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IFTA-nominated Irish drama Who We Love to release in cinemas on April 28th
10 Mar 2023 : News Desk
Who We Love
The fourth feature film from Dublin-born writer/director Graham Cantwell, Who We Love will release in Irish cinemas on April 28th.

The film is based on Cantwell’s acclaimed IFTA nominated short film Lily, which won numerous prizes at festivals including Galway and Dublin.

Who We Love is a coming of age and coming out film, telling the story of Lily and Simon, best friends who navigate the troubled waters of school life and explore Dublin’s vibrant and sometimes dark LGBTQ+ scene under the sharp eye of reluctant mentor Oonagh. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.  

Written by Graham Cantwell and Katie McNeice, Who We Love stars Clara Harte, Dean Quinn and Amy-Joyce Hastings, alongside Paul Ronan, Danielle Galligan, and Norma Sheahan among others. 

“Who We Love is not just an important film about sexuality,” says co-writer Katie McNiece, "but also standing up to bullying in all forms and rallying around people who are still learning to believe in themselves, no matter what stage of life they're at. This is the film I wish I had seen when I was Lily's age and it really can't be overstated how much of a lifeline positive LGBTQ+ stories are for people in the process of coming out, remembering that experience, or those learning what it means on an emotional level for their own friends and family." 

Speaking about adapting Lily into a feature length film, Graham said: “The short film was very self-contained; it had a simple structure, with the setup, conflict and resolution taking place in a very compact 20 minutes. For the feature we got to expand the world of the narrative and explore some of the other characters in more depth. We went through many drafts to get it to the point where we were happy with it, then we had a reading with a full cast of actors that sent us right back to the drawing board in many ways.” 

Who We Love will release in cinemas nationwide on April 28th.

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