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Northern Irish folk horror meets bleak crime drama in Mandrake, a stylish but disturbing woman-led feature from Lisburn’s Lynne Davison. Weaving in witchy imagery, gloomy woodlands and the very real fear of child abduction, Davison conjures and sustains an atmosphere of dread that will have you reaching for the pause button.





Probation officer Cathy Madden (Deidre Mullins) is given the job of rehabilitating a notorious axe-murderer named Mary Laidlaw (Derbhle Crotty) following a two decade stint in prison. But Cathy’s faith in redemption is shaken when two children disappear near Mary’s farm.