'Float Like A Butterfly' tells story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging

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Float Like A Butterfly

Families come with their share of love, joys, unsettling secrets and painful reminders of challenging childhood memories. Our parents, upbringings and interactions with others play an important role in shaping us, for good and for ill, into who we are and who we become. And yet they also have the potential to hold us back in a variety of ways. We are the products of our environment to some degree. Some stay trapped and retreat inward and others move into their sometimes difficult and dysfunctional pasts, rise to the occasion and "step into the ring" in a particular and intentional way. The choices we make are essential to the kind of future we can realize for ourselves.

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 lost her mother in a fight -- the same fight which led to her father being locked up in jail for the last 10 years. Frances has never forgiven the police sergeant who she feels is responsible for this. She's got fighting in her blood, just like her idol Muhammad Ali. And like Ali, she wants to be the Greatest too.

Carmel Winters and Hazel Doupe and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their beautiful new film Float Like A Butterfly, life as community, boxing as a metaphor, contradictions, laughter and the vicinity of truth.  

Frances's father doesn't turn out to be the hero she remembers. Required to keep the peace due to the conditions of his parole, he's forced to endure humiliation from the police sergeant, much to Frances' dismay. And to make up for lost time, he is determined to make a man of his son and an obedient wife of his daughter. Frances never wanted to clash with her beloved father, but when he gives her boxing gloves to a prospective husband to "keep her in line" she has to make a stand.

Cast out by the world and her family alike, Frances must fight even for the right to fight. Some people say it doesn't matter whether you win or lose. But for Frances, losing is not an option. This is a fight she has been training for all her life.

About Carmel and Hazel:

Carmel is an award-winning writer and director for screen and stage. Her debut feature film SNAP won her "Best Irish Feature" and "Best Director" at the Dublin Critics' Circle Awards and the audience vote for "Best Film" at Montevideo International Film Festival. In 2011, she was also awarded the Irish Times Irish Theatre Best New Play award for the Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre's production of 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. She is currently working on her third feature film, an original TV drama series and a stage musical.

Hazel Doupe is 16 years old, lives in Dublin and has been acting professionally since the age of nine. She is an accomplished gymnast and has won gold medals at national competitions up to level 9. Hazel has appeared in several stage productions at the Gaiety and Gate Theatres. In 2015 she played the lead role in the ITV film Peter and Wendy set in Ormond St Children's Hospital. Recent film productions include Michael Inside and The Green Sea.

Image Copyright: Carmel Winters. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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