Galway Filmmaker Linda Bhreathnach Wins Irish Screen America’s Rising Star Award

Adulting actress and writer, Linda Bhreathnach, out in Connemara, which features in the film short written by Linda Bhreathnach. The short will screen as part of the 28th Galway Film Fleadh.

Adulting written and co-directed by Linda Bhreathnach has been selected to screen at the Irish Screen America Film Festivals in New York and Los Angeles and The San Francisco Irish Film Festival.

Galway filmmaker Linda Bhreathnach as the winner of this year’s prestigious Rising Star Award for a short filmmaker for her film Adulting which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Irish Screen America Film Festival in Los Angeles which runs from September 22 to 25.

Adulting will also be screened during the Irish Screen America Festival in New York (Sep 30 – Oct 02) and during the San Francisco Irish Film Festival (Sep 22 – 24).

“After carefully watching everything we screen for the festival we’ve selected six Irish talents we are proud to showcase in our programme, talents we want to support, thank and promote for their hard work in their field,” said Eibh Collins, Manager of Irish Screen America, on behalf of the judging committee. “Linda was selected for the clearly vital roles she had in making Adulting the fantastic short that it is,” she continued.

Written and produced by Linda Bhreathnach and co-directed with Justin Davey, Adulting has been very well-received.  Ferdia Mac Anna (Last of the High Kings, BAFTA winner) says the film is ‘quirky, insightful and unique’. Writing in The Irish Times, Pól Ó Muirí described it as ‘a poem of a film.’

“I wanted to write something that was contemporary and that represented modern Irish women in a way that felt realistic and authentic to me,” says Linda.

Adulting explores the pressures of social media and modern life; the pressure to travel, have the ‘Perfect’ life and be ‘Happy’. It examines the anxiety that vast amounts of choice can create in contemporary life.

The cast includes Linda Bhreathnach (Ros na Rún, Corp agus Anam), Carrie Crowley (Vikings, Fair City), Paraic Breathnach (Jack Taylor, Breakfast on Pluto), Emma Eliza Regan (Jack Taylor, Darkness on the Edge of Town), Sean T. Ó Meallaigh (Vikings, Klondike), and James Riordan (Lipsinkers), amongst many other fine actors.

Adulting was shot in Galway City and Connemara and mixes the old traditions such as working the bog with new cultural activities like Facebook, Tinder and the all-encompassing presence of social media.

Cinematography is by Justin Davey. Director of photography, Lakshike Serasinhe. The music for the film was kindly given by Alana Henderson (Saturday Night Live, Coachella).

Irish Screen America Festivals 2016


Los Angeles Sep. 22 – 25

Adulting will screen during the Irish Shorts Program: ‘New Irish Short Films from Ireland’, at 4.00 p.m. (PST), Sunday, September 25.

Venue: Laemmle NOHO Theater, 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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New York Sep. 30 – Oct. 2

Adulting will screen during the Irish Shorts Program from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Venue: NYU’s Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center – 36 East 8th Street New York, New York 10003.

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San Francisco Irish Film Festival


Adulting will screen during the Short Stories Tall Tales program at the 13th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival which runs from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (PST) on Friday, September 22, 2016.

Venue: Delancy St. Screening Rooms, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 94107

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