Redemption of a Rogue
DIRECTED BY: Philip Doherty
SCREENPLAY BY: Philip Doherty
STARRING: Aaron Monaghan, Aisling O'Mara, Kieran Roche, Pat McCabe Shane Connaughton, Hugh O'Brien, Liz Fitzgibbon, Charlie Bonner, Lorna Quinn and Evan McGahern
RUN TIME: 95 minutes
- Winner of Best Irish Film and Best Irish First Feature at the 2020 Galway Film Fleadh -
A bible, black comedy about a prodigal son returning to his hometown to seek salvation for his sins.
Jimmy is a nihilist with a hilariously bleak view on life. He carries a leather, black doctor’s bag around with him containing the rope he plans to hang himself with. A sticker on the bag reads ‘He is Risen’. Jimmy is filled with guilt and shame and has let his inner demons take over. Jimmy returns home to the cold austere beauty of West Cavan to say goodbye.
At home his brother, Damien, has been stuck looking after their sick father for seven years. He is consumed with bitterness and self-righteousness at Jimmy’s disappearance. As soon as Jimmy visits his ailing father, he dies. The second his father breaths his last, the thunder rumbles and the rain starts to pour. And there is a condition in the will... that his father cannot be buried on a wet day. Jimmy is stuck in his hometown until the rain stops.
"Doherty displays winning confidence, visual imagination and stylistic bravura as he elevates a witty but foul-mouthed village comedy into something more provocative and universal." - Variety
“There is something of a Nick Cave song about Redemption of a Rogue. A man comes to town. He comes shouldering trouble. The rain it raineth daily.” – Irish Times
"Doherty has shaped a unique and exhilarating work that is one of the most accomplished Irish films in recent years." - Film Ireland