Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett examines life in urban Ireland in his gritty drama ‘Glassland’.
The 27-year old’s second movie stars Irish actor Jack Reynor as John, a young taxi driver who becomes entangled in the criminal underworld in a desperate bid to unite his broken family and save his mother from addiction.
“I come from rural Ireland,” says Barrett. “I moved to urban Ireland, Dublin, a couple of years ago and I just noticed a lot of young people parenting their parents, in a sense, and I noticed a lot of addiction going on around me. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of addiction in rural Ireland also but you wouldn’t have the volume that you have obviously in a city of a million people plus, and so I just wanted to shine a light on it,” he adds.
Co-starring award-winning actress Toni Collette, the film was shot in just 18 days on a budget of less than half a million euros. Selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, it won Reynor an acting prize.
He says elements of the story hit close to home: “I love my mum an awful lot and she loves me an awful lot, too, and we have a good relationship. But when I was a kid especially, when she was my age, it was very intense. So, you know, I could understand and relate to all those things and I just felt that it was a really important story to tell and something that people would potentially take a lot from.”
‘Glassland’ is out now in the UK and Ireland.