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A film by Dónal Foreman

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After a year travelling the world, twenty something Ciaran reluctantly returns to his hometown of Dublin, broke and stuck living with his parents.

As he struggles to reconnect with the ex-girlfriend that he left behind and the friends and social scene that have moved on without him, Ciaran leads us through an atmospheric and authentic vision of contemporary Dublin and Irish youth that the Irish Times has described as "profound, humorous and touching" with "plenty to say about the state of the nation, masculinity and identity".



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Tara Brady, The Irish Times, “Donal Foreman: Tiger cub on the prowl”

The hottest ticket in Irish cinema now is Donal Foreman … Out of Here, Irish cinema’s first real grapple with post-boom youth culture, is defined by naturalistic dialogue and achingly recognisable characters. … A moving drama about a returning immigrant, Foreman’s first feature expresses the melancholy and disappointment that comes with growing up against the Tiger years.

Tara Brady, The Irish Times:

Oh, how we’ve waited for this day. Donal Foreman, one of Ireland’s most exciting short film-makers, transitions to feature-length with no little aplomb. Pundits and wags have already dragged out such qualifiers as “this year’s Once ” or “first Irish mumblecore”. But Foreman’s debut is very much its own thing. The profound, humorous and touching Out of Here has plenty to say about the state of the nation, masculinity and identity. That it can do so while keeping up lively, authentic banter is a marvel. Note-perfect performances keep pace with the timeliness of the subject matter. Piers McGrail’s cinematography finds appealing new things to do with Dublin. The film never looks or feels as if it were made on a micro-budget, although it was, in fact, crowd-funded. Where can we sign up to invest in the next one? Ireland expects.

Donald Clarke, The Irish Times film:

A picture-perfect framing of a time and place … Pay attention. This is what can happen when a talented young director is allowed to make the film he really wants to make. One of a kind. What a debut. . Donal Foreman’s rather splendid Out of Here ... [is] a most peculiar film, but one I thought enormously successful.... The picture features hypnotically beautiful images and employs very sly, sideways humour throughout. It’s always a pleasure to welcome a fresh Irish voice that owes few creative debts to any predecessor. Donal Foreman looks to be the latest candidate for that accolade. It’s rare that a debut shows such originality and promise. Mind you, we should have seen it coming. From 2009 Foreman worked on a very promising series of experimental short films that pointed towards the aesthetic that would emerge in Out of Here.

Gavin Burke,

A debut of promise, Out Of Here marks one Donal Foreman out as a real talent. ... After a handful of similarly-themed short films, New York-based Donal Foreman makes a startling debut – Out Of Here moves with the confidence of a third or fourth film.

John Maguire, The Sunday Business Post:

It is refreshing to watch an Irish film that doesn't attempt to cram a square genre into a round hole, but instead forges a new direction in narrative and form. ... Out of Here is the closest our national cinema has come to expressing what it is like to be young, broke and scared in post-bust Ireland.

Doug Whelan, The Independent:

This neat little film from director Donal Foreman captures modern Dublin with naturalistic, engaging performances from an unknown cast and a captivating visual style. … An engaging and realistic portrait of youth in Ireland in 2014.

Jason Solomon, The Irish Mail on Sunday:

Out of Here bears all the hallmarks of an established writer-director who has the patience to allow his story to unfold at an unhurried pace rather than falling into the usual first timer's trap of rushing events.

Declan Burke, Irish Examiner:

A very impressive feature-length debut that offers a fresh take on an Ireland still coming to terms with the economic crash and its struggling recovery.

Jay Coyle,

Foreman’s film has a confidence that is rarely seen in a first feature. … Out Of Here is a gem of a film and one that will stand up to repeat viewings. Go see it and remind yourself that Ireland can still offer up top quality cinema on par with the rest of the world… An outstanding film.

Michael Doherty, RTÉ Guide:

A whipsmart portrait of Dublin youth… Out of Here is an impressive piece of work and strongly recommended.

Conor Dowling, Irish Film Institute:

Already an experienced shorts filmmaker, Foreman’s talent is unmistakable here. With an oblique take on Dublin’s familiar and unfamiliar landmarks, and a fresh portrayal of Irish masculinity he patiently builds a rare and exceptionally true-to-life portrait of what it is to be young, educated and aimless in Ireland today.

Amy O’Connor, Le Cool:

Remarkably accomplished in every respect, Out of Here is utterly of the moment and one of the best representations of Dublin youth culture to emerge from the recession.

Frank L., No More Workhorse:

Out of Here is a serious contribution to the state of Ireland in 2014…. Anyone who is concerned about the state of Irish society would do well to use 80 minutes of their time to watch this film and contemplate its contents.

