“A bold sci-fi vision from debut director Katie McNeice, whose capable queering of genre with a flashback lesbian love story stands out as one of the most admirably ambitious efforts of the slate…shaking off the lingering strictures of a country too long consumed in conservatism and coming to terms with the repressive scars left in its wake.”
“A work of unique intent in its striking sci-fi high-concept…Where many queer films have looked to the past’s untold stories and the lingering shadows it casts, In Orbit offers a rare advance unpacking of the movement’s future: the emotional impacts yet to be felt and the likely lasting legacies of present struggles.”
“I was playing a long-haul game of trying and testing the story on the festival circuit, picking up feedback wherever I could, and gathering praise whenever it cropped up. Twelve months and five awards later, I had enough to attract the actors and crew I wanted to make my first film.”
“Managed to catch In Orbit at the GAZE short film programme on Sunday – it was a stunning and thoughtful debut short: congratulations Katie McNeice et al involved on the win for Best Irish Short! Delighted for you #IrishShortFilm.”
“I knew from the get-go [music] would be crucial to pulling off the emotional punches in the film because of how it’s structured. The poetic language in it really needed an extra meter so the words didn’t land alone; they needed to fall with all the feeling of musical notes.”
“I’ve noticed that the stronger the director-composer relationship and understanding is, the better the scores are that I write. I think we really connected on topics of internalised emotions, aspects that I love to explore through music, such as the quest to belong but also the struggle to emerge transformed and more connected to others.”
“Galway Film Fleadh described ‘In Orbit’ as, ‘a bold sci-fi vision from debut director Katie McNeice, whose capable queering of genre with a flashback lesbian love story stands out’. This perfectly captures the amazing work of Katie McNeice. Her short film brought a bold splash of colour to the screen.”
“In Orbit just screened at the Galway Film Fleadh and there was a lot of buzz around it.”
“I saw it! It’s amazing, the ambition there. It’s a beautifully contained sci-fi short. Obviously first films are capable of this sort of thing, but it surprised me a lot.”
“For her debut there’s such vision there and she’s actually a former volunteer of the festival. It’s just so amazing to see her come back with her short film to GAZE. It really means a lot to us.”
“In Orbit is an arthouse LGBT short; an elderly woman looks back on the greatest experience of her life, which was basically finding her ability to love.
“The script won four awards internationally. I think one of the reasons it’s done so well is that it’s something that’s never really been looked at. There are people in Ireland in their 70s and 80s who’ve never been on a date or held someone’s hand, and they’re going to live the rest of their lives by themselves in empty houses.”
“Ultimately, In Orbit is about taking chances and opening your heart to new experiences, no matter how scared you are.
“Maura’s memories of the marriage equality referendum capture the gravity of the moment as a change for Ireland, further reflected in the futuristic technology of the 2050s.
“…I personally can’t wait to see what McNeice brings out next.”
“The Spirit of the Festival is awarded to a film, or films, that captivate us while effectively articulating the themes and characters that our festival seeks to champion in productions that support gender equality, diversity and inclusion.”
“Watched many of the short films that were part of the Underground Cinema’s first online screening tonight. One of the standouts was IN ORBIT – a fascinating high concept approach to a beautiful theme with great performances and a stunning score.”