Medicated Milk

Still from  Medicated Milk  taken by José Miguel Jiménez

Still from Medicated Milk taken by José Miguel Jiménez


Medicated Milk is a feature film by Aine Stapleton, made in collaboration with José Miguel Jiménez, with an original sound score by Somadrone. 

Lucia Joyce was a talented dancer, writer and musician. She spent her life under the control of her father James Joyce, her family and multiple doctors. Her time in Ireland during the 1930s – particularly in Bray, Co. Wicklow – was one of her few moments of freedom. This film deftly interweaves Lucia’s story with the filmmaker’s own to explore accounts of loss and trauma spanning over 100 years.


About Medicated Milk:

Lucia Joyce trained as a professional dancer in France, but soon into her career she was incarcerated by her brother. She was then left in psychiatric care for 47 years until her death in 1982. 

Medicated Milk focuses on Lucia’s remaining years at St. Andrew’s Psychiatric Hospital in Northampton, England between 1952 and 1982.

It was filmed at locations in Ireland where Lucia would have spent time during the 1930s. The imagery is generated from Lucia’s dream diary and biography which she wrote as part of her therapy at St. Andrew's Hospital. The sound score is inspired by classical music that Lucia would have listened to or played on piano. 

This film was described as “A must see” by Film Ireland, and “Strange and Startling” The Examiner.



Belgrade Irish Festival, Belgrade, Serbia (March 2018)

Light Moves Festival of Screendance, Dance Limerick (November 2017)

Museo Svevo e Museo Joyce, Trieste, Italy (June 2017) 

The Irish Film Instiute ,Dublin, Ireland (June 2016)

NYU Tisch School of Arts, New York, USA (June 2016) 

The Irish Film Institute, Dublin, Ireland (January 2016) 

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Ireland (September 2015)


“a provocative experimental film” The Irish Examiner

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