Black Ice

Directed by Johnny Gogan
  • Ireland
  • 98 minutes
  • 2012
Johnny Gogan will attend the screening.

Teenagers Alice and her brother Tom are obsessed with racing cars. Growing up in the borderlands of Donegal, there is little else for them to do, but when Jimmy Devlin, a local racer and petty criminal, starts taking an interest in Alice, she finds the world of semi-professional rallying is not what she thought it would be. In the aftermath of a tragic accident that claims the life of her brother and his girlfriend, Alice is forced to confront her own guilt.

Set at the time of the financial bail-out of 2008, Johnny Gogan’s first feature since Mapmaker describes a shady black market world where everyone, it seems, is on the take. Jane McGrath gives a mesmerising performance as Alice, a young girl traumatised by the death of her brother, and Love/Hate’s Killian Scott has the requisite charisma for Jimmy, the loner who lures her in. The white-knuckle night races are convincingly staged while the pulsing soundtrack captures the adrenaline rush of the chase on these haunting, blacked-out back roads.

Alistair Daniel, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival