Lies We Tell


The Main 1 Fri, Apr 19 7:00 PM
The Main 1 Tue, Apr 23 4:30 PM
The Main 3 Sat, Apr 27 12:30 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:Expanded Horizons
Films by Women
Best of Fest
Release Year:2023
Runtime:90 min
Print Source:Embankment Films
Women Directors
Best of Fest
Director:Lisa Mulcahy
Producer:Ruth Carter
Cinematographer:Eleanor Bowman
Screenwriter:Elisabeth Gooch
Editor:Weronika Kaminska
Composer:Aza Hand
Principal Cast:Agnes O’Casey Silas
David Wilmot
Chris Walley
Holly Sturton
Gráinne Keenan
Mark Doherty
Ellaine O’Dwyer
Kieran Roche
John Olohan
Eleanor Methven
Heather Leonard


Post-screening discussion with Natalie O'Shea Executive Director of the Celtic Junction Arts Center and Beck Lee, Executive Director of the Cultural Fluency Initiative

Here’s a taut 19th century thriller, crackling with tension and barbed dialogue, that pits smart but stubborn young heiress Maud against her scheming guardian Uncle Silas (David Wilmot), his odious son, spoiled daughter and daughter’s sinister governess. In this clever feminist re-working of the Gothic novel by Sheridan Le Fanu, the orphan Maud (Agnes O’Casey, great-granddaughter of Irish literary giant Sean), still a minor, ignores the concerns of her late father’s trustees and agrees to be the ward of his estranged brother, only to find that the rumors about Silas’s shadowy and possibly murderous past are true and then some. Inspired screenwriter Elisabeth Gooch decided that she had had enough of passive Victorian heroines and wrote a film that she would want to see. Confidently directed by Lisa Mulcahy and lushly shot in available light by Eleonor Bowman, Lies We Tell is a breathtaking treat. –Alissa Simon

Content advisory: themes of sexual abuse