Trouble + Live Q&A

A queer American filmmaker looks at the legacy of the Troubles through the lived experience of her estranged Northern Irish father. Trouble conflates fact and fiction, history and the present moment, violence and stasis, foregrounding the stakes of identarian conflict alongside a growing intimacy inside of a small, globally scattered family. 

“Through a combination of letters, interviews, archival footage, and uncanny reenactments of the period (featuring Garnett herself in the role of her father), this slyly self-reflexive yet deeply felt film provides a fragmented account of a teenager struggling to find an identity in a rapidly deteriorating society, and the parallel struggle of a filmmaker attempting to connect with her estranged father.” Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.

Co-presented with Glasgow Short Film Festival – and stay tuned for Barbed Wire Love: Artists and their North of Ireland Troubles, a strand of films exploring the contested places and politics of the North of Ireland. Coming soon at GSFF21, 22 – 28 March.

English with English subtitles. Closed Captions available.



Watch below the Q&A with Mariah Garnett and artist/filmmaker Myrid Carten and Peter Taylor, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.



The film programme is available for individual rental (£5 full price / £3 concessions), or as a Festival Pass bundle containing all the films included in the programme (£15 full price / £10 concessions). A full breakdown of ticketing and access can be viewed here.

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If you would like to pay the concessions price, add the promo code ‘PAY3’ at checkout for individual tickets, and ‘PAY10‘ for the Festival Pass.

We have a limited number of community tickets (which provide free access to watch the films). Again, no proof is required, just get in touch at and we will facilitate that.


Event: Screenings

Director: Mariah Garnett

Year: 2019

Country: USA/ UK