Homeless crisis goes international

by Rebecca Ryan

Dublin writer Roddy Doyle has a new movie out about the homeless crisis in Ireland.

Rosie takes place over just 36 hours, telling the story of a family of six in the days following their eviction from their home. The landlord decided to sell it, giving them just two weeks to find a new place to live.

The film highlights the situation facing many people in Ireland at the moment, such as the constant struggles of finding a temporary roof to put over their heads while they try to find somewhere more permanent.

Roddy said he would much rather the story wasn’t there, but hopes the film will draw attention to the homeless crisis in Ireland.

Speaking at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, he said: “I wish, in many ways, that I hadn’t felt the need to write Rosie – but I can’t wait for Irish audiences to see it in October.”

Rosie was shot in and around Dublin and stars Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford as Rosie and John Paul, the parents of four young children who find themselves homeless.

Roddy said he got the inspiration for Rosie while listening to RTE News in October 2016, when a woman was telling her story about trying to find somewhere to stay the night before.

Rosie was very well received at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It will be released in cinemas in Ireland on Friday, October 12.

The film is produced by Emma Norton, Rory Gilmartin and Juliette Bonass, with Roddy Doyle serving as executive producer alongside Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, which previously brought us The Lobster and Room

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