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Ballywalter (15)

Friday 29th Sep 2023 — Thursday 5th Oct 2023, Corn Exchange Cinema


  • A female and a male sat on the edge of a taxi cab with a house behind them

A bitter-sweet comedy-drama set in Belfast

Seána Kerslake (Bad Sisters) gives a critically acclaimed, IFTA-nominated performance, and comedian Patrick Kielty stars in his first dramatic role.

Ballywalter is a life affirming story about the unexpected connections that can change the course of our lives. Eileen (Seána Kerslake) is a caustic, unrepentant University drop-out whose dreams of a successful life in London have fallen by the wayside. Back at home with her mum, she makes ends meet by working as an unlicensed driver in her ex-boyfriend’s minicab.

Shane (Patrick Kielty) has exiled himself in Ballywalter following the break-up of his marriage, but now he’s trying to get his life back on track by enrolling in a stand-up comedy course. When Shane calls a taxi to get him to his classes, Eileen answers and a surprising connection is made. As the two spend time together shuttling back and forth, a beautiful friendship develops, leading both to a moment of realisation. Shane reintegrates; Eileen makes peace with herself and who she really is. Finally, she can stop running and just drive.

  • “A minor key masterpiece”
    ★★★★★ Irish Examiner
  • “Patrick Kielty is deeply touching, Seána Kerslake is electric”
    The Irish Times

Duration: 89 mins

Ireland, 2023

Director: Prasanna Puwanarajah

Starring: Conor MacNeill, Seána Kerslake, Joanne Crawford