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'Inspiration' New film to show Vicky Phelan's fight 'to expose truth' in CervicalCheck scandal

Vicky will be part of the line-up at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival

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CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

A new feature film about cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan will document her efforts to expose the CervicalCheck healthcare scandal.

The documentary, simply called Vicky, will also focus on her extraordinary efforts to find treatments that would extend her life.

News of the film came as it was announced Vicky would be part of the line-up at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, which begins later this month.

The feature, made by Irish director and producer Sasha King, will be screened as part of the festival.

“In 2018 on the steps of The High Court, Vicky Phelan gave a now-infamous address where she exposed one of the worst women’s health scandals in Irish history, the cervical cancer debacle,” according to the festival notes for the film.

Vicky is an exclusive and intimate journey into not only her fight to expose the truth of what happened for all women but also her own personal fight to stay alive.”

The news comes in the week Phelan is to be awarded the Freedom of Limerick, the city where she has made her home.

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Campaigner Vicky Phelan on RTÉ's 'The Late Late Show'.

Campaigner Vicky Phelan on RTÉ's 'The Late Late Show'.

Campaigner Vicky Phelan on RTÉ's 'The Late Late Show'.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler, described the CervicalCheck campaigner and mother-of-two as an “inspiration”.

“She is a tireless fighter for women who have been affected by the Cervical Check scandal, and her work encapsulates the Freedom of Limerick, and how women should be treated,” he said.

Vicky is one of dozens of Irish and international films that will screen at VMDIFF, which runs in the capital from February 23rd to March 6th.

Other new Irish movies to feature at the festival include the Belfast-set crime thriller Nightride, starring Moe Dunford, the drama Wolf which stars George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp and was filmed in Ireland last year, and Dublin-set comedy-horror Let the Wrong One In, featuring top Buffy star Anthony Head.

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