Irish Film Institute -THE BRIGHT SIDE


Director: Ruth Meehan

100 mins, 2021, Ireland, Digital

World-weary stand-up comedian, Kate McLaughlin (Gemma-Leah Devereux) is depressed and tired of life. Her morbid prayers are answered in the form of a cancer diagnosis. To placate her family, she grudgingly agrees to undergo chemotherapy.  Armed with an impenetrable shield of cynicism and gallows humour Kate takes time to warm to the women she meets in the chemo ward; four women from all walks of Irish life, whose unsolicited friendships will ultimately restore her capacity for joy and her lust for life.

Inspired by comedian Anne Gildea’s memoir I’ve Got Cancer, What’s Your Excuse?,  writer-director Ruth Meehan’s life-affirming feature debut pulsates with warmth and humanity and celebrates the healing power of love, laughter and friendship.

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