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Some thoughts on Trampoline, an Irish independent film

Last week Páraic got the chance to see Trampoline an independent Irish film which will be screening tomorrow (June 12th) in Cork. Keep an eye on local festivals and for further chances to catch the low-budget production.

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Trampoline is Tom Ryan’s first feature that he managed to get in the can for a budget of less than €1,000 thanks to the help of local Nenagh businesses with the cast and crew fitting filming in around their paid jobs. The film premiered at the inaugural Indie Cork Film Festival last October and is now continuing its festival run having had great success so far winning Best Feature at the Williamsburg Film Festival in New York, Best Actress at Indie Fest in LA and Best Coming of Age Feature at the Canada International Film Festival. It has also been screened in Cineworld in Dublin as well as a successful two week limited release at the Ormond Cineplex Nenagh.

The film sees Angie (Aoife Spratt) returning to her home town after some time in London where things didn’t pan out the way she expected. Taking a teaching job at her former school she tries to settle back into to her old life but quickly realises this is easier said than done. Hostilities with her younger sister Jenny (Maggie Donovan) regarding their father soon come to a head and have Angie questioning her own judgements.

Aoife Spratt has nowhere to hide being in pretty much every scene of the film. She needn’t worry, excelling at conveying the “lost at sea” sentiment felt by so many young people in Ireland. At first embracing the comfort of home it soon dawns on her that she can’t jut slot neatly back into her former life.

The films strengths lie in the dialogue. Scenes between Angie and her sister Jenny have an honest realness to them as do Angie’s interactions with her best friend Kate (Audrey Hamilton). Unfortunately certain scenarios don’t ring true – chiefly that of Angie and the Principal. These are short lived and serve a purpose at least in highlighting how ill-equipped she is for the job.

The fact the film cost so little to make shows in parts with the sound quality suffering and the story being wrapped up a tad too neatly. Having said that Trampoline is an impressive first feature with many fine attributes and hopefully we’ll see more from the team involved in the coming years.

Trampoline will next be screened in the upstairs cinema of the Beggarman on Gillabbey Street Cork, Thurs June 12th at 8pm. Tickets are €5 at the door. has more.

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Páraic wanted to be a gangster as far back as he can remember. Brought up on a diet of films he was too young to be watching by his brothers, all things 80s teens thanks to his sisters and the classics by his folks he's turned into a well-rounded (maybe a little too round) film lover. Only recently discovering North by Northwest, he longs for a train journey with a beautiful blond.

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