Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

John Scally 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

John Francis Scally is a writer, director and producer, graduating from Film + TV Production with a major in Directing and minor in Production. He is originally from Cork City, and is now based in Dublin. Drawn to the surreal, he used his major project as an opportunity to delve into genre film, with his writer-director debut Grind. He is also an experienced First AD, producer and script supervisor, and always enjoys working on passion projects.


A dark tale of obsession, fixation, deprivation and hunger. Michael, a failed businessman, finds himself drawn into an underworld of meat and murder after a chance encounter one night leads him to become addicted to raw flesh.
Grind is a psychological horror piece about dehumanizing your peers on the path to success.

Monstrous Femininity: Female Sexual Identity in Contemporary Horror Cinema

In this thesis, I examined the relationship between female sexual development and identity and body horror in a trio of cannibal-horror films - Ginger Snaps, Raw and Jennifer's Body - with the goal of exploring the interaction between social values and artistic expression, how filmmakers use the language of cinema to structure ideological conversations, and how gender identity and gendered social roles are a source of subconscious horror in the collective unconscious.