Headspace is a short film from Run of the Mill Arts and Arcade Film Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Headspace is an award winning short film that seeks to place the lived experience of a character with an intellectual disability front and centre of the narrative. Headspace features an ensemble of disabled talent including Run of the Mill ensemble members Mark Smith, Jackie O’ Hagan and Bryan Busteed. 

In this beautifully crafted narrative, we follow Tony (Mark Smith), a man who, despite his best efforts, doesn’t seem to be the master of his own destiny. People talk about him without him, and money orbits him without ever finding its way into his pocket. Living in a chaotic environment where he who shouts the loudest is heard the most, even a simple short-term solution– such as acquiring a new pair of headphones– is anything but simple. 

Headspace is currently on the festival circuit and received its Irish premiere at Cork International Film Festival 2022 where it was awarded the Oscar Qualifying Grand Prix Best Irish Short and the nomination for the European Film Awards 2023. It received its North American Premiere at the prestigious New Hampshire Film Festival 2022 and its UK premiere at Manchester International Film Festival 2023. It has been selected for Vancouver International Women in Film Festival 2023 and will continue its festival journey throughout the year.  

Writer and Director Aisling Byrne
Producer Killian Coyle
Executive Producer Maggie Ryan
Director of Photography Killian Waters
Production Designer Jenny Owens
Editor and B Camera Daniel Keane
Composer Stephen Rennicks
Music Supervisor Sally O’Connor
Costume Designer Niamh Hussey
Production Manager Étáin Nash
1st Assistant Director Brian McDonnell
3rd Assistant Director Emily Roche
1st Assistant Camera Simon Fitzpatrick
2nd Assistant Camera Alex Foster
Hair & Make Up Bairbre Ní Bhroin
Sound Recordist Saoirse Connolly
Boom Operator Edmond Moriarty
Art Assistant Zoe Haran
Locations Colin Farrell
Stills Photography Madeline Mulqueen
BTS Videography Cathy Dunne
Run of the Mill Company Manager Tracy Martin
Transport Mick Dunphy
Chaperone Mary Squires
Catering Fiona Fairbrother (Soup Dragon)
Sound Mix Raygun Studios
Colour Grade Element

TONY Mark Smith

MICHAEL Daniel Ryan

RUTH Jackie O’Hagan

SIOBHÁN Lauren Larkin

GERRY Simon Delaney

MAX Ger Kelly

PAULA Clare Monnelly

BRENDAN Bryan Busteed


Extras: Joe Byrne, Ruth Charles, Zeff Lawless, Richard Ramos, Alessandra Diaz

Special Thanks – Daniel Lloyd and all at Virgin Media Discovers, Eilish Kent, Mary Squires and family, Sinéad O’Loughlin, Shaun Dunne, Kate Sheridan and all at Blue Diamond, Carmel Ryan, and field:arts.

All the staff at Daybreak Celbridge, John Kenny and all the staff at The Mill Community Centre Celbridge, Seán Darcy and all at Celbridge Community Council, Ruben Kruyer at Virtual Computer Repairs, and all the staff at Life Credit Union Maynooth.


Locations – Celbridge Co. Kildare, Ireland
Maynooth Co. Kildare, Ireland


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