Grand Prize – Rhode Island Intl Film Festival 2015
Recently moved to London, Bryn is finding it difficult to cope with his new surroundings. Seeking a distraction, he invites Sean, an intrusive extrovert, over for casual sex. When the encounter ends, Bryn wants to be alone again but Sean doesn’t want to leave. Sharing a bed for the night, real intimacy begins to surface between the two men. However, negotiating towards being genuinely open with each other proves a challenge when both have something to hide. Engaging and challenging, this story is about coping in the world when it’s not how you thought it would be – and about how sometimes you find comfort in someone when you least expect it.
Growing up in Ireland, stories and storytelling have always been present in my life. Knowing I was dyslexic from an early age I was determined to read all the more. When I discovered I didn’t think the same way as others when it came to creativity my interest in narrative grew. I studied English Literature and Film Studies at Trinity College, Dublin where I first became interested in filmmaking. I ran the Filmmaking Society, encouraging people to be as interested in filmmaking as I had become. When I graduated, I moved to London to attend the LFS. I found it difficult adjusting to London, which became the subject of my grad film No Strings. (Eion Maher)