Apr 8, 2023
In 2011, Holly Marie Parnell's family emigrated to Canada in search of a reasonable standard of living: Holly's younger brother David is quadriplegic and has complex care needs. Against a backdrop of Irish post-crash austerity, the Parnells felt they had no choice but to leave.
"Families were given the choice of institutionalising their child or doing the care themselves and being plunged into poverty," Holly says. Holly's powerful 2023 film Cabbage is an intimate portrayal of the family's return to Ireland and the world of her brother, who communicates and writes poetry with eye-gaze technology.