Irish Film Institute -GAZE 2019: HANDSOME DEVIL


Director: John Butler

95 mins, Ireland, 2017, Digital

This film screened on Friday 2nd August 2019. 

IFI Education is delighted to partner with GAZE Film Festival and BeLonG To Youth Services on a special 15-18’s screening of Handsome Devil, followed by a Q&A with writer/director John Butler.

Tickets €6. 

Returning to boarding school after the holidays, Ned, a bullied but resilient outsider, is dismayed to find he has been assigned a new roommate, Conor, a rugby playing Adonis. When Conor is drafted by Ned’s prime tormentors, the animosity between them deepens, until English teacher Mr Sherry (Andrew Scott) insists they work together on a variety show duet. An unlikely friendship develops, complicated by desire, and the need to find one’s own voice.

John Butler’s tender tale fits the classic coming-of-age/coming-out mould with equal measures of comedy and drama peppering the road to self-acceptance. Featuring a 1980s indie soundtrack, a top-notch cast and some damn fine rugby, the film is an absolute gem.

Notes by Anna Taylor.

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