Ireland (87 mins, dir. Lenny Abrahamson)
Key Themes: Personal responsibility, masculinity, violence, consequences of alcohol
Suitable Year Levels: Senior secondary +
“An engrossing and intelligent drama that throbs in the mind for hours after the final credits.” – The Guardian
Eighteen-year-old Richard, a golden boy from Dublin’s privileged south side, has the world at his feet until one night in summer, out partying, he lets things get “out of hand”. The fall from grace is shattering for him, his family and all those affected.
In his third feature, Lenny Abrahamson confirms a reputation as one of Ireland’s most gifted filmmakers. Drawing a breakthrough performance from his young lead, Jack Reynor, Abrahamson has crafted a complex teen drama around the kind of impulsive violence that happens in our own city every weekend.
The film’s languid beauty, which captures coastal Ireland at the height of summer, creates an unnerving counterpoint to the ominous tension that lies beneath.
“This is masterful filmmaking.” – The Sunday Times
11am Thursday 8 August at ACMI