Irish Film ‘Handsome Devil’ Comes To Netflix 20 July

Handsome Devil, the critically acclaimed Irish comedy-drama, produced by Treasure Entertainment and directed by John Butler, will available to stream on Netflix from 20 July.   

Handsome Devil stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock & The Stag), Fionn O’Shea (The Siege of Jadotville), Nicholas Galitzine (High Strung), Moe Dunford (Vikings, Game of Thrones), Amy Huberman (Striking Out, The Stag), Michael McElhatton (The Siege of Jadotville, Game of Thrones), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) and Hugh O’Connor (The Stag, Chocolat).

Ned (Fionn O’Shea),  the  bullied  outsider,  and  Conor (Nicholas Galitzine),  a  new  boy  and  star  athlete,  are forced  to  room  together  at  their  cloistered  boarding  school.  Conor  is drafted into the senior rugby team, whose actions dominate school life and whose privilege and entitlement have made Ned’s s life to date at the school a  misery.

The  boys  take  an  instant  and  visceral  dislike  to  each  other,  and Ned  and  Conor  seem  destined  to  remain  enemies,  until  an  English  teacher, Mr. Sherry (Andrew Scott) begins to drill into them the value of finding one’s own voice. This lesson isn’t appreciated by everyone, though, not least the rugby  coach,  Pascal  (Moe  Dunford),  who  has  his  own  agenda , and  who harbours some deep suspicions about Sherry.

Handsome   Devil   is   a   classroom   drama,   following   in   the   American cinematic  tradition  of Dead  Poet’s Society, School Ties, Pretty  in  Pink, and Election. But  this  film  is  no  exercise  in  nostalgia.  The  story here  of claiming one’s own identity is totally modern, one in which the children also have  something  to  teach  the  adults.

The  most  important  lesson?  Despite what  everyone  tells  you,  sometimes  you  shouldn’t pick  a  side  –  sometimes being yourself means being a little bit of everything.

Streaming on Netflix from July 20.

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