Murphy.
It stars Orla Brady as Eileen; Cathleen Bradley as Aine, with Conor Mullen as the Governor.
Cameo appearances from Patrick Bergin and Robert Newman.
Winner of the ‘International Soka Arts Award’.
“Important story, needs to be told” – Rich Cline, Radio 5.
“Great performance from Orla Brady, bodes well for Murphy”
Pete Bradshaw The Guardian.
Critics Choice: London Metro –
“The womens’ performances make this film compelling”
Critics Choice: Dublin Hotpress – “ Wonderfully humane, Maeve Murphy must be something of a genius, Orla Brady is magnificent.” Tara Brady
“Must be praised for highlighting a piece of forgotten Irish history”.
ORLA BRADY as Eileen
Orla's film credits include ALove Divided for which she was nominated IFTA Best Actress Award; Lurzin Defense,
directed by Marleen Gorris and Words Upon the Window Pane, directed by Mary McGuckian. Orla's theatre
credits include, Blinded by the Sun, directed by Ron Daniels at the National Theatre and Playboy of the Western
World, directed by Robert Delamore at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Her television credits include Leprechauns,
directed by John Henderson and Pure Wickedness BBC, directed by Harry Hook and most recently Servants, for BBC.
CATHLEEN BRADY as Aine
Cathleen's film credits include, About Adam, directed by Gerry Stembridge, Eureka Street, directed by Aiden Shergold
and The Closer you Get, directed by Aileen Ritchie. Theatre credits include Riders to the Sea at the Playhouse, Derry
and Playboy of the Western World at the Balor Theatre.
CARA SEYMOUR as Margaret
Cara's previous film credits include Dancer in the Dark and American Psycho and Adaptation. Theatre credits include
Now and at the Hour of our Death, which won the Time Out award for Best New Play in 1988, the Broadway play,
Goose Pimples, for which she received the Drama Desk Nomination - Outstanding Featured Actress in a play and
Ecstasy, which won an Obie Award.
Golden Globe Nominee for Rwanda, Directed by Terry George
DAWN BRADFIELD as Geraldine
Dawn is a Tony Award nominated Best Actress in a featured role for The Lonesome West, Broadway 1998.
She won the Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Irish Times/ESB Theatre award for The Lonesome West,
directed by Gary Hynes. Dawn's film credits include Disco Pigs, directed by Kirsten Sheridan, Sweety Barrett,
directed by Stephen Bradley. Television credits include Ballykissangel, Rebel Heart and Making the Cut..
Theatre credits include The Asylum Ball, The Calypso Theatre and The Tempest, directed by Conall Morrison
at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
CONOR MULLEN as Cunningham
Conor's previous film credits include Saltwater, directed by Conor McPherson Ordinary Decent Criminals,
directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, The Hunted, directed by Denis Lewiston, Television credits include Badger,
directed by Tom Clegg, Reckless, directed by David Richards and Soldier Soldier, directed by Chris King.
Theatre credits include Closer at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, directed by Simon Magill, This Lime Tree Bower
at the Bush, directed by Conor McPherson.
ROBERT NEWMAN as Father McGarry
Formerly of the comedy duo, The Marywhitehouse Experience and subsequently, one-half of Newman and
Baddiel.. Robert premiered his stand-up comedy show Resistance is Futile at the Edinburugh Fringe Festival
in August 2000 which was followed by a 'live' video release. Robert is now a successful author of Dependence and Manners.
MAEVE MURPHY - Producer/ Writer/ Director
Maeve's previous credits include Salvage, a NIFC short, nominated for the Shine Award 2000 for the Best
European Short Film and nominated for the Universale Speciale Award. Amazing Grace, a BFI short, premiered at
the Edinburgh Film Festival and screened repeatedly on Channel 4's Film Four as a show case short.
Her first short film -The Kiss, was screened at the British Short Film
Festival and West Belfast Film Festival in 1996. SILENT GRACE is Maeve's first feature film.
Maeve is currently working on her second feature film, with the working title Playing With Fire,
in conjunction with the Irish Film Board to be produced by Dean Silvers. Producer of Spanking The Monkey/Flirting With Disaster.
DEIRDRE McMAHON - Co-Producer
Deirdre was Production Manager for the internationally successful Broadway show, Riverdance. She is a partner
of Gerry McColgan of Crimson Films. SILENT GRACE is her first feature film.
DAVID KATZNELSON - Director of Photography
David's work includes awards for several films including; Losing Touch, directed by Sara Gavron, Winner of
Best Film - International Jury de Jeunesse, Clermont-Ferrand, Best Foreign Film at The Los Angeles Short
Film Festival, The London RTS Award and Best International Short - Foyle Film Festival; Lambeth Marsh,
directed by Clio Barnard, screened at Tate Britian's William Blake Exhibition and The Ritzey Cinema; Bubbbles,
directed by Tom Shankland, Winner of Best Film, Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Drama at Rome
Festival of Film Schools and A St. Pertersburgh Symphony, directed by Sasha Snow, Second Prize in the
Valladolid International Film Festival, sponsored and broadcast by the National Geographic Channel and broadcast
by SBS, Australia.
NICOLA MORONEY - Production Designer
Nicola is a freelance Production Designer who has worked extensively in Theatre, Film and Television
(including 2 years as a Production Designer for Ras na Run a TV drama for TG4) She has worked on various projects
including Paths to Freedom a documentary/drama for RTE which she Art Directed.
SILENT GRACE is her first Feature as Production Designer.