Irish Film Review: Twice Shy

 

DIR/WRI: Tom Ryan • PRO: Fionn Greger • DOP: Kevin Minogue • ED: Matthew Supersad • DES: Damian Draven • MUS: Patrizio Knight • CAST: Iseult Casey, Shane Murray-Corcoran

Twice Shy tells the story of Maggie (Iseult Casey) and Andy (Shane Murray-Corcoran), a young Irish couple en route to London as a result of an unplanned pregnancy. Funny and sad, this is the filmic stamp of a current socio-political zeitgeist. With mounting tensions over Ireland’s eighth amendment – a hyper-restrictive law which equates the life of the unborn with the life of the mother; a law which has been condemned as inhumane by the UN – this film speaks to the very real experience of countless women across the country. With at least twelve women flying from Ireland to Britain for an abortion every day, Twice Shy exemplifies what has unfortunately become normal place, with women having to leave their own country in search of paramount medical procedures. The film also speaks to the residual shame and secrecy clinging to unplanned pregnancies and abortions in this country, highlighting the longevity of patriarchal conditioning and the reach of the catholic church.

Told via the framing narrative of the car journey to the airport, the film dips back in time to the couple’s life together, from their first kiss, to college, to their breakup and Maggie’s crisis. The segments in the car are tense, with Andy stoically burdened and Maggie trying to hold it together through humour. Andy’s authoritative attempts to police Maggie’s reaction also set the slightly unfortunate tone for the film, as Twice Shy toes the dangerous path of centring a male character in a story about the restrictions placed on female bodily autonomy.

Throughout the film, aching images of Maggie wrestling with shame and silence and attempting to sooth herself are undercut by the return to Andy, to allow his emotional state to validate the events. This viewpoint is acknowledged sporadically; in one instance Andy snaps “I’m supporting you, aren’t I?” while Maggie coolly replies “are you?”, expressing that for Andy at that moment the most important person to support is himself.

In this vein, Andy’s character becomes the manifestation of repressed emotion, and his inability to explicitly address what has hurt him results in the cold treatment of the people who love him the most. His discomfort over his father’s suicide attempt leads Andy to treating him with kid gloves while ducking out of any situation where his father tries to raise the topic seriously. This discomfort results in Andy keeping his home life secret from Maggie, yet he constantly uses her ignorance on the topic against her. His harmful tendency to weaponise the things he has kept from her is what causes them to break up, and indicates that he would be better off approaching the things that scare him head on.

Despite this, this film is exceedingly poignant in its depiction of Maggie, from her timid talk with her sister to her decision to travel, and these scenes are made all the more painfully tender by the understanding that for many women this is reality. For me, the stand-out moment of Twice Shy is Maggie getting ready the morning she is to attend the clinic. Bare faced and exhausted, we watch as she starts to apply her makeup in the mirror of the tiny bathroom. The framing is very tight, everything is very close, and there is nowhere else to look as she slowly cracks and begins to cry. The experience is raw; throughout the film she is – as many women are – expected to be controlled and reserved, to accept her situation in silence and recognise the strain it has caused. So watching Maggie cry is perhaps the most important and meaningful moment in the film, as is the way she calms herself down and folds her heavy emotions small, in the ritual of pretending everything is fine even though it is not. It is then important that we stay with her, from the click of the closing hotel door, to the bus journey through dappled sunlight, to the moment a nurse appears, and her name is finally called.

Sadhbh Ni Bhroin

76 minutes
16 (See IFCO for details)

Twice Shy is released 23rd June 2017

 

 

 

 

Tom Ryan, Writer / Director of ‘Twice Shy’

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Tom Ryan, Writer / Director of ‘Twice Shy’

 

Gemma Creagh met Tom Ryan to talk about his film Twice Shy, which is released in cinemas 23rd June 2017. 

Twice Shy, is a modern, coming-of-age drama that revolves around a young, unmarried couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London, as the result of an unplanned pregnancy. The film charts the ups and downs of their relationship by juxtaposing their dramatic journey with flashbacks to happier times in their romance. 

The film stars Shane Murray-Corcoran and Iseult Casey in the lead roles and features support from a stellar cast including Ardal O’ Hanlon (After Hours, Fr. Ted), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage), Mary Conroy (Ros na Run) and Paul Ronan (Love / Hate).

