Writer, director and Fastnet co-founder Lance Daly’s breakthrough feature is arguably Fastnet’s finest cinematic achievement to date – a small, perfectly formed gem infused with magic realism and much charm. It’s the tale of two misbegotten suburban teens, Dylan (Shane Curry) and Kylie (Kelly O’Neill), and their misadventures over a single eventful night, as their search for Dylan’s brother becomes a voyage of discovery for them both. As a storyteller, Daly certainly isn’t afraid to take chances, embellishing his slight narrative with all manner of audacious flourishes, not least the film’s literal transition from the black and white monotone of the youngsters’ normal lives to the vivid colours of Dublin’s city centre. Those risks pay off, in spades: here, he’s crafted a work truly fit to join the pantheon of great films about childhood. (Notes by Derek O’Connor.)
Plus The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind (15 mins, Ireland, 2004, Colour): writer-director Ian Power’s charming piece of whimsy in which an unfortunate young man yearns for the girl of his dreams.
Lance Daly and Jim Sheridan will take part in a post-screening Q&A.