Colm is in his mid-forties, married, with two teenage children. Still grieving the death of his father, a destructive figure in his life, Colm struggles with his relationship to his own son, whilst at work a recent takeover threatens his job. Unable to share his vulnerability with his wife, Colm’s world is falling apart around him. In the midst of this crisis, Colm solicits sex from a young man called Jay. This encounter and his growing infatuation has a deep effect on Colm. He finds a comfort in Jay that no one else can provide. (Venice International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
Peter Mackie Burns: Peter Mackie Burns, born in Glasgow in 1967, studied screenwriting at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam. Burns worked in theater directing before his short film “Milk” won the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2005. His debut feature “Daphne” starring Emily Beecham premiered at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and “Rialto” premiered in the Horizons section of the Venice International Film Festival.

Film Selection: Rialto (2019) - Daphne (2017) -  Happy Birthday to Me (2014, short) - Stronger (2012, short) - Come Closer (2011, doc) - Run (2005, short) - Milk (2005, short)
European Panorama Fiction 2021
Peter Mackie Burns
Ireland / Great Britain 2019
90 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Mark O’Halloran
Cinematography Adam Scarth
Editing Tim Fulford
Sound/Sounddesign Joakim Sundström
Music Valentin Hadjadj
With Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Monica Dolan, Sophie Jo Wasson, Scott Graham, Michael Smiley
Producer(s) Alan Maher, John Wallace, Tristan Goligher, Valentina Brazzini
Cowtown Pictures, The Bureau
World Sales
The Bureau Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2019