International acclaim for Laois filmmaker's 'Hymn'


International acclaim for Laois filmmaker's 'Hymn'
By Ryan Dunne @laoisnews

A burgeoning young filmmaker from Laois is currently enjoying international acclaim with her first short film, a reflection of grief which was shot here in her home county.

Katherine Canty’s ‘January Hymn’ tells the story of Clara, who returns home for the first anniversary of her father’s death.

Katherine started developing the script after she graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2013, and in early 2015 was awarded funding by the Irish Film Board's prestigious Signatures scheme.

Taking the form of a fractured narrative, the film considers how Clara’s experience of grief shapes her poetic relationship to a home forever altered by loss.

January Hymn is an all-female led production, featuring Niamh Algar, Ally Ni Chiarain, Aisling McLaughlin, Joe Mullins, and Gina Moxley.

Also making a brief appearance in the film is young Laois actor, Johnny Kelly.

January Hymn premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh, and then screened at the 29th Leeds International Film Festival, and the Nevada City Film Festival, and will screen at the Montecatini International Short Film Festival in October.