John Butler’s third feature, Papi Chulo, is his first filmed outside of Ireland. Cast adrift in Los Angeles, Sean — a lonely TV weatherman — drives past a middle-aged Latino migrant worker standing outside Home Depot looking for work. He decides to hire this kind-looking man — to be his friend. Sean is young, gay and white; Ernesto, portly, straight and married. Despite having nothing in common, they build a sort of friendship based on sign language, until Sean becomes consumed by a deep and obsessional attraction.
U.S. star Matt Bomer, who played the lead in USA Network’s White Collar and who won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2014 for The Normal Heart, takes the lead alongside Alejandro Patiño (The Runaways). Papi Chulo is John Butler’s third feature film, having previously written and directed The Stag and Handsome Devil, both of which premiered at TIFF. Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan produce for Treasure Entertainment, with financing by Screen Ireland, Head Gear Films, RTE and Windmill LaneWindmill Lane is world renowned for its recording studio, music video production & commercials, VFX work and audio for Film, TV and Animation. More. Head Gear Films’ Phil Hunt and Compton Ross are executive producing together with Bankside’s Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher.
Director: John Butler Producers: Rob Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan Writer: John Butler Starring: Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño, Elena Campbell-Martinez, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Michael Shepperd, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Shaughn Buchholz Composer: John McPhillips Editor: John O’Connor Cinematographer: Cathal Watters Production Design: Susannah Honey Costume Design: Joanna David Casting: Barbara J. McCarthy, Alice Merlin Production Company: Treasure Entertainment Funded by: Screen Ireland, Head Gear Films, RTE, Windmill Lane Distributor: TBC Release date: TBC Running time: TBC