The Irish Film Festival announced the Australian premiere of critically acclaimed debut feature A Bump Along the Way. The comedy will open the Festival at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington on 14 May and The Kino in Melbourne on 21 May.
The film comes to Sydney fresh off a resoundingly positive 2019 tour of the international film festival circuit. A Bump Along the Way opened the Santa Barbara International Film Festival; won Best Irish First Feature at the Galway Film Festival; received a Newcomer Citation for director Shelly Love at the British Independent Film Awards; and earned unanimous acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film features veteran Irish actress Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments, Pulp Fiction) and newcomer Lola Pettigrew as a dysfunctional mother-daughter duo. The accents may sound familiar, as it was filmed in the Northern Irish city of Derry, home of runaway success Derry Girls.
Comedic, yet sharply empathetic, A Bump Along the Way is the story of a boozy 44-year-old single mother who becomes pregnant from a one-night-stand, much to the shame of her buttoned-up teen daughter. The relationship between mother and daughter is tested as the two navigate the upheavals of pregnancy and teenage hormones. Will they come to a new understanding and appreciation of each other along the way?
Irish Film Festival director Dr Enda Murray said: ‘We are delighted to premiere A Bump Along The Way in Australia. Bronagh Gallagher has been a great ambassador for Irish film with her appearances in The Commitments and Pulp Fiction so we are really looking forward to kicking off the festival with this film”.
This year’s festival begins in Sydney with a community screening in Penrith on Wednesday 13 May, followed by the official Opening Night Gala which will take place at the Chauvel in Paddington on Thursday 14 May, preceded by the now legendary Opening Night Party. The festival runs in the Chauvel until Sunday 17 May.
The Melbourne leg of the festival takes place at the Kino Cinema in Collins Street from Thursday 21 May until Sunday 24 May.
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