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First Look Screening - Handsome Devil

  • Date:  Monday 12th 6.30pm
  • Venue: Savoy Cinema, Dublin

IFTA is delighted to host an exclusive First Look Screening of 'Handsome Devil' followed by Q&A with Director/Writer John Butler (IFTA Winner) at 6.30pm on Monday 12th December in the SAVOY Cinema, Dublin

Film synopsis

Unable to convince his widowed father (Ardal O'Hanlon) and chilly stepmother (Amy Huberman) that a boarding school where rugby is a religion is not the place for him, Ned Roche (Fionn O’Shea) braces himself for another term of ridicule, much of it at the hands of his "tormentor in chief," Weasel (Ruairi O'Connor). A scrawny, self-styled 16-year-old rebel with dyed red hair and a room decorated with Bowie lyrics and Dita Von Teese pinups, solitary Ned's ambiguous sexuality makes him a target for gay slurs from his tribal classmates.

When transfer student Conor (Galitzine) is assigned as his new roommate, the mismatch portends extreme discomfort. A melancholy hunk with bee-stung lips and a stellar record on the rugby field, Conor left his previous school under a cloud. Believing that cohabiting with the enemy will only make his school life more hellish, Ned erects a "Berlin Wall" down the middle of the room, attempting to keep to himself. But the new boy has his own issues, causing him to feel alone in the flock, and his shy efforts to reach out eventually give Ned an unaccustomed taste of friendship and acceptance.

The film stars this year’s Best Actor IFTA winner Moe Dunford (‘Patrick’s Day’), Andrew Scott (‘Spectre’), Amy Huberman (‘The Stag’), Norma Sheahan (‘The Clinic’), Michael MacElhatton (‘Perrier’s Bounty’) and Hugh O'Conor (‘Pilgrimage’). Louise Kiely casted the film.

With thanks to Treasure Entertainment