Lily, a new LGBT drama written and directed by Graham Cantwell, will premiere at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh in July.
The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, she navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.
The film stars Gaiety graduate Clara Harte and introduces Dean Quinn in the leading roles of Lily and Simon respectively.
Director Graham Cantwell says, “This film is really important to me, dealing as it does with the very sensitive issue of bullying. Some of our especially vulnerable young people are members of the LGBT community, and I’m very grateful to the BeLonG To organisation for their advice and support while I was writing the script.”
Sharon Cronin, Indah Pietersz, Emma Carlsson and Ciaran Byrne produced, with Eimear Ennis Graham as Director of Photography, Sonja Mohlich as Costume Designer, Tom North as production designer, Marina Granville as Key Makeup and Hair Artist and Keith Ward as Stunt Coordinator.
The score was created by two-time Emmy-nominated composer Joseph Conlan, whom Cantwell previously collaborated with on The Callback Queen. The film also features music tracks by JD Kelleher, Peter M Smith and Hello Monroe.
Lily was executive produced by Filmbase and Film Venture, and was shot on several locations in and around Dublin.
Full details of the screening will be announced by the Galway Film Fleadh shortly.