Handsome Devil

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Ireland | 2016 | 95 minutes | John Butler

Music-obsessed Irish teenager Ned is an outcast at his rugby-obsessed boarding school, understood only by an inspirational English teacher (Andrew Scott, “Sherlock”), at least until he becomes roommates with a star athlete, in this breezy coming-of-age underdog story.

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Ned (Fionn O’Shea) is resigned to the fact that he’s going to be an outcast at his new school no matter how hard he tries. The students at this all-boys prep school seem to care only about boosting their masculinity through intense rugby matches and viciously bullying anyone slightly different. Ned dyes his hair, loves David Bowie, plays guitar, and is not quite sure of his sexuality. He’s an introvert, and besides actively avoiding head tormenter Weasel, he’s not necessarily looking to change everything about himself just to avoid a beat-down. His new dorm roommate Conor (Nicholas Galitzine) is a handsome, broody transfer student—a great addition to the rugby team and popular-kid crowd. Conor’s mysterious expulsion from his previous school and mutual interest in music propels him and Ned toward an unexpected friendship―despite the homophobic slurs and immature remarks from both their peers and their brutish rugby coach. When a new English professor with an eye for potential encourages the boys to play guitar at their sister school’s talent show, Ned and Conor are confronted with the decision whether to dive headfirst into self-discovery or try to blend with the crowd. Director John Butler (The Bachelor Weekend) delivers a portrait of growing up as well as a biting commentary on hetero-masculinity in this touching drama that recalls Dead Poets Society and Sing Street.

Director Biography

This Irish director and writer has been getting lots of attention for his most recent work, Handsome Devil, which was recognized at the Toronto International Film Festival and appeared on many critics' 2016 year-end "best" lists.

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  • Director: John Butler
  • Principal Cast: Fionn O'Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Moe Dunford, Michael McElhatton, Andrew Scott
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Ireland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Rebecca O'Flanagan, Robert Walpole
  • Screenplay: John Butler
  • Cinematographers: Cathal Watters
  • Editors: John O'Connor
  • Music: John McPhillips
  • Filmography: The Bachelor Weekend (2013); Your Bad Self (2010)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • International Sales: Radiant Films International