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’


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


Trailer: Twice Shy


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


Tom Ryan Wins Best Young Director @ Irish Film Festival Australia

Tom Twice Shy


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.”


Writer/Director Tom Ryan on ‘Twice Shy’

Ardal & Shane

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.

Shane Iseult Airpot June (1)

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





‘Twice Shy’ Near Completion

Shane Ardal Shot JPEG

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.





‘Twice Shy’ Tackles Topical Issue of Abortion

Iseult Casey Press Photo


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.”





‘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.










Chris Lavery checks out Tom Ryan’s low-budget debut feature Trampoline, which is set to screen in Cork on Thursday, 12th June 2014 at the Beggarman.


Directed by first-time writer-director Tom Ryan, Trampoline follows the story of directionless Angie (Spratt), who returns home to Tipperary from London to reconnect with her family and friends. After securing a teaching job in her local school, taking after her retired teacher mum (Walshe), Angie begins to settle back into life at home. But she soon finds her old life isn’t as easy to readjust to as she first thought.


Filmed for less than €1,000, Trampoline started life as a debut feature of modest ambitions, but since its Irish premiere at last October’s IndieCork Film Festival, Trampoline hasn’t gone unnoticed. First, Spratt was the recipient of the award for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film from the Los Angeles Indie Fest awards in November. Then came recognition from the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in New York a few weeks later when Trampoline won Best Narrative Feature. This then culminated in a limited theatrical release in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, the town in which the film is set.


Given Ryan’s background as an understudy to Andrij Parekh – cinematographer for films such as Half Nelson and Blue Valentine – and his experience working as a camera trainee on films such as Steve McQueen’s Shame, it’s clear he was paying attention, with Half Nelson particularly being an influence here. What strikes you initially about Trampoline is its visual aesthetic. Together with his director of photography, Cian Moynan, Ryan shows an adept skill at capturing beautiful exterior scenes of Dublin as well as atmospheric settings for Angie’s social life around Nenagh.


The juxtaposition of these colourful, vibrant shots together with the relatively mundane interiors of Angie’s home and school life, provides an additional narrative (together with the dialogue) that highlights Angie’s aimless and unsure life ambitions.


It could’ve been considered a risk, placing the fortunes of a debut feature film in the hands of a single central character, rather than an ensemble. But with Angie, Ryan has created a completely believable, fully rounded character who, despite her flaws, we are easily able to warm to.


But praise for this cannot be shared by Ryan alone. As Angie, Spratt is the heart and soul of Trampoline and delivers a superb performance. Not just in the delivery of dialogue, but also in her unspoken scenes. Most notably, a scene where she watches her absentee musician father play in the local pub is a moving scene of a young woman looking towards her future by reconciling with her past – a triumphant display despite not a single word being spoken.


Despite able support from a range of background characters (all local actors), Trampoline belongs to Spratt.


As Ryan, and producer Claire Gormley, continue to bring Trampoline to more festivals, some attention is now being turned to the team’s next project – one which will be eagerly anticipated by many given this accomplished debut.


Trampoline will be screened upstairs in the Beggarman on Gillabbey Street Cork on Thursday, 12th June at 8pm. Tickets are €5 at the door and includes free popcorn for the event.


‘Trampoline’ Secures Limited Theatrical Release


Trampoline a new Irish independent feature film has secured a limited theatrical release at the Ormond Cineplex Nenagh.

The film which has won Best Feature at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in New York and Best Leading Actress at the Indie Fest Awards in LA, will run at the Ormond Cineplex for a week beginning Friday Februrary 21st.

Set and shot in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, ‘Trampoline’ is a light hearted drama which follows a young woman named Angie (Aoife Spratt) who returns to Tipperary after finishing college and gets a job teaching at her old secondary school. While home she must reconnect with her family and friends as well as trying to figure out what her next step in life should be.

26 year old writer/ director Tom Ryan is thrilled with the news that the film will receive a cinema release in his home town. “Having Trampoline screen at the Ormond means more to me than any film festival. I got my first ever job in that cinema when I was 16, I started off checking tickets and now, ten years later I get to come back with my first feature as a writer – director. It’s an amazing achievement!”

The film was made for a budget of €1000 which was raised by local businesses in Nenagh sponsoring the film. It has already screened in festivals both at home and abroad and has scooped many major awards.

Tickets will be available soon on the Ormond Cineplex website –
More information on the film can be found at


‘Trampoline’ Wins Best Feature in NY

Best Feature


The independently produced Irish feature film ‘Trampoline has just won the Best Narrative Feature award in New York.


The small Irish drama set and shot in Tipperary has been selected as Best Feature at this years Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in Brooklyn NY.


Trampoline is a drama about a young woman who returns to her hometown in Tipperary and gets a job teaching at her old school. She soon realizes that she is not cut out to teach and must figure out the next step in her life while struggling to reconnect with her broken family.


Written and directed by 26 year old Tipperary native Tom Ryan, the film stars Wexford actor Aoife Spratt in the lead role of Angie who recently won an award for Best Leading Actress at the Indie Fest Film Festival in LA for her performance in Trampoline.


The movie was shot with a tiny but dedicated crew on a budget of less than €1000 raised by sponsorship from local businesses in Nenagh in exchange for a shot of their shopfront in the movie and a name-check in the end credits.


The film has also screened in Ireland at the Indie Cork Film Festival and the Clones Film Festival earlier this year.


Interview: Tom Ryan, director of ‘Trampoline’



Trampoline, the independent Irish feature about a woman returning home and having to readjust to the life she left behind, had its world premiere at the Indie Cork film festival last week. Glenn Caldecott bounced some ideas around with first-time writer/director Tom Ryan about the film and the challenges of independence. 


