Filmmaker based in Ireland, London and Utopia. Making fiction, experimental moving image and documentary but most interested when these distinctions collapse. Exploring art, politics, poetry, social change, the individual and the collective, ecstatic truth, storytelling, reality, the usual.
Current projects include a feature hybrid film Town of Strangers (Executive Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer) in tandem with research for a PhD by film practice at Westminster University. Town of Strangers is an improvised film using documentary, fiction and magic, working with residents of the rural Irish town of Gort that has a high population of migrants. The Blow-in (9mins, 2016), commissioned by the Goethe Institute is part of the Town of Strangers project, also made in the town of Gort.
A related project, ‘Coming Soon… The Exquisite Gort Migrant Film Project’ is supported by The Arts Council ‘s Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create. The ‘Coming Soon…’ project involves working with international residents of Gort over 6 months creating film screenings, discussions, storytelling and filmmaking workshops with the aim of making a short film together.
O’Brien’s feature documentary, Eat Your Children (78mins, 2015), has been touring in Ireland since its premiere at Dublin International Film Festival – a road trip film about austerity, politics and (un)popular resistance in Ireland. Her debut short fiction film N25 won Best Director at the NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts festival in BFI (2010) and was bought for broadcast by RTE ShortScreen. Her films have been screened internationally including in the Lebanon, Greece, Mexico, Palestine, Italy, UK and Ireland. Current films Noor at Mytilini Port was selected for London Film Festival 2016 and London Short Film Festival 2017, and The Blow-in showed at Cork Film Festival, Dublin Fringe and Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival.
She is the founder of Stinging Hornet Films, that produces her own films and some co-productions and collaborative projects. She is part of the team working on Precarious Trajectories, a research project on migration and the Mediterranean sea, and recently filmed in Greece for the upcoming BBC documentary Year of the Migrant (dir. Sue Clayton).
She studied filmmaking in Goldsmiths, London (MA) and visual art in Limerick School of Art & Design (BA), and participated in ESoDoc and Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.
Contact Treasa by email on treasaobrienis(at)gmail.com