#IrishFilm: Graham Cantwell’s short Lily to premiere at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh, June 9th

Lily, a new LGBT drama written and directed by Graham Cantwell will have its world premiere at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh this coming July.

The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, she navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.

The film stars Gaiety graduate Clara Harte and introduces Dean Quinn in the leading roles of Lily and Simon respectively. Amy-Joyce Hastings (The Callback Queen), Paul Ronan (Veronica Guerin), Aisling O’Neill (Fair City), and Lynette Callaghan (The Yank) come together as the supporting cast, alongside newcomers Leah McNamara and Hallie Ridgeway.


Writer and director, Graham Cantwell is known for directing feature film Anton which was nominated for three Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009. His directorial debut A Dublin Story was shortlisted for Academy Award Nomination in 2004 having picked up several film festival awards. In 2014 he coauthored the screenplay for Filmbase feature Poison Pen along with Eoin Colfer. Most recently he wrote and directed a romantic comedy set in the London film industry, The Callback Queen , which was released in the UK and Ireland in 2015 and picked up two IFTA nominations at the 2016 Awards in April.

Speaking on the film director Graham Cantwell said:

This film is really important to me, dealing as it does with the very sensitive issue of bullying. Some of our especially vulnerable young people are members of the LGBT community, and I’m very grateful to the BeLonG To organisation for their advice and support while I was writing the script.

Sharon Cronin, Indah Pietersz, Emma Carlsson and Ciaran Byrne produced, with Eimear Ennis Graham as Director of Photography, Sonja Mohlich as Costume Designer, Tom North as production designer, Marina Granville as Key Makeup and Hair Artist and Keith Ward as Stunt Coordinator.

The score was created by two time Emmy nominated composer Joseph Conlan, whom Cantwell previously collaborated with on The Callback Queen. The film also features music tracks by JD Kelleher, Peter M Smith and Hello Monroe.

Lily was executive produced by Filmbase and Film Venture, and was shot on several locations in and around Dublin. More information can be found on the film’s Facebook page.

The 28th Galway Film Fleadh runs July 5th to 10th.

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