Private Project

They Call Me Bridget

A young woman accused of witchcraft must confront her husband’s betrayal, to reclaim her story and find peace.

Inspired by the heartbreaking true story of Bridget Cleary, this is an art-house film that pays homage to Ireland's forgotten women, by exposing abuse, challenging the past, and giving a voice to the silenced.

  • Tzarini Rose Meyler
    Director
  • Tzarini Rose Meyler
    Writer
  • Ana Canals
    Producer
  • Conall Cahill
    Key Cast
    "Michael"
  • Tzarini Meyler
    Key Cast
    "Bridget"
  • Juan Pais
    Director of Photography
  • Borja Raton
    Camera & Drone Operation
  • Ruairi Macmaoilir
    Costume & Prop designer
  • Letizia Delmastro
    Production manager
  • Grainne Coughlan
    Make-up Artist
  • Connor Dee
    Sound Recordist
  • David Hamilton
    Final score composer
  • Teague Meyler
    Production assistants
  • Michael Buckley
    Production assistants
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tzarini Rose Meyler

Tzarini is an Irish actor, artist and filmmaker. She trained at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona (MA with distinction). She is the artistic director of LipZinc Theatre Company. Recent credits include 'KITES' at Vault Festival, 'Dublin in a Rainstorm' at Smock Alley Theatre, and 'Pheromone' at Edinburgh Fringe. 'They Call Me Bridget' is her first short film, and she is currently in post production of her second, 'Mermaid of the Sands', shot on location in Andalusia, Spain.

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Director Statement

I wanted to create a film that imagines Bridget as an icon for all those names we hear, but never hear from; victims who didn't get a voice or chance to share their story. I wanted to capture the surreal nature of abusive relationships, juxtaposing nightmarish fear with captivating beauty. The film uses surreal imagery and poetic language to explore our distorted relationship with time and memory in the aftermath of trauma. It exposes Ireland's dark past of covered up abuse, from a female perspective, empowering us to reclaim our identity.