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Short Films
"Heartbreak"
6 mins 51s
15 February 2017
Ireland Short Films

Director Dave Tynan says he was "blown away" when he saw actor Emmet Kirwan perform 'Heartbreak' at the Fringe Festival and knew immediately he wanted to capture it on film. The resulting collaboration is an extraordinary piece of film which amplifies the passion of this mesmerising spoken-work performance.

The decision to illustrate the story with acted sequences featuring Jordanne Jones could have gone either way, but Tynan cleverly contrasts Kirwan's highly animated delivery with understated performances from his other actors which gives it exactly the right balance. This decision adds enormously to the power of a pivotal confrontation when he adds Jones's voice to Kirwan's to underline her anger.

Tynan has paid full respect to Kirwan's writing by providing him with the perfect filmic platform for his words and offered it the perfect ballast with the additional sequences. Even The Sun's Irish edition has recognised the film's power with a surprisingly positive piece celebrating the social media impact of the film.

It's a beguiling piece of work and we have to salute Tynan and Kirwan's decision to get it out there rather than save it for the Festivals... though it's about time the Short Film Festivals stopped using eligibility to block filmmakers from releasing their films online.

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