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Cat Person

As her short film, Catcalls, makes the festival rounds, director and writer Kate Dolan speaks to Peter Dunne about making horror movies in a male dominated field.

Sitting down to watch Kate Dolan’s Catcalls before beginning this article, headphones on, fresh cup of coffee in hand, this horror fanatic had seen it all and then some. Yet at a certain moment in the fantastically effective short, jumped so hard, the aforementioned coffee launched into the air, spilling across my desk.

It’s not the first huge reaction the film has received, not by a long shot. At its very first screening in the Cork Film Festival as part of a showcase for Film Board funded shorts, the no-nonsense full-on horror film stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the family dramas and whimsical documentaries. “There was a man sitting behind me,” Kate explains, “and he went, ‘What...the fuck..?’”

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Welcome to a very special edition of GCN. With International Women’s Day on March 8, we decided to celebrate the female-identifying members of our queer family with a host of interviews, features and opinion pieces. There’s an amazing photo set with Pillow Queens, while the ultimate frontwoman - Skin from Skunk Anansie - talks 25 years in the business. There’s a look back at the lesbian nightlife scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s, while writer and director Kate Dolan stopped by to talk all things horror. There’s an urgent and essential piece about the treatment of women in online spaces and a hard-hitting report on LGBT+ killings in Brazil. We highlight the inspiring new queer wave in the Irish student movement and Ellen Murray from TENI, the trans rights and disability rights advocate, tells us about her journey. It’s a great one, people!