Thu 07 July / Pálás 1 / 22:00

2022 / United Kingdom / 85 min / Horror

Mandrake follows probation officer Cathy Madden, who is given the task of rehabilitating notorious killer ‘Bloody’ Mary Laidlaw back into society after twenty years of jail. Mary murdered her husband decades ago, but only after he had put her through hell. Is she a witch, a psychopath or just another lonely woman rejected by her neighbours? Cathy has always believed that every client deserves a shot at redemption, but her beliefs are firmly tested when two children disappear near Mary’s farm.

“Mandrake mixes the familiar ‘there is something out there in the woods’ tropes with what feels like a dose of Ken Loach’s social realism.” — Cineuropa

Davison creates an interesting atmosphere, finding sadness in this story about evil permeating the most mundane of towns, where people don’t forget and they don’t forgive. They never do.

Irish Premiere

Followed by Q&A with director Lynne Davison, moderated by Maura McHugh.

Director: Lynne Davison
Producers: Marie-Thérèse Mackle & Paul Kennedy
Writer: Matt Harvey
Cast: Deirdre Mullins, Derbhle Crotty & Jude Hill

Principal funder