Irish Film Institute -MUCH ADO ABOUT DYING


Director: Simon Chambers

82 mins, Ireland-UK, 2022, Digital

Filmmaker Simon finds his life drastically interrupted when he is called back from Delhi to London to care for his dying uncle David, an eccentric, cantankerous, flamboyant thesp obsessed with King Lear. David has been given months to live but ‘improves’ when Simon arrives and they embark on a five-year odyssey from the squalor of David’s rubbish-filled flat. Simon tries to curb David’s urge to give all his money away to his handsome Brazilian carer and friendly but self-interested neighbours. Despite the house burning down, homelessness, cancer, and the dreaded ‘care home’, Simon helps David to create an exuberant final performance to send him on his way. Though at times painfully intimate, Chambers’s film ultimately celebrates a joyous spirit which transcends the indignities of old age.

The opening night screening on Friday 10th at 18.20 will be followed by a Q&A with director Simon Chambers hosted by Lenny Abrahamson.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

Book Tickets

Thursday 16th