Private Project


Based on a series of interviews, Coventry is a stylized exploration of the stigma regarding leaving a marriage in pre-divorce Ireland.
This film was created in collaboration with a number of Irish women ranging in age from 55 to 75.

It is part of a long-term collaboration between artists Shaun Dunne and Luca Truffarelli exploring intimacy and aging.

(Please note this is a low res version of the film.)

  • Shaun Dunne
    The First Was A Boy
  • Shaun Dunne
    The First Was A Boy
  • Shaun Dunne
    The First Was A Boy
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 11, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 EUR
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  • Dublin International Film Festival
    March 6, 2020
    Irish Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Shaun Dunne

Shaun Dunne is a Dublin-based film and theatre-artist.

He works primarily with Talking Shop Ensemble and their work to date includes the multi-award winning theatre projects Death of the Tradesmen, Advocacy, and Making a Mark. Other recent work includes RAPIDS at Dublin Theatre Festival, 2017 and The Waste Ground Party at The Abbey Theatre.

In 2019, Shaun premiered his first short film, The First was a Boy at Dublin International Film Festival. Here, it was awarded the Judge’s Special Mention for Irish Short. It later screened at Cork Film Festival where it received the Honorable Mention for The Grand Prix Documentary Short Award.

In 2020, Shaun will present a new play, "Restoration", in the Space Upstairs at Project Arts Centre. Written by Shaun, this new work will be directed by Darren Thornton (A Date for Mad Mary). Shaun will then later present an Irish-language adaptation of Carmen at The Abbey Theatre with OneTwoOneTwo called Eist Liom. Following this, Shaun will head into pre-production on a feature-length film adaptation of RAPIDS with Invisible Thread Productions.

Over the years, Shaun has also worked extensively as an actor. In 2020, he can be seen in BEARDS directed by David Freyne and recently played the role of RYAN in TREASURE’s Headcases.

Shaun is an artist in residence at The Ark and Project Arts Centre. He is currently in post-production on his second film, “Past Pupil” for The Ark.

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