 

 

 

 

Irish Film Review: Twice Shy

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Trailer: Twice Shy

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Twice Shy, the coming-of-age-drama written and directed by Tom Ryan will be released on Friday 23rd June.  The news comes ahead of the Marche du Film screenings of the film at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Featuring Ardal O’Hanlon (Handsome Devil) and Pat Shortt (Garage), the award-winning Twice Shy follows the story of a young, unmarried couple played by Shane Murray-Corcoran and Iseult Casey, who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London as the result of an unplanned pregnancy. The film charts the ups and downs of their relationship by juxtaposing their dramatic journey to the abortion clinic with flashbacks to happier times in their romance.

The film boasts a soundtrack with some of Ireland’s top musical talents including Ash, Gavin James, Republic of Loose and The Corrs.  Produced by Fionn Greger who works at Amazon in London, it was filmed in Tipperary, Dublin, and London and has been screening at numerous film festivals across the globe since its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh last year.

It will screen at the Marche du Film at the Cannes Film Festival this Thursday and Saturdayand will be released in Ireland on Friday 23rd June.

 

Starting a Conversation: Twice Shy

 

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Tom Ryan Wins Best Young Director @ Irish Film Festival Australia

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Filmmaker Tom Ryan has won the award for Best Young Director at this years Irish Film Festival Australia for his current feature film Twice Shy.

 

Twice Shy follows the story of young Irish couple as they embark on a road trip from Ireland to the UK as a result of an unplanned pregnancy. The film stars Shane Murray-Corcoran and Iseult Casey in the lead roles of Andy and Maggie, with support from A-List Irish actors Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt, and was produced by Fionn Greger.

 

Twice Shy is the 2nd feature film from the 30 year old Tipperary writer/ director following on from the success of his award winning debut movie Trampoline,  which is available to stream on Amazon.

 

The film screened as part of the Irish Film Festival Australia in Sydney on Sunday April 2nd. On winning the award Ryan said “It’s such a thrill to win an award like this. There was some fantastic competition at the festival so it’s a huge privilege to be this year’s recipient and it’s great to see that the film, with such an important message, is making an impact on audiences worldwide.”

 

The film’s producer Fionn Greger added “It’s a fantastic achievement for Tom to win this award and it’s a credit to him as the director of the film. I hope this continues to progress the film as we now prepare for our next screening, which will be at the marche in Cannes in May.”

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Writer/Director Tom Ryan on ‘Twice Shy’

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Twice Shy, is a modern, coming-of-age drama that revolves around a young, unmarried couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London, as the result of an unplanned pregnancy. The film charts the ups and downs of their relationship by juxtaposing their dramatic journey with flashbacks to happier times in their romance. 

The film stars Shane Murray-Corcoran and Iseult Casey in the lead roles and features support from a stellar cast including Ardal O’ Hanlon (After Hours, Fr. Ted), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage), Mary Conroy (Ros na Run) and Paul Ronan (Love / Hate).

Film Ireland asked writer/director Tom Ryan about his second feature, which premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh

 

The idea for Twice Shy came about after I finished work on my debut feature Trampoline. Trampoline was a low-key film about trying to deal with a career that isn’t suited for you and life in a small town, I wanted to make sure that my second feature wasn’t going to repeat any of that. I also wanted it to be bigger in scope and have something more important to say. The idea of writing about a young romance that was suddenly impacted by an unplanned pregnancy really gripped me. I thought it could be engaging and complex while also having the balance of being sincere and compassionate. The trip from Ireland to London opened up the scope of the movie. We also integrate flashbacks as to how our two lead characters of Andy and Maggie met and fell in love to offer some lightness and counter balance the drama of their road trip to the UK.

I view the film as a love story first and foremost. The abortion is a means to test these two characters and see if their relationship can survive something like this. Film is a great medium to tell a story with such an important and topical issue like this. Abortion is such a divisive issue and addressing in a movie is a responsibility we didn’t take lightly. It is our aim to portray it in a sensitive, non-judgmental manner.

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I was incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful cast involved in this movie. Iseult Casey and Shane Murray Corcoran (pictured above) are terrific in the lead roles of Maggie and Andy and have such great chemistry on screen. Having actors like Ardal O’ Hanlon and Pat Shortt in supporting roles was a massive boost for us. For an indie movie to have a cast like this and a soundtrack that features Gavin James (pictured below), Ash, The Corrs and Molly Sterling is incredible. Setting out to make this film, I could never have dreamed we would be as lucky as we have been in getting all of these talented people together.

