Director/writer: John Butler; cinematography: Cathal Watters; editing: John O’Connor; music: John McPhillips; production design: Ferdia Murphy; producers: Rebecca O’Flanagan, Robert Walpole; production company: Treasure Entertainment; Irish location: Dublin; running time: 90’
Cast: Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford, Michael McElhatton, Hugh O’Conor, Amy Huberman
With his dyed hair, willowy build, and penchant for sexually ambivalent pop and rock from generations past, 16-year-old Ned has never fit in at the rugby-mad boarding school his father insists he attend. Determined to simply keep his nose down and weather another year of loneliness and bullying, Ned is pleasantly surprised when he develops a friendship with his dashing new roommate, Conor, a rugby virtuoso with issues of his own.
Dubliner director and writer John Butler directed commercials and documentaries before collaborating with Rory Bresnihan on the short George, which was nominated for the Irish Film and Television Awards in 2005. He won this award in 2011 for directing the TV series Your Bad Self. That same year the publishing house Picador published his debut novel The Tenderloin, nominated for the Irish Book Awards. In 2013 he directed his first feature-length fiction film The Stag (presented at IrishFilmFesta.7), which is now followed by Handsome Devil.