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A couple dealing with the aftermath of a terrible accident explore what we will and won't sacrifice for the person we love.

QED poses the ultimate ethical quandary in a society where the right to die is forbidden by law.

Winner "Best Overall Short" Santa Fe Film Festival 2018
Winner "Golden Palm Award" Narrative Short Film, Mexico International Film Festival 2018
Winner "Best Supporting Actress" - Donna Anita Nikolaisen, Underground Cinema Awards 2018
Nominated "Best Emerging Female Director" - Amy-Joyce Hastings, IndieCork Film Festival 2018
Nominated "Best Live Action Short" Irish Film Festa 2018

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  • Michael O'Kelly
  • Trisha Flood
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  • Donna Anita Nikolaisen
    Key Cast
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  • Norma Sheehan
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  • Charlene Gleeson
    Key Cast
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  • Steve Wilson
    Key Cast
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    17 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
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  • Santa Fe Film Festival
    Santa Fe
    United States
    February 9, 2018
    International Premiere
    Winner 'Best Overall Short'
  • Mexico International Film Festival
    May 21, 2018
    "Golden Palm" Winner, Narrative Short
  • Underground Cinema Awards - Nominations Night
    August 27, 2018
    Winner - Best Supporting Actress - Donna Anita Nikolaisen
  • IndieCork Film Festival
    October 12, 2018
    Nominated - Best Emerging Female Director - Amy-Joyce Hastings
  • Galway Film Fleadh
    July 14, 2017
    World Premiere
    Nominated 'Best Irish Short Film'
  • Irish Film Festa, Rome
    March 24, 2018
    Italian Premiere
    Nominated 'Best Live Action Short'
  • San Francisco Irish Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    September 28, 2018
    West Coast Premiere
    Culture Ireland Travel Award
  • Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner
    May 18, 2018
    French Premiere
  • Irish Film Festival Boston
    United States
    March 24, 2018
  • Fastnet Film Festival
    May 25, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Kerry Film Festival
    Killarney, Kerry
    October 22, 2017
  • Richard Harris International Film Festival 2017
    October 29, 2017
  • Underground Cinema Film Festival
    September 1, 2018
  • International Women's Day
    March 8, 2018
  • Richard Harris International Film Festival 2018
    October 28, 2018
Director Biography - Amy-Joyce Hastings

Amy-Joyce Hastings is an award winning short film writer/director who grew up on film sets as a professional actress from a young age. Having worked during her early career with such esteemed directors as Pat O'Connor, Agnieszka Holland and Alison Macleane, she learned through osmosis how a film set operates. To augment this learning she shadowed film & television director Graham Cantwell on a number of productions in recent years.

She earned a Distinction at Trinity College, graduating with a ​Bachelor in Theatre Studies​ from the Samuel Beckett Centre and got her first taste for directing in theatre productions.

Since then she has founded her own short film production company called 22:22 Productions, as well as being Co-Founder and Creative Director for partnership Film Venture London. Film Venture's productions The Callback Queen and Lily (for which she won acting plaudits) have a combined three Irish Film & Television Academy Award nominations since 2016.

As writer and director her most recent film QED, a 17 minute human rights drama produced by Filmbase, premiered at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh before going on to win ‘Best Overall Short Film’ at the 2018 Santa Fe Film Festival, and a ‘Golden Palm Jury Award’ for Narrative Short at the Mexico International Film Festival. QED was selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Courts Métrages (Short Film Corner)and has been nominated and screened at numerous festivals in Europe, America and in Ireland including a nomination for ‘Best Emerging Female Director’ at IndieCork Film Festival 2018 and a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Award at the 2018 Underground Cinema Awards. QED is currently still going strong in its festival journey.

Her 3rd short, micro comedy Body of Christ was commissioned by the Galway Film Centre (UNESCO City of Film). The film took home the Award for ‘Best One Minute Film’ at the 7th Underground Cinema Film Festival, won joint 2nd place at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh's ‘One Minute Film Festival’, and was nominated for the ‘Micro Cinema Award’ at the Blackbird Film Festival in New York. It recently broadcast on Sky Television’s new series The Short Film Show and won the inaugural Award for ‘Best Original Content’ on Sky TV’s International Short Film Awards in March 2018. It has screened all over the world, including television broadcast in China, and is available as part of The Short Film Show series on Amazon Prime.

