The 10 short films featured in the Facing Change Exhibition were produced by Sam Whelan-Curtin and Fiona Murphy. The films demonstrate the impact of some of the work resulting from the collaboration between Government and Genio. The stories highlight the experiences of people who have been supported to move from institutional settings to live as independently as possible in their own communities. Some of the stories also explore how appropriate, personalised supports in the community enabled people to avoid institutional care. The stories explore both the challenges and achievements experienced by each person and their families.  

The bravery of those who have chosen to share their stories can’t be understated. They have opened up about their journeys with such honesty. It was humbling as a filmmaker to meet such people and witness how their lives and experiences have changed.” - Sam Whelan-Curtin.

Each film is about 1min 30 seconds and profiles inspiring people with disabilities, mental health difficulties and dementia from across Ireland. Including footage by Myles Shelly


  • John Healy, Cork
  • Irene Dunne, Dublin
  • Paul Walsh, Dublin
  • Bernie Fox, Mayo
  • Christine Gallagher, Dublin
  • Mark O’Brien, Kerry
  • Tony Quinn, Louth
  • David Doyle, Louth
  • Joe Quinn, Mayo
  • Annie Glynn, Laois

About Sam Whelan-Curtin

Sam specialises in working with social sector organisations and communicating complex human-interest stories. His sensitive and intuitive approach to film-making puts those around him at ease, which is especially important when working with disadvantaged and vulnerable people. He has collaborated with Genio for the past 10 years on short films featuring some of the work supported through Government and Genio's collaboration. He has worked with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Social Innovation Fund Ireland, Dublin Well Woman Centre, the DCU Ryan Academy, and Inclusion Ireland among others. He is also a director of the Fumbally Exchange and a leader in the Data4Good movement. His work has been screened nationally and internationally including at the United Nations.

About Fiona Murphy

Fiona joined Genio in 2009 and as part of her role as Communications and Development Manager, has led out on short film production for the past 10 years. She has a background in marketing, media, music and design.

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