Hardback Films is the brand name for Katie McNeice, a multi award-winning Writer Director of thoughtful identity films with a particular focus on sexuality and gender.

Lambing

Writer Director
Katie McNeice

Producer
Mo O’Connell

Cinematographer
Richard Kendrick

Cast
Pat Shortt
Fiach Kunz
Johanna O’Brien
Joe McNeice
Cate Russell
Rebecca Hickey
Gerry Canon

A young dad in rural Ireland must face his anxiety around gender and bullying when his baby is born intersex.

This upcoming rural drama is set to be one of the first ever non-fiction films to tackle the issue of intersex in Ireland, through the lens of a new parent coping with his baby’s diagnosis. LAMBING is currently in post-production and will begin its festival run in 2022.

LAMBING is funded by the Kildare ShortGrass Film Bursary which comes with €12,500 in production funding. This project is also the 2020 winner of the prestigious IMDb Script to Screen Award, which comes with an additional £5,000 to support production.

SAMPLE AWARDS

IMDb Script to Screen Award 2020
Best Short Script, Kerry International Film Festival
Best Short Screenplay, London Independent Story Prize

Whale Fall

Writer Director
Katie McNeice

Producers
Katie McNeice
Amy Hughes
Jack Prendergast

Cinematographer
Richard Hogan

Cast
Rebecca Hickey
Amy Hughes

A glimpse beneath the surface of a relationship bonded by books, whales and love.

WHALE FALL was written, filmed and edited in just two days as part of the 2021 Galway Little Cinema 48 Hour Challenge, judged by Niall Murphy (Treasure Entertainment, Scannáin), Maeve McGrath (Brooklyn), Máire Ní Chonláin (TG4) and Sean Breathnach (Foscadh).

This project will begin its festival run in 2022.

48 HR CHALLENGE AWARDS

Best Short Film
Best Editing (Katie McNeice)
Best Actress (Rebecca Hickey)

Focail Baile Croí

Writer Director
Katie McNeice

Producer
TBD

Cinematographer
TBD

Cast
TBD

A father imagines moments he will share with his son, teaching him words for his experiences in a home full of language and heart.

This short film uses the emotive power of the Irish language to envision a simple yet moving idea of the relationship between parent and child, and reimagines grief as a privilege of love.

FOCAIL BAILE CROI is funded by the Comórtas Físín Pitching Competition, which encourages the production of short films in the Irish language. This project will enter production in 2022.

SAMPLE AWARDS

Comórtas Físín Pitching Competition, 2020
Best Short Screenplay, Catalyst International Film Festival 2020

In Orbit

Writer Director
Katie McNeice

Producer
Katie McNeice

Cinematographer
Jaro Waldeck

Cast
Áine Ní Mhuirí 
Olwen Fouéré
Claire Loy
Michael-David McKernan
Sarah Kinlen

There was once an invisible optician, living in a strange and lonely world. Her story starts with a broken lens and the woman who taught her to see things differently.

Maura recounts her life story in an interview with the Head Archivist of the Human Experience Records. Hers is the greatest mission of all time, you see, because what bigger challenge can there be, than learning to love?

This LGBT sci-fi short is Katie McNeice’s self-funded directorial debut and has earned 54 awards to date, including a Special Jury Mention at the Galway Film Fleadh and a ZeBBie Nomination from the Writers Guild of Ireland for Best Short Script.

About

photo by Rafal Kostrzewa

katie@hardbackfilms.com
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McNeice’s work is marked by exceptionally strong screenwriting and explorations of character which are at once emotional and cinematic. With each new project she champions empathy and visibility for unheard voices, such as the older LGBT generation of IN ORBIT and the experience of intersex babies and their parents in the upcoming LAMBING.

McNeice continues to work on a slate of short films while also developing her feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Meg Grehan’s award-winning LGBT children’s novel THE DEEPEST BREATH published by Little Island Books.

She is also a full-time Senior Producer with global learning company HMH, working on animated and live action content for the US education system with a core advocacy for equity, inclusion and diversity.

sample Awards

Rising Talent Award, The Kerry International Film Festival 2021
IMDb Script to Screen Award, IMDb and FilmBath 2020