Irish Film Institute -EAT / SLEEP / CHEER / REPEAT


Director: Tanya Doyle

87 mins, Ireland, 2024, Digital, F-Rated

Welcome to the surprising world of cheerleading in Ireland, where athletic young hopefuls search for their place in the world through the sport they love. The colourful members of Team Ireland: Jessica, Jayleesa, Blathnaid, Dean, Taylor and Rickie – by turns fun-loving, ambitious, despondent, and determined – strive for perfection under the tutelage of their anxious coach, Hilton, who battles to keep the team on track despite ill-discipline and injuries, as they journey to the World Championships in America. Award-winning director Tanya Doyle (The House), a working-class Dubliner herself, captures these working-class teens on the brink of adulthood as they explore gender, sexuality, and personal identity, and learn about the uplifting power of team membership and friendship. It is a film about belonging and self-acceptance, and having fun.

There will be Open Captioned screenings on Friday 17th at 13.00 and Tuesday 21st at 18.30.

Tanya Doyle, Jayleesa Cunningham, and Rickie Kavanagh will join for a post-screening Q&A on Friday 17th at 18.15.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

Book Tickets

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