What inspired you to make Trampoline?

Trampoline was born out of a lifelong desire to be a writer/ director. After finishing college I worked within the film industry as a camera assistant for three years which was a huge learning curve for me. Working on shoots with the camera department meant I was always privy to watching how different directors interact with actors. Late last year I eventually felt confident enough to write a feature script and put it into production. I wrote the script around my production limitations. For example, I knew that it would more cost effective to shoot it in my hometown of Nenagh than it would a big city like Dublin, Cork or Galway. I was drawn to the idea of people my age who feel lost and directionless after finishing college. I have many friends in that position so that was the basis of the script. I really didn’t think that there were any Irish movies that dealt with this kind of idea so that was another reason for me to want to make it.


What considerations are there when making an independent film?

Making an independent film is a tough but extremely rewarding process. The only problem is that you don’t get any of the rewards until you have the entire project completed. Being an independent movie means that you have no safety net, no major financial support and absolutely no promise that it will ever be screened. All of this can be quite daunting but it is also an incredible learning experience. You also have to choose your cast and crew carefully, it’s an intense process and you need people that you can count on and who you trust. I was incredibly lucky with my cast and crew. Filmmaking is a collaboration and in order to get through the stress and torture that can sometimes arise from shooting you need a team of people who are all incredibly willing to support each other.


Can you talk about how the film was financed? What was the motivation behind getting local Nenagh businesses to sponsor the film?

We were unable to get any official funding of any kind so we decided to ask the local businesses in the town of Nenagh if they would help sponsor the film. In exchange for a donation they would get a mention in the credits and a shot of their shop-front in the movie. It was product placement of sorts but it worked. One of the major advantages of shooting your first film in your hometown is that there is amazing goodwill and support from everybody there so we were extremely fortunate that the local businesses were so kind to us, otherwise we really wouldn’t be where we are today with the movie.


How did you work with the DOP to get such a great looking film on a budget? 

My DOP, Cian Moynan, is one of those rare talents in the business. He has such a good eye for visuals and he is very confident when it comes to setting up shots. I found early on in the shoot that the best way to get natural performances from the actors would be to let them have free reign of the room during the scene. This way they would not have to worry about hitting marks or delivering lines certain ways as they turn to hit specific lights on set and things like that, so as a result of this Cian had to throw his shotlist out the window and improv his shots around the actors. That might sound a bit crazy but Cian was more than capable of stepping up to that challenge and he did a fantastic job. It is very important for the director to have a cinematographer that he/she can trust implicitely. We didn’t have the budget for any monitors or equipment like that so I put a lot of trust in Cian to get the right shots and he went above and beyond the call of duty for us.


What was the most valuable thing that you learnt while working as a camera assistant that you could apply to making Trampoline?

I have worked on good shoots and bad shoots throughout my years as a camera assistant and the difference between and enjoyable experience and a horrible one is all down to the way the set is run and whether or not there is a mutual respect there for everybody involved. It doesn’t matter if you are the director or the camera assistant, there should be no real hierarchy. Everybody is their to do their job and make sure that things run smoothly so that you can all get the best results for the finished film. Filmmaking is a team effort and every member of that team is essential, that was one of the most important things I learned while working as a camera assist.


The film  played last week at the IndieCork Film Festival, what’s the plan for it going forward?

Going forward we are hoping that Trampoline will have a healthy and successful festival life. We are thrilled to bits with the wonderful reactions that it has been getting so far. We would ideally love for it to get picked up by a distributor. We strongly believe that there is an audience for this kind of film in Ireland and we’re eager to get it out to more people. We are being screened as part of the Clones Film Festival on Sunday, 27th October, which is going to be a great experience. We are also in the early stages of development with our second feature so fingers crossed I’ll get all the team back and we can get cracking on the next one soon!



‘Trampoline’ World Premiere at IndieCork

Quad Clean

Trampoline, a new and exciting independent Irish feature film, will be getting its world premiere at the inaugural IndieCork film festival on 17th October.

Trampoline tells the story of a young woman named Angie who returns home after finishing college and gets a job teaching at her old school. While at home she struggles to reconnect her broken family and tries to readjust to the life she left behind and figure out the best way to move forward with her life.

Written and directed by Tom Ryan and produced by Claire Gormley, the movie is intended to speak to young people who feel lost in life after finishing college. ‘We hope that everyone who sees this film can relate to it somehow,’ says director Tom Ryan, ‘in particular people in their twenties who don’t know what to do with themselves after finishing college.’
Set and shot in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Trampoline was funded by local businesses in the town. The movie was made for less than €1000.

The film stars Aoife Spratt in the lead role of Angie and Audrey Hamilton as her best friend Kate. Trampoline features strong female leading roles and honest relatable characters. The film is highly influenced by American independent cinema. ‘I love American indie movies and I was very eager to transfer that sort of style to Irish film. I’m confident that it will appeal to audiences here who may need a break from all the gritty crime dramas that are being turned out at the moment,’ says Tom.

The film will be screened on Thursday, 17th October at the Gate Cinema in Cork city centre as part of the IndieCork Film Festival. This will be the first year of the festival which was set up by Mick Hannigan and Una Feely and promises to showcase the best in upcoming independent film. ‘IndieCork is the perfect festival for Trampoline to receive its World Premiere,’ says producer Claire Gormley. ‘We are thrilled to be getting such fantastic support and recognition from Mick, Una and all involved in the festival.’

More information on the film can be found at