Property of The State, which received its World Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2016, is a powerful drama based on the true story of a young woman who must deal with the devastating effects of having a murderer for a brother. It explores how the mis-diagnosis of challenging behaviour at an early age, the lack of care of individuals with a mental illness, and domestic and institutional abuse could combine and ultimately lead to tragic consequences, consequences that were potentially avoidable.
“Can you still love someone who has done a terrible thing?” Ann Marie O'Donnell
Based on the true story that gripped Ireland in the 1990's, Property of The State tells of a disturbed young man by the name of Brendan O’Donnell. Seen through the eyes of his sister Ann Marie, piece by piece she threads together the events that ultimately lead to the harrowing murders of a young mother, her child and a local priest in the forest of East Clare, Ireland. Ann Marie lived through it all. As the loving sister of a loving brother, she became the sister of a murderer and the sister of a man described as the most evil man in Ireland. She had not committed a crime, yet many saw her guilty by association.
“Give me a child until he is seven, drug him, beat him, abuse him and neglect him and I will give you the terrible consequences.” Ann Marie O'Donnell
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.