Director: Helen O'Reilly
Drama, Comedy | Ireland | 18 min
It’s 1983, Culture Club are no. 1, everyone’s glued to Knight Rider, and Kelly Harrison is not only experiencing her first crush, she’s going to her first disco. The only problem is that she’s getting train tracks before her big night and becomes besieged by self consciousness. However with the help of her best friend, Kelly realises what’s really important in her life.
Screens in Shorts Program: Youth in Cinema
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
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Helen O’Reilly is a writer and director living in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Film and Video from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2014 and received a screenwriting award from the New York Women in Film and Television for her screenplay, ‘The High Heeled Fugitives’. She recently had a number of other scripts shortlisted in Final Draft’s ‘Big Break’ Competition and the UK’s ‘Shore Scripts’ competition. She also produced the award winning short film ‘I Lost My Phone’. Helen is a big fan of John Hughes’ films including ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Planes, Tranes and Automobiles’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and these films very much inspired her approach to directing ‘First Disco’ . This is Helen’s directorial debut.