Previous shorts include Hear Me Now and Nocturne Passage, which played extensively on the festival circuit. Nocturne Passage premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh, won the Jury Prize at the Filmbase 'Movies with the Masters' Awards and received 2 nominations at the 6th Underground Cinema Awards in 2015.

Her combination of skills and experience from acting to writing, directing and producing is an asset when liaising with various departments on a shoot, as she understands the language to best communicate with both cast and crew. Her strengths as a writer and director lie in her ability to blend psychological drama with black comedy and bold visuals.

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Director Statement

QED is ostensibly a drama about a marriage strained to breaking point in the wake of a devastating accident, but it is at its core a complex human rights issue that I couldn't shy away from once the story premise had been pitched to me by my co-writer/lead actor, who conceived the story premise inspired by personal experience.

Early in pre production, I made an aesthetic choice that I wanted the cinematography and production design to look beautiful at all times to juxtapose against the bleakness of the film's events. I also wanted to emphasise how Ali's life was pretty perfect otherwise and that even in her awful situation she still had the best of everything materially. But no amount of creature comforts, love or care is enough (for her) to compensate for her lack of freedom and autonomy.

The film touches on several themes including relational issues such as marriage, love and fidelity. We meet Jack and Ali, two characters very much in love - they are sporty, active, sexual - take all that away and their marriage as they knew it is destroyed, but their love remains. Agápē - a love that is prepared to sacrifice itself for a higher purpose. She loves him and so she doesn't want to condemn him to an entire lifetime of celibate care-taking. He loves her and wants to release her, but feels it's an impossible ask.

And so we come to the fundamental question posed by the film.... What won't love do?

Can you expect someone you love to suffer; to sacrifice their whole life to look after you; to commit to a lifetime of celibacy instead of the faithful marriage they signed up for; to live with your death on their conscience? Conversely can you expect someone you love to suffer a restricted life they don't want to endure? Are you able to physically end their suffering yourself, or not to intercede and let them die as they choose?

Can you set someone free even if it would destroy you?

This material has taken me to some dark and edgy places. It viscerally reminded me of watching my Grandad slowly deteriorate from Parkinson's until his perfectly acute mind was locked in a completely non functional body. That is the perspective I am approaching the film from - the horror of being a prisoner in your own body. As a society we are denying people their human rights in determining whether they do or don't want to live like that. Moreover, under the current laws in Ireland - which are the strictest in Europe - Jack would face 15 years imprisonment for agreeing to fulfil Ali's wishes.

The story as a whole is a prelude to that final dilemma. The film ultimately hinges on that 'what would you do?' moment. The euthanasia and assisted suicide argument is an extension of the pro-choice argument for autonomy over one's own body, even if you no longer have physical control over that body. It is a fundamental human rights issue that I believe will become more and more prevalent in our society as we live progressively longer.

That said, I wanted to take this issue out of the more conventional realm of elderly patients and examine it in context of a younger person who had been in the prime of life. Ali's character has perhaps four more decades to live out (instead of at most a few years) and if she considers her suffering to be unbearable, then is it not cruelty for society to force her to endure it?

An important caveat - this film does not attempt to provide a Universal answer for a highly complex issue, just to illuminate the journey of the individual character of Ali, who has made her decision, having played out all the scenarios in her mind's eye. She, as an individual, has reached her own - controversial and difficult - conclusion. Hence the title of the piece - Quod Erat Demonstrandum - QED.

One final objective I had very clearly going in to making this was to examine 'reader response theory'. The ending is deliberately ambiguous. I know some people will drop one way with it, and other people the opposite, it's so much to do with that individual's perspective and what they project on to it according to their own emotions, life experiences and ethics. There have already been some heated debates between crew members (even at the script stages) as to the ending. I leave it entirely to the individual viewer to interpret.

In fact my entire thesis with QED is about the individual's right to decide, not society's right to superimpose their decision onto an individual who's physically incapable of determining their own future. It's a hard and emotive subject but I think it is the role of art to shine a light on difficult topics and provoke discussion on what I believe will become a major human rights issue in the 21st Century.