DIR/WRI: Margaret Corkery • PRO: Seamus Byrne • DOP: David Grennan • ED: Mairead McIvor • DES: Mairead McIvor • CAST: Amy Kirwan, Darren Healy, Robert Donnelly
Eamon is a product of the Catalyst Project – a scheme offering new filmmakers creative control and a budget of €275,000. Its director, Cork-born Margaret Corkery, has made the most of her low budget and fashioned a black comic tale of familial dysfunction.
6-year-old Eamon (Robert Donnelly) is taken to Wicklow on holiday by his self-seeking mother, Grace (Amy Kirwan), and feckless father, Daniel (Darren Healy). Cherub-faced Eamon is a maladjusted Irish comic version of Damien in The Omen; however, the most havoc he wreaks is in on his father – compounding his sexual frustration by being the apple of his mother’s eye (when her eye is not seeking out muscle-bound beach bathers), relegating ‘daddy’ to late night acts of onanistic fiddling.
Corkery demonstrates a skilful control of both form and subject matter, as the film’s character-driven narrative explores Oedipal issues and sexual tension. The scenes are skilfully crafted and well performed as the family’s dysfunction spirals out of control. Employing carefully studied cinematography and precise dialogue, Eamon is a well-formed film that many will find a rewarding experience. And it reminds us all how lucky we were to survive those ‘summer’ holidays with our families packed away and come out at the end of them intact and somewhat sane…
Eamon is available on DVD from 19th November.
Runtime: Ireland: 86 min
Sound Mix: Dolby
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1