Feats of Modest Valour




Tom, Milena and Brian live clockwork existences, dictated by a strict regime of medication and the challenging physical reality of living with Parkinson’s Disease. Meanwhile, Éilís and her team of scientists are developing a new medical device, which could potentially cure the devastating disease. Woven together with observation and animation, this short documentary invites you to witness the story of groundbreaking medical science and offers a contemplation of life and mortality.


Winner of the Scientist Award and runner-up People’s Choice Award at Imagine Science Film Festival (New York) 2017

Winner of the Professional Documentary > 10 Minutes Award at Raw Science Film Festival (Santa Barbara) 2017

Acquired by RTÉ Television for 3 years- first broadcast in November, 2017


Co-directed and Co-produced by: Mia Mullarkey & Alice McDowell

Cinematography: Aidan Maguire

Editor: Whitney Eddison

Music: Anna Mullarkey

Animation: Small Fry Animations

Sound Recording and Edit: Simon Murphy

Project developed under the ‘Science on Screen Initiative’.

Supported by Galway Film Centre and Cúram Centre for Research in Medical Devices. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland.


To find out more visit the official film website.