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by Ruth Meehan


World-weary stand-up comedian Kate McLoughlin wants out. Her morbid prayers are answered in the form of a cancer diagnosis. For Kate, this is the perfect excuse. However, a last supper of dodgy shellfish and champagne puts paid to her overdose attempt and to placate her family she begrudgingly agrees to undergo treatment. Armed with staggering levels of cynicism and a plethora of blackly comic jokes, Kate gets off to a bad start with the four other women she encounters on the chemo ward, whose unsolictited friendships are destined to blow open her shut-down heart.

international title: The Bright Side
original title: The Bright Side
country: Ireland
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Ruth Meehan
film run: 100'
screenplay: Jean Pasley, Ruth Meehan
cast: Gemma-Leah Devereux, Siobhan Cullen, Karen Egan, Barbara Brennan, Derbhle Crotty, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
cinematography by: JJ Rolfe
film editing: Colin Campbell
art director: Mark Kelly
music: Stephen Rennicks
producer: Tony Deegan
production: Playground Pictures
backing: Screen Ireland (IE), BAI (IE), RTÉ (IE)

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