TIME: 56 MIN
ALESSANDRA USAI & SNUGBORO FILMS
Ladies of Science is a 56 minute drama documentary, set in Ireland, tells the true story of two remarkable women,Lady Mary Rosse and Mary Ward, who had a passion for science and technology, including photography, astronomy, microscopy, illustrations, archicture, all during a time (1850′s) when women were not admitted to universities. The current Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parson and his wife Allison, together with leading experts in science, literature, engineering, astronomy,photography, history, explore on film the facinating achievements of these two women.
Alessandra wrote, directed and produced “Ladies of Science”. From the beginning she fell in love with the two women and could not understand how their story remained untold. In April 2013 she formed a small team of researchers and within a few months received the support of the present Lord and Lady Rosse who granted free access to the locations and materials of these two women. In November 20 people were involved in the producVon growing to 60 people by the February of 2014. The production was then shot on locaVon at Dublin Castle Hotel and Birr Co. Offaly between February and May 2014.
Narrated by Lalla Ward (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalla_Ward), a great grand daughter of Mary Ward, the film includes details on the building of the Great Telescope in Birr, ( which was the biggest telescope in the world for almost 100 years ) and the tragic death of Mary Ward in 1869, which was the first fatal car accident in Ireland. Dedicated to all women who struggle for recognition and equal opportunities in today’s society.
The documentary had a huge success around the world, has been shown in Hollywood, Nice, Long Island, London, Dublin, Birr and Milano.
– Winner Best Tv Documentary Capra Award, Life Fest international film festival, Hollywood LA – 2015
– Winner Best Editing Documentary at St Tropez Film Festival, Nice– 2015
– Winner Best Tv Documentary at International Film Festival of the world Milano-2015
– Winner Best Scientific & Educational Award Film Festival of the world Milano-2015
FORMAT: SHORT FILM
TIME: 12 MIN
GENRE SOCIAL DRAMA
Jambite centers on Zita, a young Nigerian girl about to graduate from secondary school. Zita along with her mother Lewa and younger brother Daraja are residents in one of Ireland’s Direct Provision centres. It has been five years since they first arrived as refugees and their status shows no sign of changing. Zita longs to go to university like her best-friend Sharon. Despite considering herself Irish the State begs to differ. At a time when most young teenagers are looking forward to a bright future Zita can only resign herself to the limbo that direct provision forces her and the other 2,000 children in Ireland’s Direct Provision Centres to endure. A story wrote by Hilary Write.
A DANCE FOR A NEW LIFE
DOCUMENTARY ( Pre-Production)
Hypatia Pictures is currently working on a new project, a social documentary about women, immigration and dance.
‘A Dance for a New Life’ started its pre-production in June 2016, a lot of researching has been done since. Seven main women will open their hearts to tell their stories to the world, hoping that it can be an inspiration to more women to believe in them and in their dreams. The bravery and courage of those women are remarkable, and their stories must to be told; however, we are running out of money and resources at this stage, and we are asking for help to conclude a project that gives a voice to those who sometimes are not allowed to speak about their reality and themselves.