Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Michael Largey 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Michael Largey is a multimedia producer currently based in Belfast, N. Ireland. He has experience in short film, documentary and live television broadcasting. Michael is a hands on collaborator with strong creative vision, and proven ability in guiding a wide range of projects from development to completion. He thrives in a faced paced environment and is always looking for a new challenge to take on, shown by his ambition in producing three IADT graduate films in 2022.

Final Year Overview: Producing Major

Michael majored in Producing in his final year, finishing his degree with three short films with varying themes and messages. This diversity in genre is something Michael wanted to explore from the beginning of the year as he wanted to step outside his comfort zone and make up for lost time due to the pandemic stopping his last two films. The large task of three grad films allowed Michael to expand his skillset in both a creative and technical sense as he helped develop multiple scripts, managed three budgets at once and acted as a leader for the crew on each set. Michael thrived under the pressure of his final year, and in his determination to push his own limits, also produced the FÍS Film Awards 2021 which was recorded as live in the studio. This tested his ability to operate and adapt in a fast paced environment which he did with great success despite joining the crew just two weeks before the recording.

The Portrayal of Women in the Slasher Film and Wider Horror Genre

Michael's thesis investigated the portrayal of women in the horror genre, with a particular focus on the slasher sub-genre. The focus of the thesis is how this portrayal has changed over the years and the social context behind these changes. The thesis consists of three chapters: Sex and Violence in Slasher Films, The Final Girl, and The Presentation of The Female Monster.

Throughout the thesis, Michael examined the role of women in films such as 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'Scream', 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and more as he took inspiration from Carol J Clover's 'Men Women and Chain Saws' and Barbara Creed's 'The Monstrous Feminine'. Michael discusses how female sexuality was linked to more brutal acts of violence, the evolving 'Final Girl' trope and how female villains are presented so much differently to their male counterparts.