Help Us Make Our Irish LGBT Thriller Reach Its Full Potential

The first filming weekend of our LGBT thriller The Betrayal is wrapped and was absolutely epic. The crew of over 20 people were expertly run by Assistant Director Drew Maitland for three gruelling but exciting 14-hour days on set. Working with actors Miriam Devitt and Mark McAuley was such a joy, both on- and off-camera.

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Mark McAuley as Mark Kane. Photo by Rafal Kostrzewa

Natasha Waugh, a brilliant co-director, no words to describe how wonderful it is to work with this lady – both directing and being directed by her. Can’t wait to work with her again.

Directors Natasha Waugh & Kamila Dydyna with Maud Ribbens (Script Supervisor)
Directors Natasha Waugh & Kamila Dydyna with Maud Ribbens (Script Supervisor). Photo by Rafal Kostrzewa.

Cinematographer Gosia Zur, talent that takes my breath away. Can’t wait to show you how beautifully she filmed The Betrayal so far. That’s her behind the camera on the pic below. Equally poised and focused whether she’s filming a sweeping wide setup or is uncomfortably squeezed in a bathtub holding a big and heavy camera RED One MX.

Left to right: Actor Mark McAuley, Meg O'Kelly (Gaffer), JJ Sullivan (1st AC/ Focus Puller), Gosia Zur (Cinematographer), Drew Maitland (Assistant Director) and Gwen Jeffares-Hourie (Costume & Set Designer)
Left to right: Actor Mark McAuley, Meg O’Kelly (Gaffer), JJ Sullivan (1st AC/ Focus Puller), Gosia Zur (Cinematographer), Drew Maitland (Assistant Director) and Gwen Jeffares-Hourie (Costume & Set Designer). Photo by Rafal Kostrzewa

Gwen Jeffares-Hourie, our costume and set designer, pictured above on the right, created stunning designs and costumes and was absolutely brilliant dealing with pressure of quick set changes and continuity challenges.

Kamila Dydyna & Michael Browne (Make Up Artist), with Actor Mark McAuley and Sound Recordist Ian MacIntyre
Kamila Dydyna & Michael Browne (Make Up Artist), with Actor Mark McAuley and Sound Recordist Ian MacIntyre. Photo: Rafal Kostrzewa

There are three more days ahead of our cast and crew coming up this weekend. As you can see from the beautiful stills taken by Rafal Kostrzewa, the film has true potential to be visually stunning.

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Photo: Rafal Kostrzewa
Photo: Rafal Kostrzewa

With invaluable support from Producers Eilis Abbott and Michael O’Dwyer (Driftwood Doll Films), JJ Sullivan (1st AC/ Focus Puller), Sheila Lafferty (Production Assistant), Ian MacIntyre and Enda Roche (Sound Recordists), Meg O’Kelly (Gaffer), Meg Elwood (2nd AC), Maud Ribbens (Script Supervisor), Richard Keaney (trainee AD), and many others, we’re set up and ready for the second weekend of filming!

With a strong, female-driven story and team behind the project, we have an opportunity to create an exceptional high-quality film on an important subject, helping raise awareness of sexual identity issues, domestic violence and digital abuse. But there’s only so far we can get with no budget.

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We liked what we saw on the monitor and we think you’ll like it too! Left to right: Maud Ribbens (Script Supervisor), Kamila Dydyna, Natasha Waugh & Gosia Zur

So far, we raised just under €500, but we have a lot more to go in order to make The Betrayal everything it has a chance to be. Check out what you can get in exchange for your financial support (every little helps!) here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-betrayal-exciting-thriller-on-sexual-identity#/

If you’re not able to support us financially, sharing the campaign through your social media / email/ word of mouth is equally helpful!

Lastly, for business owners – we have product placement opportunities available but hurry up – these are only available until February 3rd! Get in touch today.

G'wan, make us happy! ;)
G’wan, make us happy! 😉

Thanks for reading!

Kamila Dydyna

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