Horrible Creature (2019)

  • Dance, Drama, Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Experimental
  • 1h 48m

Dublin Feminist Film Festival presents the Feature Film Horrible Creature & Short Film’s Love in the Time of Corona and Stray.

This selection will be live from Sat the 17th at 5PM.

Limited tickets will remain available to rent for the following 36hrs.


Horrible Creature is an experimental dance film inspired by the life of Lucia Joyce, daughter of Irish writer James Joyce (Ulysses, Finnegans Wake).

Lucia Joyce was a talented dancer, writer, and musician. She trained as a professional dancer in France with avant-garde choreographers including Raymond Duncan and Margaret Morris and toured throughout Europe with her group Les Six de Rythme et Couleur. She was forced to quit dancing, due to an unexplained accident of ill-health in the early 1930s.She was then incarcerated by her brother Giorgio, and left in psychiatric care for approximately 47 years, until her death in 1982.

During this time she had one visit from her brother and none from her mother. ‘Horrible Creature’ purposely avoids the clichés which are often associated with her story. It is written from Lucia’s own words and expressed through the art form which was her passion.

Horrible Creature is the second in a proposed trilogy of films directed by Áine Stapleton (dance and film artist) and is filmed at locations in Switzerland where Lucia spent time. The first, Medicated Milk, challenged the accepted biography of Lucia’s life and considered the complexity of mental instability.

All Dublin Feminist Film Festival titles are only available to rent for 36hrs from screening time and date. After these 36hrs are up, the films will not be on sale again.

Dublin Feminist Film Festival


Áine Stapleton


Áine Stapleton

Director of Photography

Will Humphris


Rebecca Warner



Bonus Content


Sinéad O’Loughlin’s latest short film. Starring Tony Award winning actress Marie Mullen and is the story of an older woman who in the wake of a trauma, returns to her home and must discover how to start living her life again.

Love in the Time of Corona

The latest short film from Megan K. Fox is the award-winning Irish Writer/Director of short films Cailín Álainn (2019), The Shift (2018), Calling Home (2017) and GIRL (2016).

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