'When a spectre from her past re-enters a traumatised young woman's life, she'll do anything to stop history repeating itself.'

  • John Sweeney
    Behind Closed Doors, Contractors, Do you Remember
  • Fabien Oman
  • Fabien Oman
  • Laura Whelan
    Key Cast
    "Orla "
  • Jonathan Origan
    Key Cast
  • Michelle McCrossan
    Key Cast
    "The Shee "
  • Fabien Oman
    Key Cast
    "Andrew "
  • Tristan Shiels
    Director of Photography
  • Hannah Loughran
    Hair & Make Up
  • Jannik Ohlendieck
  • Cian Tisdall
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Jannik Ohlendieck
    1st Assistant Director
  • Eoghan Tyrrell
    Sound Mixer & Boom Operator
  • Philip Kidd
    Sound Mixer & Boom Operator
  • Eoghan Tyrrell
    Sound Designer
  • Martin Nee
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    8 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
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Director Biography - John Sweeney

John Sweeney is a Dublin-based actor, writer and now first-time director with his debut short film '' Shee''

John began acting at an early age in school doing plays like Grease and Oliver Twist. After some years away, he returned to acting in 2013. He studied in the Gaiety School of Acting and also attended Terry McMahon’s acclaimed acting courses.

A highly energetic actor, John is capable of playing dark or comedic characters. He has starred in numerous TV productions like ‘24 Hours to Kill’, ‘Irish Dumbest Criminals’ and ‘Gangland Ireland’.

John has many independent short films and several feature credits to his name including ‘Class A’; a gangland feature film directed by 'Red Room's Stephen Gaffney.

John co-wrote the feature film ‘Thank You Come Again’ and the short films ‘Behind Closed Doors, Do you Remember’ and ‘Contractors’, both directed by Stephen Clarke Dunne.

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Director Statement

As a director, I am deeply interested in exploring the themes of trauma and grief, and how they can shape and affect our lives in profound ways. In "When a spectre from her past re-enters a traumatised young woman's life, she'll do anything to stop history repeating itself," I aim to delve into the idea that trauma is not just something that happens to us, but something that we carry with us, and can even pass on to those we love.

Through this short film, I hoped to explore the ways in which traumatic experiences can resurface unexpectedly, and the profound impact they can have on our lives. At the same time, I want to examine the lengths to which people will go to protect themselves and their loved ones from the pain of the past.