Words: Eva O’Beirne
It is the first Irish short film to be selected for Sundance since 2014.
Call Me Mommy is an intimate and unapologetic portrait of a mature online sex worker, Sinead Connell as she grapples with her career and motherhood all while processing her own internal ‘mommy issues’. The explosive and emotional short film was directed by Tara O’Callaghan and produced by Motherland.
The film has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023 and will screen four times over the course of the festival. Call Me Mommy had its world premiere at Krakow Film Festival and won Best Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Produced by Louise Byrne and Aaron McEaney with Ross Killeen as executive producer and Alan McCarthy as associate producer, the film also picked up the Audience Choice Award IFI Film festival.
With themes of domestic violence, motherhood and sex work, Sinead’s story also offers a story of
resilience in a life full of societal and familial judgement and pressure.
Edited by Vincent McEntee and shot by Albert Hooi with sound design and original music by James Latimer, the film is a product of over two years of research, filming and travelling around Ireland to explore the nuances of modern sex work.
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