The White Dress

Short Film, Drama, F-Rated
Directed by:
Vanessa Gildea
Produced by:
David Lawless, Brazen Films


4 mins

An enigmatic tale of a young girl determined to participate in the ritual of First Holy Communion, even if she has to go it alone.

A young girl wakes up in a grim flat, washes herself and dons a white dress, shoes and handbag.  She completes her outfit with white ribbons stolen from a shop as she makes her way to the church, alone. Surrounded by other happy communicants and their families, she bravely participates in the ceremony and happily accepts a five euro note from a man in the church grounds.

With great economy, Vanessa Gildea constructs a complex narrative reflecting upon child neglect; poverty; the power of long-held traditions of the Catholic Church and the determination of a young girl to be accepted by the community in the face of great odds.

This film is part of F-Rated: Short Films by Irish Women. To view more from the collection click here.

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