Directed by Matthew McGuigan / Northern Ireland / 2021 / 13 mins


In 1970’s Northern Ireland, a young boy, bereft of his mother, defies his father to get the Glam Rock album he so desperately wants.

It’s Belfast – early 70’s… BOOM! Something’s in the air and it’s not a bomb, it’s a revolution. Glam Rock is drowning out the noise of armoured cars. As British soldiers patrol the streets, kids are glued to Top Of The Pops, entranced by Marc Bolan, the androgynous, satin-clad, glitter-god.

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Director Statement

Belfast is a city defined by the Troubles. This has left a scar on Northern Irish society. Even in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement it felt inescapable. Every piece of media about Northern Ireland seemed only interested in the conflict. It was important for me to make a film that tried to move away from the Troubles, to show a different side of Northern Ireland, the side of those left behind.

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Selected Screening

  • Galway Film Fleadh, July 2021 – World Premiere


Produced by: Leo McGuigan and Paul B. McGuigan
Written by: Kate Perry

Director Bio

Matthew is a director from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Having directed films for Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI, Matthew’s work is characterised by strong performances and visual flair. His work has screened at BAFTA, the Oscar Qualifying Galway and Cork Film Festivals, among others. ‘Limbo’ was nominated for the Juror award for Best Short Film at Seattle’s NFFTY film festival. Matthew is a graduate from the National Film School, specialising in Fiction Directing. He wrote his thesis on performance: ‘An Analysis of Acting Methods as an extension of National Culture, through the forms of Nō Theatre and Method’. Matthew’s love of cinema began when he watched Jaws at age 5 with his Dad. Ben Gardner’s head coming out of the boat still gets him.

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