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Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fionn O'Shea ... Ned Roche
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Donal Roche
Amy Huberman ... Natalie Roche
Ruairi O'Connor ... Weasel
Dick O'Leary Dick O'Leary ... Mr. Fottrell
Hugh O'Conor ... Sex Instructor
Patrick McDonnell Patrick McDonnell ... Fr. Flakey
Ian Downey Ian Downey ... Porn Bomb Thrower
Mark Doherty ... Mr Cunningham
Michael McElhatton ... Walter Curly
Andrew Scott ... Dan Sherry
Moe Dunford ... Pascal O'Keeffe
Norma Sheahan ... Lindy Masters
Nicholas Galitzine ... Conor Masters
Daniel Codd Daniel Codd ... Kennedy - Bin Boy
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Two underclassmen roommates at an all-boys boarding school eventually and unexpectedly bond, one a social outcast, the other a star rugby player. With a new English teacher challenging students to find their own voices, the boys' friendship is tested by the rugby-obsessed expectations of others after one is found to be gay. Written by statmanjeff

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Follow the crowd, or follow your heart.

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Castleknock College, Ireland

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€1,055,000 (estimated)
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Certain scenes in the film were shot in Castleknock College, an Irish rugby school in itself. See more »

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When Conor and Mr Sherry travel by train back to the school, it goes from night to morning and back to night when they arrive at the school despite it only being a short journey. See more »

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Great Irish Indie On Rugby, Boarding School and being 'different'
9 August 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Ned hates school his father has remarried and decided to send his only son off to a boarding school. It is one of those schools where sports rule and in particular – rugby. Yes the ultra macho contact sport where beef, brawn and attitude count. My school was very similar. Ned is not sport minded and as such is an outcast being sneered at for being 'gay'.

Then new boy Connor arrives under a cloud from his previous school. Only he is also a top rugger player and gets placed in the same room as Ned. The Jock and the 'gay' are not best suited and neither boy is happy. However, the two soon form a bond based on mutual interests but it soon becomes apparent that the natural order of things is only allowed to be in flux for so long before the forces, that be, must exert themselves and return everything to its proper place.

Now this is a film supported by The Irish Film Board and has a cast peppered with talent including Ardal O'Hanlon, Moe Dunford ('Vikings') and Amy Huberman ('Moone Boy') and everyone puts in good performances. It can be light hearted and lack in character development in places, but it is a well rounded drama which focuses on those that we chose to exclude and how that fear of revulsion changes a person – and not always for the better. It is a scenario that is familiar to many and not one that any of us ought to be proud of for taking part in. It is also a ruddy good watch with perfect timing and drama to keep you hooked till the credits roll – easily recommended.


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