Fionn O'Shea in Handsome Devil © Treasure Entertainment

#IrishFilm: Watch first clip from John Butler’s NewFest-bound Handsome Devil

Treasure Entertainment has released the first clip from director John Butler’s second feature film Handsome Devil. Having wowed audiences at the Toronto Internatonal Film Festival, Handsome Devil will have its US premiere at NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival on October 21st.

With his shock of red hair, proclivity for old rock songs, and general oddness, Ned is a certified outcast in his rugby-crazy, all-boy boarding school. Ned doesn’t even dislike rugby, but that doesn’t stop him from being an easy target. His mind is set on expulsion or escape, until the arrival of a new English teacher and a new roommate, a surprisingly sensitive rugby player with more than a few secrets, sets Ned on a path towards finally allowing himself to be heard.

Handsome Devil reunites Butler and Andrew Scott, who starred in The Stag, with lead roles for Moe Dunford (Vikings, Patrick’s Day) and Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones). The young cast is led by Fionn O’Shea and Nick Galitzine (one of the 2015 Screen Stars of Tomorrow), with support from Ruairi O’Connor, Jay Duffy, Mark Lavery, and Jamie Hallahan. The film also features cameo performances from Ardal O’Hanlon, Amy Huberman, Norma Sheahan, Mark Doherty, and Hugh O’Conor.

Post-production took place at Windmill Lane Pictures with The Stag editor John O’Connor. Rebecca O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole of Treasure Entertainment produce, working with Butler once again.  Key crew include DOP Cathal Watters who has shot two of Treasure’s previous projects, Dare to be Wild and Viva; production designer Ferdia Murphy, costume designer Kathy Strachan, and sound recordist Hugh Fox, all of whom worked with Butler on The Stag. Casting was by Louise Kiely.

NewFest is one of the most comprehensive forums of national and international LGBT film/video in the world. Founded in 1988 it is a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to showcasing the newest and best LGBT media for the greater New York metropolitan area.