Dance Lexie Dance (1996)
Produced by Nerve Centre and shot on location in Derry, Dance Lexie Dance is a heart-warming short film that achieved a nod for Best Live Action Short Film at the 70th Academy Awards in 1998.
The film features the late B.J. Hogg as a working-class Protestant widower, Lexie, who is initially reluctant when his young daughter expresses an interest in Irish dancing, following the Riverdance craze that swept the country. It is a tale of love, loss, acceptance and culture all woven together in an impactful, charming and sensitively observed film.
Looking back at the film's impact after 25 years, producer Pearse Moore commented, "Lexie was transformative for Nerve Centre. Our motivation for making the film was to give our film students industry experience. It became an international success, showcasing our local creative industries on the international stage and Nerve Centre as a key cultural hub."