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John Butler’s ‘Handsome Devil’ to stream on Netflix
05 Jul 2017 : Katie McNeice
The feel-good comedy drama starring Fionn O’Shea (The Siege of Jadotville) and Nicholas Galitzine (High Strung) as unlikely friends in an Irish boarding school will become available on the streaming giant from Thursday July 20th.

Supporting roles also showcase Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Moe Dunford (Vikings), Amy Huberman (Striking Out), Michael McElhatton (The Siege of Jadotville, Game of Thrones), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) and Hugh O’Connor (The Stag, Chocolat).

John Butler directs his own script, which was produced by Rebecca O'Flanagan and Rob Walpole for Treasure Entertainment.

‘Handsome Devil’ hits Netflix with a slew of distribution deals under its belt such as those with Breaking Glass, (whose VP Michel Repsch described the title as having captured the essence of a generation) and multi-territory deals driven by Radiant Films.

Synopsis
Ned (Fionn O’Shea), the bullied outsider, and Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a new boy and star athlete, are forced to room together at their cloistered boarding school. Conor is drafted into the senior rugby team, whose actions dominate school life and whose privilege and entitlement have made Ned’s s life to date at the school a misery. The boys take an instant and visceral dislike to each other, and Ned and Conor seem destined to remain enemies until an English teacher Mr. Sherry (Andrew Scott) begins to drill into them the value of finding one’s own voice. This lesson isn’t appreciated by everyone, though, not least the rugby coach, Pascal (Moe Dunford), who has his own agenda , and who harbours some deep suspicions about Sherry.

John Butler, Writer/Director:
“As a forty-something year old guy living in a metropolitan area and working in the arts I think it is very easy to see one’s own position and apply it incorrectly to young people. I think the battle is still being fought by every LGBT kid in the world; the world is a better place but it is not a great place and it is dis-improving I would imagine, in light of recent events…There’s still no out premiership rugby player, there’s no out premiership soccer placer which is insane and highly disproportionate. Those are not imagined barriers these people are facing.”





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