Lily O'Neill is a multidisciplinary designer specialising in costume, illustration, and production design. She holds a degree in Costume Design for Stage and Screen from IADT and has gained invaluable experience working on various sets. Her notable works include costume design for the award-winning music video "Nightmares" (by Paddy Hanna, Dir. Ian Fallon) and "Lime" (by EFE), which was nominated for Best Music Video in the Kinsale Shark Awards. With a passion for puppetry and sculpture, Lily has also worked on the short film "A Saddle For Two" as puppet designer and sculptor. This has been screened at multiple festivals, including The Achill Film Festival.
For Lily's degree piece she chose to design the Stephen King's 1974 novel, 'Carrie'. The project recontextualizes the all American idea of a prom queen by setting this retelling in a 1970's secondary school in Dublin. This project focuses on the various subcultures that took hold of Irish youth in the 1970's and also explores the representation of female sexuality in the context of horror. The final products of this project include Carrie's Debs dress made and designed by Lily O' Neill, as a well as a video piece of the penultimate scene from Brian De Palma's 1976 production of 'Carrie', which was made in collaboration with cinematographer Katelyn Markham.
This thesis problematises the representation of the character Lolita and how she affects intergenerational relationships in contemporary film. I focus on the foundations of The Lolita archetype in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film 'Lolita', in order to deconstruct the misunderstanding of the eroticised image she represents in popular-culture. Through the analyses of Lolita (1962), I theorised the possibilities of reversing the gender roles in the original Lolita dynamic by referring to the film Licorice Pizza (Anderson, 2021). I have considered the cultural context of the film specifically in relation to gender performativity and masculinism. Finally, I applied the Lolita Archetype to Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film, 'Call Me by Your Name' to explore the nuances surrounding queerness within age-gap dynamics and the integrity of the queer identity in mainstream cinema.