Light Moves Festival presented an online screening of Áine Stapleton’s Horrible Creature as part of the 2021 edition.
In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle travelled with their young children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of World War I. Lucia later trained as a dancer and performed throughout Europe. Her career ended suddenly in the early 1930s, and she was forced into psychiatric care and underwent treatment at various hospitals across Europe. Horrible Creature is filmed at locations in Switzerland where Lucia spent time. The work challenges the accepted biography of Lucia’s life and considers the complexity of mental instability.