A completely charming teen coming-of-age story about estranged fraternal twin sisters—one a goth metal girl, the other a sunny popular girl—home alone for their last summer together before adulthood beckons.
"Twins swap places in this sweet, empowering Irish coming-of-age story."—Variety
Despite being twins, there's nothing identical between Emma and Chantal, or so they think. Brooding Emma dreams of forming a goth-metal band with her best mate, Gary, before they leave for college in the fall. Sunny-blonde Chantal knows exactly where her life is headed, with plans to turn her lifestyle blog into a lucrative business while regularly indulging in the finer pleasures with her lunkheaded boyfriend, Alan. When their parents go away for the summer, their simmering sibling rivalry threatens to boil over as their carefully laid plans unravel. Emma strikes up a friendship—much to Gary's consternation—with new neighbor Dan, a cash-strapped, could-have-been rockstar taking care of his dementia-afflicted mother. Meanwhile, Chantal falls victim to a car accident that leaves her housebound, bored, and listless. With Emma in need of cash to rent a rehearsal space and Chantal unable to work, Emma subs in for her sister at the local ice-cream parlor. Soon, both sisters discover each other's hitherto-unknown struggles, leading each to make critical missteps that could imperil their future plans. In his feature film debut, director Hugh O'Conor crafts a charming story of friendship rediscovered at that moment when innocence turns to experience.
Hugh O'Conor was born in Dublin in 1975 and began acting when he was 8. His first film appearance was opposite Liam Neeson in Lamb (1985). The son of pianist John O'Conor, he studied at Trinity College in Dublin and received a scholarship from the NYU Film School. Metal Heart is his debut feature.
Sponsored by Aer Lingus, Diageo Americas, Inc.
- Director: Hugh O'Conor
- Principal Cast: Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara, Moe Dunford, Aaron Heffernan, Sean Doyle
- Country: Ireland
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 88 minutes
- Producer: Claire McCaughley, Robert Walpole, Rebecca O'Flanagan
- Screenplay: Paul Murray
- Cinematographers: Eoin McLoughlin
- Editors: Julian Ulrichs
- Music: John McPhilips
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Bankside Films