Director Biography – Teresa Lavina (BAD FRUIT)

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Teresa Lavina trained as an Stanislavski actor in Bilbao Spain from 1992. She moved to Ireland to continue her acting training in 1997, she trained in the Focus Theatre in Dublin with Deirdre O’Connell and for 3 years full time in Bull Alley. She has trained the Meisner Technique both in London and Dublin with former Meisner student Scott Williams. She is an acting coach of this technique. She has also trained with Terence Stamp, Michael Attenborough, Larry Silverberg and Briget Panet, most recently she became a teacher of “Acting with passion”, coached by Niki Flacks, creator of the technique. For the past 20 years she has worked as an actor, director, producer and writer. She started her career in RTE’s “Don’t feed the Gondolas” with Ferdia Mc Anna, she produced and directed several plays including Stewart Parker Award Winner “Wideboy Gospel”. She wrote the play “Every Woman’s Thoughts” that was performed in the Irish Writers Centre. She worked as a TV producer and co presenter with Liam O’Maonlai in the pilot TV series “Blend”, she created the TV series “Outside Inside”, which RTE broadcasted as MONO. She has worked as an actor both in Spain and Ireland. She has worked with Ken McCue (Dublin Cultural Planner) for the over 20 years producing different projects including the creation of Ethnovision (Ethnic Television) and helping in the early stages of SARI (Sports Against Racism in Ireland) both projects were part of the National Plan Against Racism in Ireland. Teresa studied Level 6 Film and Doc in GCC where she was awarded student of the year, then she progressed to study a level 8 in Film and Documentary at GMIT (Ireland). Currently she is director Nova Productions and its programme European Youth Cultural Project, where she teaches filmmaking to international students. Teresa is the artistic director of Nova Productions Limited, she has recently directed and produced the documentaries “Still” (which was shown as part of Galway’s film Fleadh programme in July 2017) and “Darkest Corners of Ireland”. She has directed and produced over 10 short films and one feature film, “The Audition”. She has written 7 screen plays. She has been recently funded by Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas project as co-creator of the newest Irish Film Festival, “Shot by the Sea”. She is director and co-producer of the TV series “One for the road” which is currently in development and the feature documentary “Broken Men”.

Director Statement

This piece it is very close to my heart. I shot this documentary with a very small budget. In the days I spent with the survivors of Tuam’s mother and baby home, they taught me about their suffering, about their hopes and about the pain and hardship of life. I am hoping to do a longer version of this documentary sometime as I really feel, the powerless are often unheard and brushed off….I hope I can really spread the word around the world and their voices are finally heard

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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