In Orbit

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?

She begins on the day she meets Amy, a bright academic with broken glasses. For the first time in forty years, Maura wants to share her life. The only catch is leaving behind the world as she knows it.


In Orbit is the directorial debut from Katie McNeice, who also wrote and produced this self-funded project. This short film has received 37 awards internationally and has just been nominated for a Zebbie by the Writers Guild of Ireland.

McNeice is a UCC Film MA alumna whose other credits include Co-Writer on the Irish feature film ‘Lily’ (currently in post-production).

Upcoming shorts include Focail, Baile, Croí (Words, Home, Heart), which explores themes of home, love and grief through the Irish language. This project is the 2020 winner of the Comórtas Fisín pitching competition. Lambing explores intersex and gender norms in the context of rural Ireland from the vantage point of a new parent, and is the winner of the 2020 IMDb Script to Screen Award.

She is one of 25 successful applicants in the first Screen Ireland Mentorship Scheme and has been paired with Writer Director Ruth Treacy of Tailored Films. Katie is also a full-time Senior Producer with the global learning company HMH, producing audio, live action and motion graphic content for the US education system.