Ciaran Craigh’s new film ANN arrives at IFI

Dramatising the real-life story of Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old girl who died in childbirth in a grotto in Granard, Co. Longford in 1984, Ciaran Creagh’s film revisits a tragedy that shook the nation to its core.

Ann is a complex irish drama written and directed by Ciaran Creagh. The movie is inspired by true events, and tells us the story of Ann, who has become pregnant.

Staring the talented actress Zara Devlin, who interpreted a 15 years old girl that is pregnant in a catholic village in Ireland.

The film explores themas about trauma, prejudice, religion and loneliness. At the beginning we can’t see a lot of these, because the movie looks like a independent and experimental film that makes you feel nothing is happening, but pass 50 minutes, we can finally start to feel a connection with the story. Revealing the complexity of the plot, questioning and trying to understand the enviroment surrounding Ann.

One of the strengths of ‘Ann’ is the realistic portrayal of teenage pregnancy, that pretends to be something bad, which isolates adolescent girls out of fear and guilt. In ‘Ann’, prejudice, religion and fear of what people will say gets in the way.

The film also highlights the importance of support, for people who don’t have the confident to ask for help.

Overall, ‘Ann’ is a powerful and moving film that tackles important themes with nuance and depth. At times it’s even a bit disturbing. It is reality cashing into us through the screen.

It’s a must-see for anyone interested in thoght provoking drama and an exceptional performance.

On January 31, 1984, Ann awakens to realize that she was going to have this baby. Having left the house early, Ann scurries around to find somewhere to hide, lost and frightened.

More info at IFI

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