A Particular Friend

When Father Matthew discovers an intimacy between two of the other priests at a remote conversion-therapy centre in Northern Ireland, his attempt to do the right thing leads to a crisis of
faith and feeling.

  • Eileen Tracey
    Director
  • Eileen Tracey
    Writer
  • Jessica Palmarozza
    Producer
  • Brian Milligan
    Key Cast
    "Father Matthew"
  • Chris Robinson
    Key Cast
    "Father Cillian"
  • Desmond Eastwood
    Key Cast
    "Father Gibson"
  • Tom Killian
    Composer
  • Tom Killian
    Sound Designer
  • Jonathas Nazareth
    Editor
  • Hannah L'Estrange
    Editor
  • Sarraa
    Cinematographer
  • Jonathas Nazareth
    Cinematographer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    17,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Eileen Tracey

Eileen is a Northern Irish filmmaker specialising in Writing, Directing and Development. She studied visual arts before moving into Film Distribution at Studiocanal and Lionsgate. This year she completed a Master’s Degree in Directing Fiction.

Her festival-winning short The Secret Life of Marionettes earned her the Lisburn Young Artist of the Year award. Her last short One for the Road was made in collaboration with a community in Wales set to lose their homes to climate change. The film starred Lynn Hunter and Catrin Stewart and has been nominated for 10 international film awards and won 7. OFTR has been screened and won awards in BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals worldwide.

Eileen’s next film, A Particular Friend, is a drama based on the experiences of the victims and practitioners of Conversion Therapy in Northern Ireland Filming has just wrapped on A Particular Friend, a short written and directed by Eileen and produced by Flumeri Films. The film was developed through interviews Eileen conducted with victims of conversion therapy. A Particular Friend was funded by NI Screen and Pink Tape Films, shooting in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland. Eileen is currently developing the feature script with Flumeri Films.

Eileen’s work is all about representing unheard voices and people and creating empathy and understanding through film.

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Director Statement

Developed through a series of interviews and meetings with victims of Conversion Therapy, 'A Particular Friend' tells the story of Matthew, a priest and CT practitioner at a rehab centre for gay priests. With his judgement marred by a lifetime of sexual shaming and internalised homophobia, Matthew believes that he is helping his fellow priests. But when he discovers a potential relationship between two of the inmates, Matthew realises that perhaps the practice is much more harmful than good and there are better ways for him to choose the path of compassion and understanding. Behind the striking religious imagery and repressed sexuality, A Particular Friend is the story of one man’s desire to be good and his journey to discover how.