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.

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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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Starting a Conversation: Twice Shy

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Sarah Griffin examines how Tom Ryan’s feature Twice Shy explores and humanises abortion.

A thoroughly Irish movie, about a thoroughly Irish subject, Twice Shy has – despite not getting general release – been gaining considerable traction.  The second feature from writer/director Tom Ryan, working closely with producer Fionn Greger, it tells the story of Andy (Shane Murray-Corcoran) and Maggie (Iseult Casey), two young people setting out on a relationship, and what happens when the world intervenes.  “The story for Twice Shy came about from my desire to tell a love story”, says Tom. “I also wanted to make something with a bit more complexity than my debut film, Trampoline.  I’m attracted to character dramas, and I thought that a young romance put to the test by an unplanned pregnancy would be an engaging story with a lot of room for character development.”  Abortion is, of course, a pivotal topic right now for women throughout Ireland – as evidenced by the recent turnout for the 5th Annual March for Choice in Dublin, the visibility of t-shirts and jumpers announcing support, and a very real discussion on this central issue beginning to emerge in the media.

 

Twice Shy also does what cinema, with all its arts, does best – humanise what is often thought of in the abstract, and gives us two characters we can get to know intimately as we watch them traverse the obstacles of tough decisions.  Tom Ryan agrees that this is an important point, in terms of what the story brings to the screen, and vice-versa.  “Cinema is an ideal medium to humanise and explore topical issues that may be perceived as controversial.  The characters of Andy and Maggie allowed us to bring balance and context to what is often a polemical debate.  This is an issue that is very rarely approached with such sensitivity in Irish film, so it felt important to the whole cast and crew to tell this story and do it justice.”  There’s no denying that the issue of abortion is still a divisive one, in a country that exports the problem on a daily basis to England and beyond, but it is also an ever-present one.  By opening up this dialogue, films like this give us the opportunity to bring it into our daily conversation, and really get to grips with what can be a taboo subject.  “It also allows us to humanise the issue of abortion and portray it in a sensitive light”, Tom continues.  “Usually in the media, this issue gets brought up in the form of a debate.  One of the goals with Twice Shy was to tell the story of our two lead characters… and through their relationship we could portray the issue of abortion in what is hopefully a relatable and sensitive way.”

 

The lead characters, Maggie and Andy, are from a small town in Tipperary, and move to Dublin to go to college – as so many do.  They forge their relationship in comforting and familiar rural surroundings, and bring it to the city, where the distractions of growing up and growing apart are all entwined in the adult experiences they are seeking.  They are anchored by strong father figures – played, with suitable gravity and magnetism, by Ardal O’Hanlon (Andy’s father) and Pat Shortt (Maggie’s).  Both represent linchpins of our rural culture – family men, who struggle to identify with the younger generation and with their own place in the world, but forge ahead as best they can.  Love, regret and abortion are not the only heavy-hitting issues dealt with in the film, as depression and loneliness are given the space they deserve in this deeply human portrayal of everyday life.  Tom acknowledges the strong role these characters played in centring the film; “Having actors of Ardal O’ Hanlon and Pat Shortt’s talents and stature attached to the film was a massive boost, especially to an independent production like this.  It was really a dream come true for the cast and crew to be working alongside Ardal and Pat.  My producer Fionn and I were very lucky to get them on board at an early stage in the production.”  Both actors seamlessly support the main characters, young lovers on an unknown path, and give the film an emotional depth heightened by the very real, and often quite specifically rural, issues at play.

 

Not to be outshone, Iseult and Shane’s performances and natural chemistry hold the film’s focus determinedly on their relationship, and the complex decisions that very recognisably make up any joining of two personalities.  There is so much to enjoy in this short, but deep, production, yet, as a film that’s gaining plaudits – including a recent Rising Star win for both Tom Ryan and Iseult Casey at Irish Screen America – and portraying such a distinctively Irish world, it has not yet been given a general release.  Twice Shy does not try to give a definitive stance on the abortion debate, choosing instead to simply start a conversation, and encourage viewers to join in.  However, abortion is still a strong story element of a strong love story, and cannot be dismissed.  While it might seem an unusual choice to include such a controversial topic in an everyday relationship, it is a stark reality faced by over ten women a day in this country.  Twice Shy shines a light on a darkened corner of our collective truth, and reminds us that though the reasons for travelling may be as varied as the reasons for falling in and out of love, the journey remains the same.

 

Twice Shy has screened this year at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Indie Cork Festival. 

 

 

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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.

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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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Indie Film ‘Twice Shy’ To Premiere At Galway Film Fleadh 2016

 

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Twice Shy, an independent Irish film that tackles the topical subject of abortion, will screen at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016. The film features top Irish talent such as Ardal O’ Hanlon and Pat Shortt.

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).

Director Tom Ryan wrote the story for Twice Shy in the hopes of reflecting a modern Ireland and addressing some topical issues in a sensitive light. It is his second film since his impressive micro budget debut film Trampoline.

Tom teamed up with producer Fionn Greger after the two met and worked together in London. Twice Shy was filmed over the summer of 2015 in Tipperary, Dublin and London.

The film features an array of songs from talent such as Ash, Gavin Jones, Republic of Loose, Molly Sterling, Natasha Slater and The Corrs. The original score for the film was composed and arranged by Patrizio Knight. The film’s mix is being finished and mastered in London by Soho Square Studios.

Twice Shy will play at the Galway Film Fleadh on Friday July 8th at 6.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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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