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Dream Kitchen

Synopsis
Fiction short. An allegory on ‘coming out’ set in working-class Dublin. A son comes home to his family to find his father repairing the car, and his mother in the kitchen cooking as usual. As he watches his mother doing the dishes, he imagines how things could have been different and dreams up a luxurious kitchen as a way of telling his parents the good news ­ that he is gay. In his ideal kitchen his language becomes that of the ideal family; he remembers the Shakespeare he has seen on television and everyone now speaks pseudo-Shakespearean, his father saying’I am not deserving of such good fortune. A son of mine, gay?'.
Language
English
Country
Ireland
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1999
Duration
9 mins

Credits

Director
Barry Dignam
Producer
Barry Dignam; Conor McKiernan; Katherina Fay
Cinematographer
David O’Sullivan
Screenplay
Barry Dignam
Cast
Andrew LovernSon
Caroline RothwellMa
Frank CoughlanDa
Loclann AikenAndrew
Sarah PilkingtonDaughter

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Subjects
Literature
Keywords
homosexuality; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Gay and lesbian interpretations

Notes

General
From a short play by Kevin McCarthy.
Awards
Nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2000 for Best Short Film. Won Audience Award for Best Short Film at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival (2001, Spring).
Reviews
Film West no. 38, October 1999.

Production Company

Name

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Name

Hit and Run Productions

Archive

Name

Irish Film Archive

Email
info@irishfilm.ie
Web
http://www.irishfilm.ie External site opens in new window
Phone
=353 1 679 5744
Address
6 Eustace Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
Ireland

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