Behold the Lamb
Feature Film | 82 min | Drama
Firmly lodged between slapstick and tragedy, Behold the Lamb follows a dodgy duo rough, tough and pregnant junkie Liz (Aoife Duffin) and middle-aged loser Eddie (Nigel O’Neill) as they travel through the Northern Irish countryside to the weirdest score of their lives.
In an attempt to save the neck of his junkie son Joe, Eddie (Nigel O’Neill) agrees to do a mysterious pick up with the help of Joe’s girlfriend Liz (Aoife Duffin). The two head off across mid Ulster and eventually find themselves in possession of a lamb. En-route they fumble their way through a series of comic, tragic and disturbing adventures; Liz, struggling with her own drug addiction, crippling sensitivity and desire to connect with her disabled son who lives with foster parents. Eddie, an overweight and depressed ex accountant does his best to assume the role of a drug trafficker but his constant cradling of the lamb and love of bird watching doesn’t do a lot for his tough guy image. In between moments of unexpected heroism and unlikely sightings of birds (vultures in Mid Ulster) Eddie’s dysfunctional humanity connects with Liz’s tortured past and a kind of healing begins.
“…marks tyro helmer-writer John McIlduff as a talent to watch.”
Debut Feature by Irish director John McIlduff screened as part of the Discovery Section in the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival which spotlights the most exciting work by emerging filmmakers around the world.
Best Screenplay at Thessalonaki International Film Festival.
Best Director at Arras International FIlm Festival.
Aoife Duffin nominated for Best Actress at IFTAs (Irish Film & Television Awards).
Writer/Director: John McIlduff
Producer: Kevin Jackson
Composer: Brian Irvine
Director of Photography: Steeven Petitteville
Editor: Nick Emerson