A new Irish short film that focuses on media representations of trans people – titled Tuesday Night– is set to screen at GAZE International LGBT Film Festival. Tuesday Night uses comedy to address the portrayal of trans people in the media and will premiere at GAZE on August 6th at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.
The 15 minute short film was produced by Irish production company Pondering Media and stars actor Sean Duggan (The Lobster) and comedian Bethany Black (Doctor Who, Banana). Black, who was the first trans woman to portray a trans woman in a leading role on UK television, plays the role of Lynne, a no-nonsense stockbroker who runs up against Frank (Duggan), a small-minded detective whose only experience of trans people is what he’s seen on TV.
From the second I read the script I could see this was the sort of thing I wanted to be involved in. It’s a piece that plays with and challenges the usual narrative around a trans character and it was so much fun to make. Every moment was a joy.
Tuesday Night director and writer Michael Healy brings his unique brand of fresh, cosmopolitan comedy to the project. Healy is one half of production company Pondering Media which was founded by his sister (executive producer and Tuesday Night co-star) Karen Healy in 2015. The brother-sister duo make film and web content, specially focusing on comedy with a strong social message.
GAZE has been a fixture of both Dublin’s LGBT and international cinema scenes for as long as I can remember, and it really is such a thrill to be able to premiere Tuesday Night there.
Michael Healy, Director
Their first short Would You Like Some Toast? was screened at festivals around the world, most notably at the BAFTA-affiliated London Short Film Festival. Their equal marriage sketches, Listen to the Experts, also attracted positive press and won Best Comedy Sketches at last year’s Dublin Web Festival.
Tuesday Night is the company’s second comedy short. GAZE marks the beginning of the film’s festival run.