Handsome Devil | Closing Gala

Directed by John Butler
  • Ireland
  • 95 mins
  • 2016
  • English

In this funny and observant coming of age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler (whose previous film The Stag was the Closing Gala in 2014), bullied outsider Ned and macho athlete Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their rugby-mad boarding school. Their unlikely friendship takes them both by surprise as they bond over music and begin practicing guitar together. After their supportive English teacher encourages them to enter a local talent competition, Conor faces increasing pressure to choose between “manly” athletic pursuits and his new love of music. Meanwhile Ned has to decide whether to betray his new friend’s trust to save his own skin. Ultimately, each learns the importance of bravery, loyalty, and finding one’s own voice.

John Butler's exuberant coming of age drama features a fine cast with a special mention for Andrew Scott.

Gráinne Humpreys, Festival Director

Fionn O’Shea
Nicholas Galitzine
Andrew Scott
Moe Dunford

Filmmaker in Attendance

Director John Butler and cast members Moe Dunford, Fionn O'Shea and Nicholas Galitzine will attend this screening.