99 minutes, Ireland, 2012, Colour, D-Cinema

We are delighted to welcome director Kirsten Sheridan who will take part in a Q&A following the 18.20 screening of this film on Friday, December 7th.

Kirsten Sheridan’s third feature is a loose, experimental depiction of a modern-day bacchanal as a group of five young Dublin outsiders break into a luxurious seafront house. At the eye of the storm is Jeannie (Seána Kerslake), who has been keeping a number of secrets from her friends. The arrival of concerned neighbour Robbie (Jack Reynor, What Richard Did) leads to further questions and complications over a night of indulgence, experimentation, and revelation. Improvising from the director’s basic outline, the cast were fed information before each scene in order to add authenticity to their performances.

This manner of working, combined with the film’s single location, adds to its sense of claustrophobia, and also gives it an effectively uncomfortable sense of tension as events unfold before the believably volatile characters. Visceral and challenging, it marks a strong return for Sheridan, and an intriguing signpost to her future work. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

All screenings will be introduced by a member of the cast, crew or IFI staff.

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