Director: Emer Reynolds
95 mins, Ireland, 2021, Digital, F-Rated
This opening night screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Emer Reynolds. Tickets for all other screenings are on sale here.
12-year-old Mully (Charlie Reid) has lost his mother, and discovers his debt-ridden father stealing the charity money they’ve raised in her name. Grabbing the cash, Mully flees the scene, steals a taxi and is shocked to find a woman, Joy (Olivia Colman), passed out in the back seat with a baby. Joy, an inadvertent mother, has decided to give her child away to a friend and leave the country. This mismatched pair, a compassionate but troubled adolescent and a complicated, no-nonsense solicitor, set off on a road trip where they will ultimately find deep friendship and a happier way to journey through life. Filmed in the glorious south west of Ireland, directed by Emer Reynolds (The Farthest) from a script by Ailbhe Keogan (Run and Jump), Joyride is a warm, funny and touching story about motherhood, friendship and acceptance.
Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn