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2 February 2021

The big sleep.

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Here's Looking at You, Kid” - 12 mins 34s

Known primarily for his work on modern classic comedy Derry Girls, director Michael Lennox tackles a twistier tale with short film 'Here's Looking at You, Kid'. The piece stars James Stockdale as Hubert J Delaney, a high school student who seems to have been transported into the present directly from a hardboiled detective novel.

Wisecracking and direct in his powder-blue suit and tie, Delaney seems set to right the wrongs of his school halls - in his capacity as a private eye, of course. What follows is a shockingly touching and visceral examination of escapism and what it means to lean on something outside yourself to cope, particularly when faced with trouble that shouldn't be your business.

Stockdale gives a magnificent central performance, and anchors the piece's moments of humour and aching sorrow in a visceral, deeply human way. This film is at once a flight of childish fantasy and a piece of very grown up magical realism, in which real-world horrors are merely the backdrop for their fictional processing. Deeply affecting viewing with surprising laughs along the way.

Director: Michael Lennox Ⓟ Ⓦ (76Ltd Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Seán Murray
Executive Producer: Richard Irwin
Cinematographer: Joel Devlin
Production Designer: John Lesley
Art Department: Ryan Tohill
Costume Design: Cathy Prior
Editor: Stephen Haren @ Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Matt Turner @ Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Steve Bond

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