Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Lavinia De Vito 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Lavinia specialised in Cinematography and Documentary at the National Film School, IADT. She intends to continue her work as a cameraperson in short fiction, music videos and documentary.

Originally from Rome, Lavinia’s upbringing between Ireland and Italy provides her with a particular perspective that simultaneously engages with two cultures and languages. This vantage point allows her to observe and appreciate the individual realities of our world, and her dual identity has gifted her a lifelong interest in people and their stories.

As a camera trainee, she has worked projects for Coca Cola, RTÉ and on The Tourist (BBC).

Skirmish - Graduate Film 2024

Annie is stuck caring for her grandad, at a dead-end job and mourning her relationship, until a local western themed night seems like the perfect opportunity to get her ex back.

Exploring themes of self-sabotage and acceptance, Skirmish is a drama/comedy. Annie embodies this dichotomy: as she pursues her ex, Clara, she neglects herself and her job, ignores her grandfather and wilfully ignores how she was the problem in her own relationship. Reaching any kind of acceptance for the hurt she caused takes one very extreme night of being confronted with the consequences of her actions.

The visual language of the film aims to capture Annie’s lack of self-reflection and insight, highlighting her self-sabotaging behaviour.

The comedic elements are not overshadowed, and they arise from the ridiculousness of Annie’s actions and the situations she gets herself in. A nuanced approach to the visuals to represent these distinct qualities of the story, allowing the audience to understand her struggle but also view her actions for what they are - rash and questionable.