Gender issue Irish short The Betrayal partners with DCU-based Sexuality Studies research group

The upcoming Dublin-shot, female-created Irish short The Betrayal has partnered with a DCU-based Sexuality Studies research group. The thriller, which focuses on social and gender issues, joins with the research group aimed at investigating processes and variations in sexual cultures, sexual identities and gender role formation. The group is headed by Dr Mel Duffy and Mr Jean-Philippe Imbert, EROSS (Expressions, Research, Orientations: Sexuality Studies).

Mr Imber commented:

“We operate in a cross-, inter-, and multi-disciplinary research cluster and we welcome the inclusion of film media to contribute to sexual literacy, generate well being and advocate social justice.”

Dr Duffy added:

“The film allows us to take the artistic view of the writer and cinematographer and integrate them with their cultural, ethical, and social perception of sexuality, at personal and societal levels.”

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Additionally D-Light Studios in Dublin, owned by photographer Agata Stoinska, partnered with The Betrayal in the early stages of production. Some of the film’s key scenes were shot there in February.

Stace Gill, the Studios Manager commented:

“Our primary function is as a film/photography location and our aim is to welcome as many creative projects to the space as possible. We are very happy to work with the amazing crew of women behind The Betrayal. A project that creatively addresses the ever evolving social attitudes and issues concerning gender equality, fluidity and freedom is an easy partnership for us to make.”

The Betrayal, featured recently in EILE Magazine, Her.ie, and Headstuff.org, is in post-production and is slated for release on the Irish and international festival circuit in the early summer 2016. It’s Kamila Dydyna’s second film after the award-winning Testimony. The team are still crowdfunding to pay for the six-day shoot it took to make the movie. You can still donate here.

For more information on The Betrayal click here or watch the trailer below: