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28 May 2020

Home is where the hurt is.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Cúl an Tí (The Back Of The House)” - 16 mins 29s

At one point in Stuart Douglas’s beautifully played drama, terminally ill Nora (Stella McCusker) tells her newly-returned daughter: “Nice of you to turn up to see me die.” Needless to say, this is not a happy homecoming.

In the crosshairs is Stella (Emma Pyne, who also wrote the script) while patriarch Derry (Bosco Hogan) tries to keep it together in the background. There is, however, one notable and tragic absentee.

These grim circumstances are offset by moments of genuine warmth and humour, including a lobster dinner that defies medical advice for all the right reasons. A low-key triumph that hits home more than ever right now.

Film Production: Nice Shirt Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Stuart Douglas Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Max Brady / Richard Martin
Cinematographer: Ben Chads
Production Designer: Ned McLoughlin
Editor: Quin Williams Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Raj Sehgal / Culum Simpson Ⓦ @ Grand Central Ⓟ Ⓦ
Audio Producer: Sarah King
Written By: Emma Pyne

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