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Dating Amber

Director: David Freyne Run Time: 92 min. Rating: NR

Starring: Fionn O'Shea, Lola Petticrew, Sharon Horgan

Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Samuel Goldwyn.

“Finally…a romantic comedy in which the gay best friends are the leads”

– Guy Lodges, Variety

About the film:

Screened as part of Toronto’s annual LGBTQ+ showcase, the Inside Out Film and Video Festival. The film received funding and production support from Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Set in Ireland during the mid-90’s, only a few short years after the country legalized same-sex relationships, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. A poignant, honest and funny look at the highs and lows of teenage life.

From writer and director David Freyne: 

Dating Amber is as personal a film as I will ever make. It’s my love letter to my home and for all those kids who needed to escape to be themselves.”

About the filmmaker:

Whether it’s a coming-of-age tale or a genre film, David Freyne is developing a name for himself as a filmmaker capable of crafting gripping narratives from real-life issues plaguing the socio-political landscape worldwide. This is the second feature film for Freyne, whose short films include The Tree (2013) and The First Wave (2014), which won the Best Story Pitch award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Freyne further developed his award-winning short into the feature film The Cured (2017) with support from the Irish Film Board. The zombie drama premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened exclusively in Columbus at the Center.

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