1. DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL
Jason (Emmet Kirwan) spends his days swaggering around Dublin like he’s young and carefree, though neither is quite true anymore. The late nights of coke and yokes have turned into a never-ending quest for them that is slowly taking its toll. He’s missing work and letting down his friends – but sure it’s all good craic, right? It’s not until Jason bumps into his estranged brother Daniel (Ian Lloyd Anderson) on the streets of Dublin that he realises it might not be, anymore.
Daniel is slowly recovering from heroin addiction, and as the two brothers address their issues over a series of meetings in Dublin city, Jason is forced to confront his sense of superiority about which drugs he uses to escape reality. Kirwan and Lloyd are both compelling performers, with Anderson bringing a melancholic intelligence to the role. He serves as a beautiful foil to the more outrageous and comic characters in Jason’s life – and there are many. Dublin Oldschool is consistently uproarious in its portrait of young Dubliners always looking for bants and raves.
Director Dave Tynan’s vision of Dublin is authentic and raw, capturing the exuberance of gigs and house parties; the brain-slowing, sense-heightening experience of drugs; and the warped Lynchian cinema that is memory. This may be Oldschool, but it’s a new telling – and it’s thrilling.