Property of The State is a powerful drama based on the true story of a young woman who must deal with the devastating effects of having a murderer for a brother. This true story unfolded in County Clare (Republic of Ireland), and its county town of Ennis in April/May 1994. The feature received a standing ovation at its World Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh (July 2016) and has since been included at numerous other festivals, including most recently winning Best Director, Best International Feature and Best in Festival at Emerge Film Festival.
Kit Ryan's award-winning feature explores how the mis-diagnosis of challenging behaviour at an early age, the lack of care of individuals with a mental illness, and domestic and institutional abuse could combine and ultimately lead to tragic consequences, consequences that were potentially avoidable.
Property of The State tells of a disturbed young man by the name of Brendan O'Donnell. Seen through the eyes of his sister Ann Marie, piece by piece she threads together the events that ultimately lead to the harrowing murders of a young mother, her child and a local priest in the forest of East Clare, Ireland. Ann Marie lived through it all.
As the loving sister of a loving brother, she became the sister of a murderer and the sister of a man described as the most evil man in Ireland. She had not committed a crime, yet many saw her guilty by association. RELEASING TO UK & IRISH CINEMAS ON FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER.