I am delighted and proud to announce I Used to Live Here will have a cinema release.
Written, produced and directed by Frank Berry (Ballymun Lullaby), I Used to Live Here stars Jordanne Jones, Dafhyd Flynn, James Kelly and Ross Geraghty and tells the story of Amy (Jones), a 13-year-old who is trying to come to terms with the death of her mother and who is drawn to the idea of suicide.
Winner of the Best First Feature Audience Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, I Used to Live Here will be released in cinemas on Friday April 3 2015.
Writer-director Berry said: "It is a pleasure to work with Wildcard Distribution, who have shown great enthusiasm and passion for our film.
"I Used to Live Here explores the urgent issue of suicide clusters among teenagers, and features a cast of mostly local people from the community of Killinarden in Tallaght. I'm delighted that their commitment and their remarkable talent will soon be up on the big screen for everyone to see."
Dr Tony Bates, CEO and Founding Director of Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, said: "What Frank and the community of Killinarden have achieved is remarkable, both from the point of view of film-making and from the point of view of deepening our collective understanding of why so many young people turn to suicide.
"We see how easy it is for any of us to lose our way. And, more importantly, what it takes to find our way back."
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