It’s been a hard road for The Comeback, the last Filmbase Masters feature film which was completed with the help of Dublin Business School following the closure of the Filmbase in March. Good news then as the film will premiere at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh, screening on the closing night of the festival, Sunday, July 15th.

His chart-topping superstardom a fading memory from the nineties, Matt Malone is more likely to be found playing dodgy gigs in dingy bars these days. Until a recording studio meltdown captured on video goes viral, that is.

Matt’s record company decide it’s time to cash in by resurrecting his career – with zero regard for any remaining artistic or personal integrity. A personal trainer-cum-spiritual healer (Tara Flynn) is assigned to whip him back into shape. Anything to help them satisfy the media’s appetite for continued scandal.

A visit from his estranged daughter forces Matt to make the ultimate choice though. What’s more important to him, fame or family?

DBS (formerly Filmbase) Masters students present a tongue-in-cheek but occasionally poignant look at Matt’s decisions and how they affect those around him. Dublin features prominently in the story, as does music – from rock to rap and nineties nostalgia to bang up-to-date sounds.

The Comeback stars Robert Arkins (The Commitments), Tara Flynn (The Cured), Clodagh Mooney-Duggan, Michael David McKernan,, Morgan C Jones (The Guarantee), Steve Hartland (Into The Badlands), and Karen Kelly.

It is produced by Tracy Martin, David O’Neill, Paddy Scahill and John Gleeson, and is directed by Shane Conaty, Elaine Gallagher, and James O’Connor. It is written by Eamonn Norris and Fred O’Connor.

Tickets for the premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh are available now.