Reefer and the Model: Preview of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh


The 26th Galway Film Fleadh (8 – 13 July, 2014)

Reefer and the Model

Fri 11th July



Reefer, Spider and Badger eke out a living on a dilapidated trawler, having renounced (provisionally, at least) their lawless past. The homeless and pregnant ‘Model’ — returning from London to kick a heroin habit — joins the crew and begins a hesitant relationship with Reefer. Inevitably the men’s complacent beliefs and faded ideals come in for reappraisal, but one last caper proves inevitable.


This sharp thriller sparks with vitality and wit, artfully playing its macho hero off against the innate authority of the pregnant Model, and discovers refreshing variations on the ‘underdogs against the world’ formula.


The film that inspired the existence of the Fleadh, Joe Comerford’s Reefer and The Model is a landmark of Irish cinema and is as resonant and relevant today as it was in 1988.


The film will be preceded by a screening of the short film Water Bag.


Director Joe Comerford and producer Lelia Doolan will attend the screening.


Director: Joe Comerford

Cast: Ian McElhinney, Carol Scanlan, Sean Lawlor, Ray McBride, Birdy Sweeney, Eve Watkinson

Script: Joe Comerford

Producer: Lelia Doolan


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