Jarlath to star with Paul Mescal

‘Drifting’, a new short film written and directed by Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, will have its world premiere at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

The film stars Paul Mescal (Normal People), Dafhyd Flynn (Michael Inside), Roscommon actor Jarlath Tivnan, Lorcan Cranitch, Simone Collins and Oisin Robbins. Electronic producer Daithí has created an original score for the film.

The 32nd Galway Film Fleadh will be an online only event due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

‘Drifting’ will be available to view from Saturday, the 11th of July at 5 pm, as part of the ‘Irish Talent: New Shorts Six’ programme and tickets for the screening will be limited to 400. Tickets are available from the Galway Film Fleadh website.

‘Drifting’ tells the story of Cian and Pat, best friends who have been joined at the hip since they were kids and have the run of their small town in the midlands. Cian is content to coast through a life of booze and casual hook-ups, while Pat has grown weary of his surroundings. The film takes place over 24 hours where Cian’s erratic behaviour pushes Pat to breaking point. The film is an exploration of the effects of emigrations and the unspoken tenderness in male friendship.

The short was filmed in Longford last year with assistance from Creative Ireland Longford and was produced by Longford natives Chris Higgins, Tomás Devaney and Jason Gaynor. The film was shot by award-winning cinematographer Simon Crowe.