With their exams over, best friends Malachy and Luke are out to have one hell of a summer.
However, the arrival of Michelle, a captivating but troubled beauty, tests their friendship to
the limit as she encourages the two boys to carry out increasingly dangerous and illegal
stunts in the battle for her affections. Against the backdrop of a troubled city reconstructing
its identity, the future paths of all three are thrown into question as the competition between
Malachy and Luke spirals out of control.
Best friends Malachy and Luke are from different sides of today’s Belfast – a city vigorously
redefining its identity. Malachy is a high achiever at school with a stable family life and a
summer job at the local Leisureplex; Luke lives with Smiley, his alcoholic father, and deals
drugs for his brother Chris. The bonds of friendship are strong between the boys and they
are having themselves one hell of a summer – until the arrival of Michelle, the daughter of
Malachy’s Leisureplex boss, Crilly. A stunning beauty, Michelle instantly steals both Luke
and Malachy’s hearts.
Michelle has recently moved back to Belfast from London to stay with her father, and it
becomes clear that Crilly has very little time for his daughter; he is far more interested in her
best friend Donna, with whom he’s having a secret affair. When the neglected Michelle
becomes aware of the two boys’ infatuation she welcomes the attention and playfully flirts
with both of them at the Lifeboat Club. Luke gets into a bar fight and as he is carried out of
the club by bouncers, bloody but unbowed, he blows Michelle a kiss. Michelle turns to
Malachy and issues the challenge; ‘Top that’. And so begins a weekend of increasingly
dangerous and illegal games in which the boys compete to win Michelle.
It is not long before the rivalry reaches such a pitch that Malachy’s and Luke’s friendship is
strained to breaking point. After a particularly dangerous bout of joyriding in which Malachy’s
dad’s car is written off, the tension between the two finally explodes. Angry words are
exchanged and Michelle gets caught in the crossfire when Luke reveals that her father has
been sleeping with Donna.
Back at home, Michelle decides to carry out a desperate bid to gain Crilly’s attention and at
the same time punish him for his sexual transgressions by seducing Malachy in her father’s
bedroom. Crilly walks in on them and orders Malachy out of the house – but he does not
become the over-protective father Michelle longs for. Bitter and resentful, Michelle packs her
bags and prepares to return to London.
Michelle goes to say a final goodbye to Luke and Malachy. Although the two boys have
been reconciled, they have little to celebrate. Luke has just been abandoned by his father
and Malachy fears that Michelle is going to abandon him too. All three decide to perform the
ultimate rebellion that will set them against Crilly, their parents, and ultimately the law.
Luke steals his brother’s drugs, and with the aid of Malachy’s security clearance the three
teenagers break into the Leisureplex and host the party of the decade. However, this night of
youthful abandon will come at a high cost. When Crilly arrives at the Leisureplex in the
morning and discovers the havoc that has been reaped by his daughter and her friends, the
situation culminates in a tragedy that will change the lives of all three teenagers forever.
Distributor: Little Film Company
Starring: Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Kimberley Nixon, James Nesbitt, Conor MacNeill, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Kat Kirk, Lalor Roddy
Directed by: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Produced by: Michael Casey, Mark Huffam, Brian Kirk
Written by: Daragh Carville
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