When Dan bumps into his ex-girlfriend Éabha, she has a long agonised-over question which has major implications for them both.

  • Fabien Oman
    Wallpaper, Chestnuts
  • Fabien Oman
    Wallpaper, Smoulder
  • Philip Kidd
    Wallpaper, Clarity, The New Music
  • Dave Rowe
    Key Cast
    Vikings Valhalla, Clean Sweep
  • Louise Bourke
    Key Cast
    Who We Love, Bad Things In The Middle Of Nowhere
  • Sebastian Stephenson
    Key Cast
    Michael Inside, Clarity
  • Derek Byrne
    Sound Design
  • Gerard Nash
  • Philip Kidd
    Wallpaper, Clarity, The New Music
  • Jannik Ohlendieck
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    13 minutes 24 seconds
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    November 1, 2023
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    1,500 EUR
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Director Biography - Fabien Oman

Fabien is a filmmaker from Dublin with experience in everything from props to acting. 'Staggered' is the first film he has directed solo, based on a play he wrote which was produced at the Seán O'Casey Theatre - which features in the film - by Little Shadow in 2017. Previous directorial credit is for 'Wallpaper', co-directed with Philip Kidd, which had an award-winning festival run in 2022. It is currently being developed into a series. Producer credits include the award-winning 'Smoulder' and 'Chestnuts' (Cork International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival). Props credits include 'The Pope's Exorcist' and 'Disenchanted'.

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Director Statement

As you advance into your thirties there is an increasing awareness of a life’s story taking shape, the near-endless possibilities of earliest adulthood beginning to tangibly narrow. This awareness can bring with it a lot of pressure. It can also lay bare the messiness of how you arrived at this place in your life, for better or worse. You can look back and see how so much has hinged on not-fully-informed decisions, chance, circumstance, timing. In Éabha and Dan’s case, a breakdown in communication between them led to a small misinterpretation which totally altered the course of both of their lives. Such moments are present in all of our stories, and ‘Staggered’ is about what we do with them.