Irish Film Institute -FROM THE VAULTS: 32A + Q&A


Director: Marian Quinn

89 mins, Ireland-Germany, 2007, 35mm

Raheny, Dublin, 1979. 13-year-old Maeve Brennan (Ailish McCarthy) dons a new bra and steps out into the world as a young woman. She and her friends, Ruth (Sophie Jo Wasson), Claire (Riona Smith), and Orla (Orla Long), all more experienced than she in the ways of the world, enjoy a busy whirl of school, household duties, and hanging out. All is harmonious until Maeve has a romantic encounter with the local heartthrob Brian Power (Shane McDaid), thereby jeopardising their friendship and catapulting her into a difficult moral dilemma.

Period detail and the minutiae of suburban teenage life are perfectly rendered in Marian Quinn’s debut feature, which oozes with charm and poignancy.

Marian Quinn and Ailish McCarthy will reunite for a post-screening Q&A.

Marian Quinn’s newest film Twig opens Friday 21st.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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