Love is a Sting

A struggling children’s book writer gains an unexpected houseguest in the form of an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel.

  • Best Irish Short Fastnet Film Festival 2017


Written by Academy Award® winner Benjamin Cleary, ‘Love is a Sting’ is a film about a struggling children's book writer named Harold Finch. At his lowest point Harold gains an unexpected house guest in the form of an ageing hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel.

Anabel has literally been the fly on the wall throughout history, but has never managed to communicate with a human being. She will attempt to do so now, even if it kills her.

  • Starring

    Sean T. O’Meallaigh and Ciarán Hinds

  • Director

    Vincent Gallagher

  • Producer

    Ian Hunt Duffy

  • Writer

    Benjamin Cleary

  • Cinematographer

    Evan Barry

  • Editor

    Martha Meyler


  • Best Short Film Young Director Awards 2017
  • Best Director Underground Film Festival 2016
  • Best Editor Underground Film Festival 2016
  • Transcendence Award Savannah Film Festival 2016
  • Best Foreign Film LA Shortsfest 2016
  • Grand Prix Irish Short Film Cork Film Festival 2015
  • Best Short Film Award Clones Film Festival 2015
  • Audience Award Richard Harris International Film Festival 2015
  • Best Short Film Waterford Film Festival 2015