An exploration of Sinéad O'Connor's rise, fall, and enduring cultural impact. Focusing on her prophetic words and deeds from 1987–1993, the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer through a contemporary feminist lens. By the age of 20, O'Connor was one of Ireland's brightest rising stars, but her decision to use her fame as a platform to speak out on a number of controversial issues shifted her narrative from global stardom to worldwide condemnation. In a new interview, O'Connor reveals the abusive upbringing that left her feeling betrayed by both church and community, and ultimately led her to find the therapeutic power of music.
The screening is free of charge. Tickets can be collected at the box office at the cinema.
Belfast-born Kathryn Ferguson is an award-winning director and writer. After a decade of focusing on short-form work centered on identity, gender politics, and community, she recently completed her first feature documentary Nothing Compares about musician Sinéad O’Connor, which premiered at Sundance 2022. The film has screened globally, been theatrically released, and has won multiple awards, including Best Feature Documentary and Best Debut Director in Feature Documentary at this year's BIFA Awards. In addition, in 2022, Kathryn was awarded the BFI & Chanel Award for Creative Audacity for a first-time feature director. As well as working as a documentary filmmaker, Kathryn works as a commercial and music video director with a range of clients including Nike, Selfridges, Girls Who Code, Amnesty International, Dove, and Air France, and artists such as Lady Gaga, Neneh Cherry, and Villagers.