Films about women in sport can be fluffy, but not The Grass Ceiling. Watching the trailer you’re left with one line running around in your head: engine not ornament.
The short had its premiere at the Cork Film Festival on Saturday so it reflects the views of women who love competing but until recently didn’t have a voice.
The three athletes featured are Rianna Jarrett, soccer; Elise O’Bryne-White and author/camogie player Eimear Ryan.
Eimear wrote a piece in the Irish Examiner explaining the background, a lovely tale of moving from an essay tentatively exploring frustration to eventually a short film. She says: “The essay ended up being as much about gender as it was about hurling, as I tried to convey what it was like growing up in a sport where the women’s code was always secondary to the men’s.”
Film-maker Iseult Howlett read that eassy in Winter Papers and this is the result. Trailer here, and follow Iseult on Twitter for more viewings.