Director: TOM HALL

105 minutes| Ireland| 2010| Colour| D-Cinema

Unexpected, racy and droll, Sensation focuses on Donal (Domhnall Gleeson), a socially inept 26-year-old Tipperary farmer whose sole source of satisfaction derives from his stash of porn hidden in the sheep field behind his family home. Indifferent to anything beyond these carnal urges, Donal barely registers his father’s death, an event which ironically precipitates a new lease of life for him. Using his now considerable wealth, Donal hires local escort Kim (Luanne Gordon) to spend the night with him. With a shared understanding of what it’s like to be an outsider, an improbable but genuine relationship develops into a partnership when Donal volunteers the money Kim needs to set up an escort agency . . .

Originating from an Irish report about a farmer accused of running a brothel from his home, Sensation is a wryly observed black comedy about the sexual politics of mixing business with pleasure. Grabbing our attention from the outset, Tom Hall’s film discovers humour in the darkest of places. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Hall will participate in a Q&A after the 18.20 screening on November 4th.

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