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Shot in my native county of Laois in Ireland, January Hymn is a highly personal acknowledgment of the "non-conclusion" of my experience of grief.

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January Hymn is an impressively accurate depiction of grief. Though we may not want to, the film forces us into death’s ceaseless depths, with no apologies. It is extremely well crafted and clearly well thought out.

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It’s undeniably a piece carried by mood, a mood anchored by Kate McCullough’s arresting cinematography. The atmosphere of ambiguity and uncertainty, while highlighting the emotional vulnerability of the protagonist, lends the film an almost horror-like quality. Unease permeates every shot and the loose temporal/spatial zone the film occupies means you’re never quite sure where it’s going. Haunting and memorable shots such as Clara and her aunt sitting at a table at the centre of a void of total blackness give proceedings a heightened and unnerving quality.

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Leeds International Film Festival, Nevada City Film Festival, Montecatini International Short Film Festival, IndieCork, St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Citizen Jane Film Festival, International Izmir Short Film Festival, Tirana International Film Festival, South Texas Underground Film Festival, Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Irish Film Festival London, Moonfaze Feminist Film Festival, Underwire Festival, Cortex Short Film Festival, Cosmic Film Festival, Chicago Irish Film Festival, Capital Irish Film Festival, Vancouver International Women In Film Festival, F.FESTIVAL Dublin, Nevada Women's Film Festival, MovieValley Bazzacinema, Irish Short Film Festival Malta, Sunday Shorts, Baretower Forge World Film Competition, Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival, Laterale Film Festival, Leah's Indie Film Series, Female Eye Film Festival, Still Voices Short Film Festival, The Film Bunch, BlackBox Short Film Festival, OFFline Film Festival, Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival, Super8000 Film Festival, The Richard Harris International Film Festival

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