Tuesday 21 November 2017

WATCH: Everyone is talking about this short Irish film about a teen mother

'I'll never catcall, I'll treat and respect and help create an Ireland that will stand in awe of all mná'

Emmet Kirwan in Heartbreak
Emmet Kirwan in Heartbreak
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

In just seven minutes the team behind Heartbreak have managed to get a powerful message across to Irish viewers.

Heartbreak is a short film from actor and writer Emmet Kirwan and director Dave Tynan, which also stars Jordanne Jones (Rebellion, I Used to Live Here) and Deirdre Molloy (Adam and Paul, Happy Ever Afters)

It documents life for a teenage mother in Ireland and the attitudes people have towards her.

It's created a huge buzz on social media and has been shared more than 8,000 times with people heaping praise on the powerful depiction of a young girl trying to find her way in the world.

Kirwan initially performed the spoken-word piece at the mental health conference, Tallaght Talks, back in December.

Heartbreak was commissioned by Irish theatre company ThisisPopBaby and featured at RIOT Dublin. It was also the winner of best production at Dublin Fringe 2016.

Speaking about seeing it for the first time, Director Dave Tynan said: "I’d worked with Emmet previously but was blown away by his writing and performance of Heartbreak.

“Everyone in that tent felt the power of it and it’s been a privilege to turn it into a film and bring it to a wider audience.”

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