The Case of Majella McGinty

Short Film, Drama, F-Rated, Children on Film
Directed by:
Kirsten Sheridan
Produced by:
Siobhan Burke, Kathryn Lennon, Rough Magic Film Productions


22 mins

A children’s game of Charlie’s Angels transforms into a reality through the vivid imagination of little Majella McGinty.

Life becomes too stressful for 8-year-old Majella and taking refuge she hides in a suitcase in her parents’ bedroom. She overhears their conversation, and her TV-addled imagination runs away with her when she believes her father has been murdered by her mother and his body bundled away under cover of darkness.

The Case of Majella McGinty shows the fantastical imagination of young children. This film combines the comical with the political, criticising the impact of violence on children’s lives. Set in 1970s Derry, violence is rife, bombs can be heard in the distance and the army patrols the streets where Majella and her friends play.

This film is part of F-Rated: Short Films by Irish Women. To view more from the collection click here. This film is also part of Children on Film. To see more from the collection, click here.

IFI recommendation: 8+