Safe as Houses

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Safe as Houses

17 mins | Ireland | 2022

Director: Mia Mullarkey
Producer: Claire Mc Cabe
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Screenwriter: Sarah Ahern
Editor: Colin Campbell
Cinematographer: Luke Jacobs
Cast: Siobhan Loscher, Nova Farrelly
Genre Tags: Drama
Release Year: 2022
Language: English (United Kingdom)
Subtitle: English (United Kingdom)
Country: Ireland
Genre: Female Director,International,Short Film,Social Justice,Disability

(THIS FILM WAS PART OF OUR 2023 FESTIVAL LINEUP AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE SLAMDANCE CHANNEL) Safe as Houses tells the story of Aggie, a woman with Down syndrome living independently in a small community estate. Free-running kids play on the green outside her house: a stage at the centre of sitting room windows. Of all the children that gather here, Aggie has warmed to Lucy who plays alone and unnoticed. It’s a hot, sticky summer’s day when Aggie finds young Lucy upset outside her door and invites her inside to cheer her up. They dance, they play, they laugh before their fun reveals the underlying issue of why Lucy doesn’t want to return home. Aggie’s intentions are muddled with everyone’s preconceptions. And so begins a showdown between furious parents and the judging onlookers.