‘It was a privilege to have the World Premiere of Property of The State at the Galway Film Fleadh. This true story is tragic on many levels, from those directly impacted, to those who judged from afar. Ann Marie found herself in a conflicted and confusing space, caught between family and the tragic acts perpetrated by her brother. She also found herself as the point of much admonishment and abuse, and accused of being guilty by family association. The tragedy is that the effects of mental illness are as internationally relevant today as they were in 1990s.” Kit Ryan, Director
‘I was living with my family in County Clare in the 1990’s we were very aware of the media frenzy surrounding the tragic and horrifying actions of Brendan O’Donnell, as well as some of the consequences. The Republic was gripped by what had happened, trying to understand how such a tragedy could ever happen, in the rural paradise that is East Clare. Today there is greater understanding of children growing up with challenging behaviour, and also of mental wellbeing. The issues addressed by Property of The State are as important today as they were 25 years ago. Even though much understanding has been achieved, there is still a long road ahead.’ Terence Ryan - Producer, PIX Productions Limited
‘There is not one person I have met who does not know someone who has suffered mental health issues, be it a family member, a relative, a friend or a work colleague. Everyone who has had a family member suffering from mental health problems has experienced the stigma attached to mental illness.’ Dr Susan Morrall, Writer
‘Property of The State was made in Northern Ireland, from a true story that unfolded in the heartland of the Republic of Ireland – a story which will resonate across the world. We are proud that the Galway Film Fleadh gave us the opportunity of this year’s festival at which to launch the film. The Galway Film Fleadh is rightly seen as a pivotal and important international film festival, and it is a privilege to be premiering as part of their unique platform for this very powerful and relevant film.’ Jo Gilbert – Producer, Team Network Media Limited
Property of The State was released in Eire and Northern Ireland on 27 October 2017. Additionally there were three screenings in London on 27, 28 and 29 October. Check Cinemas for current screenings.