Handsome Devil is a terrific coming-of-age, coming-out charmer that marks a significant step up for John Butler, the writer/director of The Stag' and features a cast of supremely talented young actors. Fionn O’Shea is a complete delight as gawky, 16 year-old Ned, a bright, artistic lad who faces his own hell on earth when he is sent to an all-boys Irish boarding school where the manly pursuit of rugby is virtually a religion. He steels himself for the loneliness, ridicule and constant insinuations about his sexuality. Everything changes with the arrival of his new roommate Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a star player in the rugby team, and inspirational English teacher Dan Sherry (Andrew Scott). Ned and Conor bond over a mutual appreciation of cool music and an unlikely friendship blossoms; one that faces unbearable pressures from a school grimly attached to its narrow macho values. A breezy, often hilarious tale that gains emotional depth as it delivers an irresistible message: everyone, straight or gay, has the power to make the world a better place by simply being true to themselves.

Handsome Devil (15)

Director: John Butler
Starring: Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Moe Dunford, Andrew Scott

UK Release:  Friday 28th April 2017

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