The Familiar Sting

Directed by Joe McStravick / Northern Ireland / 2021 / 14 mins


Contemporary Belfast, where Matt, a homeless addict haunted by memories of his girlfriend’s abortion, breaks into a house for reasons not as straightforward as they initially seem.

Director Statement

We were both born and raised in Northern Ireland, a place that is known as a post-conflict society, which is now becoming a vibrant part of the UK and Ireland. But last year, as we were looking for our next project, we read the script for The Familiar Sting (written by Paul Skillen) and we both committed ourselves to making the film. This film has interesting characters, a receptive story and timely subject matter – women’s reproductive rights in Northern Ireland in 2019. 
We hope that you enjoy our film.

Selected Screenings

  • Fastner Film Festival, 2021
  • Niagara Falls International Film Festival, 2021
  • Kalakari Film Fest, 2021
  • Hollywood Golden Age Film Festival, 2021
  • Phoenix Short, 2020
  • Waterford Film Festival, 2020


Produced by: Chloe Langton
Written by: Paul Skillen

Director Bio

Joe McStravick is an award-winning Film & Television Director & Screenwriter who works in narrative drama and documentary. A number of his past projects have been commissioned and/or broadcast by BBC. Northern Ireland Screen, TG4, The Irish Language Broadcast Fund, The Arts Council and Community Channel. He has also directed / produced a range of multi-platform commercial content for Randox, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, PwC, HM Treasury, BBC and various other international clients. He is now developing two feature films and a TV project.

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