A darkly comic road movie across Northern Ireland toward redemption in the form of a lamb with very unchristian-like innards. Two outsiders are on their way to make a pickup: the lamb, Liz, whose boyfriend Joe is a junkie. Plus Joe’s father Eddie, a corpulent 50-year-old with depression. Their alliance is purely expedient. Liz is going to visit her son, who is growing up in a foster home. And Eddie, willing to save Joe’s neck at any price, persuades her to be his driver. On the way, this odd couple undergo a series of bizarre, comic, and tragic situations, culminating in Eddie’s abysmal attempt to play the drug dealer. Eddie’s desire to atone for his parental failings is linked to Liz’s painful past and feelings of guilt. This connection elevates their journey into a quiet process of healing that manages to avoid a sentimental happy ending…. This laconic picture, combining Christian symbolism with bitter irony and pervasive misery, is John McIlduff’s feature debut.
John McIlduff, born in Belfast, is a writer, filmmaker, and stage director. After studying at L’École de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris, he made films about fighting cows, pear trees and irresponsible parents, which have been screened at numerous festivals. McIlduff has directed commercials for well-known brands of washing powder and has been awarded the “Prix de Qualité” from the CNC, France. As a writer, he has worked on both operas and soap operas, most recently writing for a French television show, and wrote "Dumbworld’s opera POSTCARDS," which had its world premiere at the Belfast Festival 2010 and was nominated for “Best Opera” at the Irish Theatre Awards. Along with composer Brian Irvine, he has recently been awarded the “Artist’s Taking the Lead commission” for Northern Ireland as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations for London 2012, for the project NEST. "Behold the Lamb" is his first feature film.