Two years ago director Tom Ryan wowed Irish and international audiences with his debut feature film Trampoline. Made for a microscopic budget, the film marked the Tipperary native as a definite one to watch. He returns in 2016 with his second feature, Twice Shy, another small and intimate story that follows a young couple who embark on a road-trip from Ireland to the UK as a result of an unplanned pregnancy.
Twice Shy stars Shane Murray Corcoran and Iseult Casey in the lead roles of Andy and Maggie. Over the course of the roadtrip, the film uses flashbacks to build up their relationship and show how they ended up making the choice to terminate the pregnancy.
[quote title=”Shane Murray Corcoran – Andy”] The story is a window into the lives of two people who just happened to find themselves in this particular situation. It was great to be a part of something that is such an important issue.[/quote]
[quote title=”Isuelt Casey – Maggie”]I was really taken with Maggie when I first read the script and found myself laughing and cringing in disbelief at how much I could relate to her. She’s a messer and is always up to mischief but ultimately she’s really just a normal girl trying to do her best.[/quote]
The film benefits from a strong supporting cast, with Ardal O’ Hanlon, Pat Shortt, and TV stars Mary Conroy (Ros na Ru?n), and Paul Ronan (Love/Hate) all featuring. Veteran stars O’Hanlon and Shortt play the main characters’ fathers, with the script being written with the two in mind.
The film is produced by London-based Fionn Greger. It was filmed in Tipperary, Dublin, and London during the summer of 2015 and the post-production is almost complete. Greger and Ryan are hoping to launch Twice Shy at the festival circuit later this year before a wider cinema release.
With the campaign for the repeal of the 8th Amendment prominent in the news and in the minds of Irish people this promises to be a very timely film.