Dublin director Ben Cleary was stunned when his 12 minute drama Stutterer was named as one of the nominees for the Best Live Action Short Film Award.
The film examines the social struggles of a young man with a speech impediment, and then goes on to confront his fears.
Cleary spent just €5,000 on the film, far less than many productions. However, it was recognised by the Oscars nominations committee as one of the best short movies of the year.
The London Film School graduate told the Irish Sun: “Winning the Oscar would be great but I’m pleased we represented the issue of stuttering in a sensitive and correct light. I want the film to touch people emotionally but everyone will take something different away from it.”
You can find out more about Ben Cleary and his work at www.benjamincleary.net.
Take a look at the trailer for Stutterer.