Governing the Northern Irish countryside, Hydebank Wood currently houses 104 young male offenders. Ryan, currently serving a 5 year sentence, has formed an unlikely bond with the prisons flock of sheep. Through their interactions, Ryan attempts to come to terms with the brutal act that led him here.

*Italian premiere

by Ross McClean
UK, Northern Ireland, 2019


Ross is a filmmaker from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has studied Documentary in Canada, Budapest, Lisbon and Brussels, and recently graduated magna cum laude from the European documentary directing masters program DocNomads. Following graduation he received support from the Scottish Documentary Institute and NI Screen to create a film set in Belfast. Through interaction and submersion, his work seeks to explore the depths of the human experience, and has been broadcast on the BBC, competed in DOK Leipzig, Leeds FF and premiered in Edinburgh IFF. His film “Hydebank” was recently awarded Best Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh.

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