#50 Carmel Winters and Hazel Doupe - Float Like A Butterfly

Carmel Winters is a multi award winning writer director and all round amazing caring sharing and thoughful artistic racantouer. Her work exists on stage and her debut feature film SNAP won her ‘Best Irish Feature’ and ‘Best Director’ at the Dublin Critics’ Circle Awards. In 2011, she was also awarded the ‘Irish Times Irish Theatre Best New Play’ award for her play B FOR BABY. Carmel has since participated in the Guiding Lights scheme for filmmakers, mentored by John Madden, and premiered four new plays THE REMAINS OF MAISIE DUGGAN, BEST MAN, WITNESS and SALT MOUNTAIN. In 2018 Carmel was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for the Discovery Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival following the world premiere of her second feature FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY. Hazel Doupe is an actress, known for Float Like a Butterfly (2018), Peter and Wendy (2015) and Into the Badlands (2015) From the producers of Once and Sing Street, Float Like a Butterfly is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging. In a gender-reversal of classic film Billy Elliot, 15-year-old Frances has to fight for the right to fight back. Raised in roadside camps in rural Ireland, Frances wants to champion her people inside the boxing ring and out, like her idol Muhammad Ali. But society is determined to break her spirit and destroy her way of life. And her father, once her greatest ally, is too defeated himself to imagine any better for his daughter. But Frances was not born to be broken. In the mother of all fights, she must dig deep to find in herself the Champion her father once knew her to be.