★★★★★ The Irish Times
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Fifteen-year-old Jack (Charlie Plummer) doesn’t have many friends, lives in a rough part of town and is also in the middle of a heated feud with local bully Shane (Danny Flaherty). His home life isn’t much better; single mother Karen (Erin Davie) is over-burdened and distracted, while older brother Tom (Christian Madsen, son of Michael) is borderline abusive. There is also the de rigueur territory of first love to be navigated.
When Jack’s aunt falls ill, he is stuck babysitting his younger cousin Ben (Cory Nichols). Much to Jack’s surprise they get along well, until Shane and his gang put Jack’s relationship with Ben to the test. Filmed in a glistening summer haze perfectly suited to its coming-of-age themes, King Jack is a confident first feature from Felix Thompson that tackles familiar issues in a refreshingly forthright manner. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)
King Jack screenings will be preceded by Oscar-winning short Stutterer by Irish director Benjamin Cleary.
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