I was lucky enough to catch Donal Foreman's Out of Here at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year and also chatted to the first time feature filmmaker about the movie.
It's the story of a young man called Ciaran (Fionn Walton) who dropped out of college and ran away to Asia for a year - something which will be familiar to many young people. We get to see him wander back into his old life, reconnecting with friends and trying to figure out both what drove him away in the first place and what could possibly encourage him to stay.
Out of Here is a subtle film that's more about performance but it's also far from a meandering student effort. Foreman has a great eye for composition and draws out strong turns from his young cast and also addresses the real issues facing young people in modern Ireland.
It's a strong first effort and we're pleased to confirm that the film will be getting the theatrical release it deserves. It's coming exclusively to the IFI from the 7th of November and Foreman as well as some of the cast and crew will take part in a Q&A on the 7th at 18.30. The filmmaker will also be presenting some of his acclaimed short films at the IFI on the 10th of November from 18.30.0
Get tickets for both of these events on the IFI site here.
Out of here is at the IFI from the 7th of November 2014.