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Trouble

A personal account of an estranged father set against the Northern Ireland conflict, this is a brave debut feature from Los Angeles artist Mariah Garnett.

Dir Mariah Garnett
Prod Manal Laginaf
With Robyn Reihill, Mariah Garnett
USA-UK
2019
83min
Prod Co Mariah Garnett
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)

A 1971 BBC documentary about love across the religious divide of Northern Ireland is the starting point of this heart-breaking story of a woman reuniting with her estranged father after many years. Los Angeles-based artist Mariah Garnett picks up her personal story with interviews and investigations revealing the traumatic effects of political upheavals on Belfast communities then and now. Garnett adds a queer playfulness through an incredible performance as her father, alongside multiple camera formats that interrogate constructions of identity. A remarkable debut film created partly with a local crew in Belfast, featuring trans actress Robyn Reihill playing the girlfriend of Garnett’s father.

Sarah Perks

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