Sun 16 July | 15:30 | Pálás Screen 1

2022 | Northern Ireland | 88’ | Narrative

A bitter-sweet comedy drama set in Ballywalter, Northern Ireland. Patrick Kielty is deeply touching in director Prasanna Puwanarajah’s debut feature.

Eileen (Seana Kerslake) is a caustic, unrepentant university drop-out whose dreams of a successful life in London have fallen by the wayside. Back at home with her mum, she makes ends meet by working as an unlicensed driver in her ex-boyfriend’s minicab. Shane (Patrick Kielty) has exiled himself in Ballywalter following the break-up of his marriage, but now he’s trying to get his life back on track by enrolling in a stand-up comedy course.

When Shane calls a taxi to get him to his classes, Eileen answers and a surprising connection is made. As the two spend time together shuttling back and forth, a beautiful friendship develops, leading them both to a moment of realisation. Shane reintegrates, and Eileen makes peace with herself and who she really is. Finally, she can stop running and just drive.

Ballywalter is a life-affirming story about the unexpected connections that can change the course of our lives.

Director: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Producers: James Bierman, Nik Bower
Writer: Stacey Gregg
Cast: Seána Kerslake, Patrick Kielty

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