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    • Director

      Robert Higgins,
      Patrick McGivney

    • Credits

      Robert Higgins,
      Patrick McGivney.

      Simon Crowe

    • Principal Cast

      Éanna Hardwicke,
      Danielle Galligan,
      Lorcan Cranitch.

  • Category


Following a violent attack on a night out, Cian O’Reilly (Éanna Hardwicke), a promising young Gaelic footballer, sustains a life-changing injury. Cian, a young farmer, had been happy with his lot: working contentedly alongside his father (Lorcan Cranitch) on the farm, partying with friends, and performing well on the pitch. His world is shattered when a serious head injury forces him off the field, and he struggles to reimagine an identity in the small midlands town where GAA is at the beating heart of the community. Some comfort arrives in the shape of an old girlfriend (Danielle Galligan), home from London to nurse her ailing father. Lakelands, the debut feature from writer/directors Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney – set in their hometown of Granard, Co. Longford – captures the cadence of local banter, and the idiosyncrasies and pleasures of midlands youth culture, celebrating lives that are multifaceted, complex, and as inherently dramatic as they are satisfying.

Best Irish Film, Galway Film Fleadh 2022
Best Film at Kerry International Film Festival 2022

Notes by Sunniva O'Flynn

98 minutes, Ireland, 2022, Colour

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