Filmmaker gets new film into female festival in Berlin

by Rebecca Ryan

A filmmaker from Blackrock’s movie has make it into the Female Filmmakers Festival in Berlin (FFFB).

Maureen O’Connell’s feature film ‘Spa Weekend’ will be showcased in the festival in June.

The movie is a slacker comedy about two Dublin actors, ‘Stoney’ & ‘Jo’, who escape the city for a rural retreat but find chaos follows them into the wilderness.

The cast also include Shane Conaty, Nuala Kelly, Klara Mc Donnell and Dani Masterson.

Maureen O’Connell (pictured) is an awardwinning director, writer and actor.

She trained in the prestigious London drama school RADA.

She told Dublin Gazette when she performed in theatre shows around Ireland, she would save the money to make her own movies.

“While I was acting in these shows, I was writing screenplays. I would use the money that I was paid during these shows to fund my own films.”

Her films have been selected by the Galway Film Fleadh and RTE.

Still from feature film ‘Spa Weekend’

Maureen’s career has gone from strength to strength and she is very excited that Spa Weekend made it into the FFFB.

“…I’m relieved it’s finally finished and beginning its festival journey starting in Berlin which is just so awesome!

“I am so excited and will definitely be going! There will be a few of us heading over so it’ll be a fun adventure,” she said.

Screenings of Spa Weekend for Dublin will be announced very soon. You can see the comedy trailer at

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