Gavin James

 

Having Fionn Greger on board the project as producer was also a huge help. He has been incredibly supportive of the movie throughout its production and always had my back when the going got tough. Our entire crew went above and beyond the call of duty for this movie and I can’t thank them enough. I’m also very grateful to the Film Fleadh for premiering Twice Shy. It’s a wonderful and prestigious festival. The fact that the film was the first of this year’s programme to sell out is extremely rewarding. I’m very excited and anxious to see how people will respond.

 

 

 

Twice Shy screens at the Town Hall Theatre on Friday, 8th July at 18.30

Director Tom Ryan and cast members Shane Murray Corcoran and Iseult Casey will attend.

Take a look at our preview of all the Irish films ascreening at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh

The 28th Galway Film Fleadh runs 5 – 10 July 2016

 

 

 

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‘Twice Shy’ Near Completion

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Ardal O’Hanlon and Shane Murray Corcoran

 

Twice Shy, an independent Irish movie, that tackles the topical subject of abortion, is near completion, after less than a year in production. The film features top Irish talent such as Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt.

Twice Shy is a modern coming-of-age drama, that centres around a young couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London. The young, unmarried couple is played by Shane Murray Corcoran (King Arthur, Angelas Ashes) and Iseult Casey, who makes her debut on the big screen. They take the trip as the result of an unplanned pregnancy and have some life changing decisions to make. The film portrays their journey, through the ups and downs of their relationship, and features support from a stellar cast including Ardal O’ Hanlon (After Hours, Fr. Ted), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage), Mary Conroy (Ros na Run) and Paul Ronan (Love/Hate).

Director Tom Ryan says, “Although it’s fundamentally a story about young love, Twice Shy explores how leaving home to have an abortion overseas can affect a relationship. We hope to do this in a relevant non-judgemental manner.”

The film is expected to be completed this Christmas, with the aim that it would be launched at a film festival in the spring, followed by a general release in cinemas and later online.

 

 

 

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‘Twice Shy’ Tackles Topical Issue of Abortion

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Twice Shy, an independent Irish feature film, has wrapped principal photography after a summer of filming in Ireland and the UK with a host of Irish talent.

The film is a modern coming-of-age drama about a young woman named Maggie (Iseult Casey) who sets off on a road-trip from Ireland to London with her boyfriend Andy (Shane Murray-Corcoran) in order to have an abortion. The film portrays their journey, through the ups and downs of their relationship, in a romantic drama.

Twice Shy is writer / director Tom Ryan’s second feature following the success of his debut film Trampoline. The film is produced by London-based producer Fionn Greger.

The film also features support from a stellar cast including Ardal O’ Hanlon, Pat Shortt, Mary Conroy and Paul Ronan.

Director Tom Ryan says about the film that “We want to show how an unplanned pregnancy can affect both parties in a relationship and we want to do it in a way that isn’t too grim or heavy for an audience, while still giving it the weight that it needs. It’s a very important topic and one which is the source of much debate in Ireland. We are hoping that the film will go some way to showing the issue in a new light.”

 

 

 

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‘Twice Shy’ Set For Production

Roger Kenny Photography Head Shots www.rogerkenny.ieShane Murrary Corcoran and Iseult Casey

 

Director Tom Ryan’s second feature Twice Shy goes into principal photography on June 15th 2015, with filming set for locations in Ireland and the UK.

Twice Shy is a modern coming-of age-drama, that centres around a young couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London as the result of an unplanned pregnancy.

Twice Shy will be director Tom Ryan’s second feature, which he makes after the success of his award-winning debut film Trampoline. Tom has teamed up with London-based TV producer Fionn Greger to produce it. The two first worked together in London on short films and TV commercials.

Shane Murray Corcoran (King Arthur, Angelas Ashes) will play the lead character of ‘Andy O Meara’, who’s girlfriend, ‘Maggie Collins’, played by rising star Iseult Casey, surprises him with the news that she is unexpectedly pregnant. The young unmarried couple from Tipperary have some life changing decisions to make and the film portrays their journey, through the ups and downs of their relationship, in a light-hearted drama. They will be joined by a heavy weight supporting cast, details to follow shortly.

Twice Shy is an independent Irish feature film and will hit the festival circuit in Spring 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

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