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29 Apr
Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 8:45 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Kathryn Ferguson is expected to attend.


Profiling Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor’s speedy rise to fame and ensuing controversial stances, this documentary serves as an essential reminder of just how ahead of her time she was. Traversing the pivotal years of her first three albums, 1987-93, the film tracks O’Connor’s frank discussion of her abusive mother; the sexist, racist, and predatory music business; and her issues with Catholicism, leading up to her controversial appearance on Saturday Night Live. The film also features performances of “Troy,” Feel So Different,” and more of her transcendent classics. To prove current context, the singer, who changed her name to Shuhada Sadaqat in 2018, offers reflections on her life and career in voiceover.

Director Kathryn Ferguson

A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kathryn Ferguson studied at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. As a commercials director, she has made commercials for clients that include Nike, Air France, Dove, and Amnesty International. Among her short documentaries are Incredible Machines (2016); The Greatest Luxury (2018), part of a campaign for Selfridges department store; Taking the Waters (2018); and Space to Be (2021). Nothing Compares (2022) is her first feature.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 97

Country UK, Ireland

Director Kathryn Ferguson

Executive Producer Charlotte Cook, John Reynolds, Lucy Pullin, Lesley McKimm, Lisa Marie Russo

Producer Eleanor Emptage, Michael Mallie

Editor Mick Mahon

Cinematographer Luke Jacobs

Music Irene Buckley, Linda Buckley

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.