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Brand new Irish LGBT film 'Dating Amber' premieres online

The film is set in '90s Kildare

By Clodagh Meaney

Brand new Irish film Dating Amber premiered online today.

Set in Co. Kildare in 1995, the film follows gay secondary school students Eddie and Amber as they embark on a fake relationship to avoid taunts from their school friends.

Starring Normal People actor Fionn O'Shea as Eddie, Lola Pettigrew, Sharon Horgan, Barry Ward and Ian O'Reilly also feature.

Speaking to RTE Radio One about the feature, director David Freyne said he is so used to seeing queer films about persecution that he wanted to create something with "warmth and comedy."

"I'm so used to seeing queer films where you're dying of aids or you're really being persecuted," he said.

"It's a very bleak view of your future. I just always thought that we deserved to see our experiences framed with heart, warmth and comedy. I really wanted to make that kind of film."

"I wanted to make the kind of film that I wished I had [seen] growing up, something that has a hopeful message, a hopefully ending and is ultimately about these two kids who end up becoming best friends," he said.

Freyne, who has directed a number of other features, also described the difficulties he faced in getting finance for the film because of the gay characters.

"We tried to make it a couple of years ago and kind of failed and then after a first feature it was easier, you get a lot of no's particularly when dealing with gay characters and a lot of the no's you get is that its either too funny for a gay film, which you are actually told by financiers, or that we already have a gay film, which I think is a quota which is incredibly enraging."

"I think people are used to a gay film that has to be Oscar-baity with an A-list star playing gay and that's the worthy films that get made," he said.

"f you want to make something that is a really mainstream, funny gay film. It's very, very tricky because there are just not many of them."

The film is available to stream on Amazon Prime now, it is also set to be released in cinemas later this year.

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