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Film: “Property of The State”

Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm MST

Property of The State, which will receive its Arizona State Premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival in April (Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre 5: April 7 at 1.10pm & April 8 at 7.50pm), is a powerful drama based on the true story of a young woman who must deal with the devastating effects of having a murderer for a brother. This true story unfolded in County Clare (Republic of Ireland), and its county town of Ennis (twinned with and a Sister City of Phoenix) in April/May 1994. Following each screening there will be a Q&A with the film’s director KIT RYAN.

Property of The State explores how the mis-diagnosis of challenging behaviour at an early age, the lack of care of individuals with a mental illness, and domestic and institutional abuse could combine and ultimately lead to tragic consequences, consequences that were potentially avoidable.

“Can you still love someone who has done a terrible thing?”
Ann Marie O’Donnell

Based on the true story that gripped Ireland in the 1990’s, Property of The State tells of a disturbed young man by the name of Brendan O’Donnell. Seen through the eyes of his sister Ann Marie, piece by piece she threads together the events that ultimately lead to the harrowing murders of a young mother, her child and a local priest in the forest of East Clare, Ireland. Ann Marie lived through it all.

As the loving sister of a loving brother, she became the sister of a murderer and the sister of a man described as the most evil man in Ireland. She had not committed a crime, yet many saw her guilty by association.

“Give me a child until he is seven, drug him, beat him, abuse him and neglect him and I will give you the terrible consequences.”
Ann Marie O’Donnell

Property of The State received a standing ovation at its World Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh (July 2016) and has since been included at numerous other festivals, including the Chicago Irish Film Festival, Canada Independent Film Festival, Lisbon International Film Festival, London Film Awards (Winner – Best Supporting Actor), and Headline International Film Festival (Award of Excellence).

Film leads AISLING LOFTUS and PATRICK GIBSON have both been nominated for this year’s Irish Film & Television Academy Film & Drama Awards, the ceremony for which will take place on 8th April in Dublin. AISLING has been nominated in the category of BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE (FILM) for her performance of Ann Marie O’Donnell in Property of The State, whilst PATRICK GIBSON (Brendan O’Donnell in Property of The State) has been nominated in the Rising Star category, which is sponsored by the Irish Film Board.


AISLING LOFTUS (BBC’s War & Peace, ITV’s Mr Selfridge) plays Ann Marie O’Donnell, PATRICK GIBSON(Netflix’s The OA, What Richard Did) plays Brendan O’Donnell, ELAINE CASSIDY (The Program, National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses) plays Margaret O’Donnell, HUGH O’CONOR (The Fall, The Frankenstein Chronicles) plays Father Joe Walsh, DAVID RAWLE (Moone Boy, Song of the Sea) plays the young teen Brendan O’Donnell, and HAZEL DOUPE (Ripper Street, Jack Taylor: Shot Down) plays the youngAnn Marie.

Other cast includes BJ HOGG as the Father (Give My Head Peace, The Fall), MARTIN McCANN as Finbar (The Survivalist, Closing the Ring), JOE McGANN as Prosecuting Council Cummins (Puckoon, The Brylcreem Boys), JOE MULLINS as John O’Brien (In View, Pilgrim Hill), KATE O’TOOLE as teacher McCafferty (Man on the Train, Three Tall Women at Lyric, Belfast – Best Actress, Barclays UK Awards) and MARC SINDEN as Father Nicholas(Puckoon, Great West End Theatres, dir).


‘It is a privilege to be having the World Premiere of Property of The State at the Galway Film Fleadh. This true story is tragic on many levels, from those directly impacted, to those who judged from afar. Ann Marie found herself in a conflicted and confusing space, caught between family and the tragic acts perpetrated by her brother. She also found herself as the point of much admonishment and abuse, and accused of being guilty by family association. The tragedy is that the effects of mental illness are as internationally relevant today as they were in 1990s.”
Kit Ryan, Director

‘There is not one person I have met who does not know someone who has suffered mental health issues, be it a family member, a relative, a friend or a work colleague. Everyone who has had a family member suffering from mental health problems has experienced the stigma attached to mental illness.’
Susan Morrall, Writer

Property of The State is written by SUSAN MORRALL (The Brylcreem Boys, Past Into Present) and is based on the diary of Ann Marie O’Donnell.
Music is by POL BRENNAN (Clannad, Theme from Harry’s Game). The title track is music by POL BRENNANand lyrics by PETE GARDINER (Debut album Ashtray Black, produced by Tommy McLaughlin –

Producers: Jo Gilbert, Alan Latham, James Ryan, Terence Ryan and Ken Tuohy.


Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am MST
Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm MST
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