The Galway film, Adulting, written and co-directed by Connemara women Linda Bhreathnach has won Best Short Film Award at the Irish Film Festival in London. The award was presented at a ceremony in the Irish Embassy London on Monday.
Adulting, which premiered at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, touches on the dilemmas of modern life; the pressure to travel, have the ‘perfect’ life and be ‘happy’. It examines how social media and having so much choice can sometimes cause utter anxiety for people.
“I wanted to do write something that was contemporary and that represented modern Irish women in a way that felt realistic and authentic to me,” says Linda.
The cast includes Linda (Ros na Rún, Corp agus Anam), Carrie Crowley (Vikings, Fair City), Páraic Breathnach (Jack Taylor, Breakfast on Pluto), Emma Eliza Regan (Jack Taylor, Darkness on the Edge of Town), Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (Vikings, Klondike), and James Riordan (Lipsinkers).
Shot in Galway City and Connemara, it features country traditions such as working on the bog alongside the new world of social media – Facebook, Tinder and Snapchat.
Adulting, which was co-directed and co-produced by Justin Davey, has already received a great response locally and from reviewers in The Irish Times, Film Ireland, and RTÉ’s Arena.
Writing in The Irish Times, Pól Ó Muirí in the Irish Times, described it as ‘a poem of a film’.
Adulting will be screened during the Irish Film Festival in London next Wednesday, November 23, at 7pm in the Regent Street Cinema as part of the festival’s Best of Irish Short Films Programme.
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