From the producers of Once and Sing Street, Float Like a Butterfly is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging. In a gender-reversal of classic film Billy Elliot, 15-year-old Frances has to fight for the right to fight back. Raised in roadside camps in rural Ireland, Frances wants to champion her people inside the boxing ring and out, like her idol Muhammad Ali. But society is determined to break her spirit and destroy her way of life. And her father, once her greatest ally, is too defeated himself to imagine any better for his daughter. But Frances was not born to be broken. In the mother of all fights, she must dig deep to find in herself the Champion her father once knew her to be.

Director Biography

Carmel Winters was born in Cork and studied Drama and English at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut feature film 'Snap', which she wrote and directed, received its World Premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and went on to win the prestigious Variety Critics Choice Award at the Karlovy-Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. B for Baby won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play in 2010. Salt Mountain (not listed here) was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre for the National Association of Youth Drama and the National Youth Theatre and produced at Project Arts Centre in 2015.


Carmel Winters