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.