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Film of the week: Gay coming-of-age Irish drama Dating Amber is straight up hilarious

David Freyne's story about a teen struggling with his sexuality in 90s Ireland is a touching, salty and extremely funny film, writes Paul Whitington

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Eddie (Fionn O’Shea), who’s gay, starts dating Amber (Lola Petticrew) in an attempt to fit in with society in 90s Ireland

Eddie (Fionn O’Shea), who’s gay, starts dating Amber (Lola Petticrew) in an attempt to fit in with society in 90s Ireland

Eddie (Fionn O’Shea), who’s gay, starts dating Amber (Lola Petticrew) in an attempt to fit in with society in 90s Ireland

Believe it or not, same-sex relationships were only decriminalised here in 1993. Not everyone was happy about that shunt towards enlightenment, but Máire Geoghegan-Quinn's reform was only half the battle: virulent prejudice remained and it would take decades before Irish gay people finally began to feel accepted in their own country.

Most films about gay experience tend to focus on the suffering, the misery, the painful struggle for self-fulfilment, but David Freyne's new coming-of-age saga approaches the subject through humour.


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