Rory Cashin,

[Out of Here is] a darkly funny but powerfully insightful look into a problematic hot topic.

Ronan Doyle,

Donal Foreman’s film captures like few others have the nascent nihilism of being a young person in Ireland... There’s a terrible pretence to proclaiming any film “important”, yet few other words could do justice to a film that understands its intended audience like no other. ... if Out of Here speaks to aimless intent, it’s with enormous acuity—and, yes, importance—that it embodies action.

Tony Tracy, Film Ireland

Out of Here marks a considerable contribution to contemporary Irish cinema on a number of levels. Its rejection of traditional narrative practices (particularly ill-fitting genres), its cosmopolitan tone, its sensitive and fresh portrayal of masculinity and relationships, and its use of locations that ‘re-map’ cinematic Dublin, all contribute to a film less defined by a sense of national identity than a sense of place. Nevertheless, while it avoids being explicitly ‘Irish’ cinema in any narrow or prescriptive sense of that term (beyond its setting), the film’s tentative, only half recognised sense of home seems both specific to the wandering, cosmopolitan Ciaran (a post-modern Stephen Dedalus) and a tonally apt encapsulation of the dazed and confused national condition as we emerge from a decade of awe, then shock. ... Out of Here feels remarkably assured and engaging, suggesting that Donal Foreman will be a film maker to watch in the years ahead.

Roddy Flynn & Tony Tracy, Estudios Irlandeses Issue 9

While the film clearly draws on elements of American ‘mumblecore’ cinema (Foreman lives in Brooklyn where he edited the film, though he has been developing it for several years), it is its reworking of Joycean flânerie that is most compelling for an Irish viewer. The loose-limbed and seemingly improvised narrative follows Ciaran as he returns to his family home then around the city, catching up with old friends, meeting some new ones, and occupies a liminal space of non-belonging. The juxtaposition between the film’s firm sense of setting and more intangible sense of plot and character produces an at times weightless narrative that seems entirely appropriate to the social and economic tectonics of recent years. ... Out of Here can be read as a reflection of Irish identity unsure of its parameters or integrity.

Gar O'Brien, Programmer, Galway Film Fleadh

Timely and expertly realised, Donal Foreman’s debut feature is a pitch-perfect and resonant depiction of contemporary Ireland and its young people.

Matt Micucci, Film Ireland blog

Out of Here used a much more direct and though-provoking approach to capture the essence of the everyday urban monotony and frustration of the life of a young Dubliner. Donal Foreman’s film is nothing short of praiseworthy for its passive anger and realist approach, as well as a visual style that is beautiful in its simplicity. Foreman also represented the kind of independent filmmaking that Irish cinema should thrive on for the way in which he brought Out of Here together through crowd-funding but also through determination, passion and a will to go out there and really make it happen.

Eithne Shortall, The Sunday Times, February 16 2014

We've been looking for "the next Once" for a few years, and our hopes are now pinned on Donal Foreman's low-budget film about an Irish twenty-something who returns to recession-hit Dublin after a year travelling abroad.


The Irish Times

Film Ireland (magazine)

Metro Herald


Irish Film & TV Network

Irish Film Institute

Totally Dublin

The Irish Independent

Irish Film Institute Podcast

Film Ireland Podcast

The Green Room, Newstalk FM

The Arts Show, Near FM (22 minutes in)

Fred Film Radio

"The State of the Art" podcast (53 minutes in)




The Irish Times (Donald Clarke)

The Irish Times (Tara Brady)

The Independent

The Irish Examiner

The Sunday Business Post

The Irish Mail on Sunday

RTÉ Guide

The Irish Catholic

Next Projection

Le Cool

No More Workhorse



Cast & Crew

Donal Foreman (writer, director, editor)

Macintosh HD:Users:donalforeman:Documents:ME:MANAGEMENT:SELF-PROMOTION:ME PICS:*Best pics for fests/press*:donalrepeatpic.jpgDónal Foreman (born in Dublin, 1985) is an Irish filmmaker living in New York City. He has been making films since he was 11 years old. Since then, he has written, directed and edited over fifty short films and two features. His first feature, Out of Here (2013) was theatrically released at the Irish Film Institute in 2014, receiving 4-star reviews from major newspapers including the Irish Times, the Independent and the Sunday Business Post. The Irish Times praised the film as "profound, humorous and touching" with "note-perfect performances".

At age 17, he won the title of Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year, and more recently he has been nominated for the Rising Star award at the Irish Film & TV Awards, and awarded the Discovery Award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle. He’s an alumnus of the Irish National Film School and the Berlinale Talent Campus, and, since 2011, a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. As a film critic, he has written for many publications including Cahiers du Cinema and Filmmaker Magazine, and as a teaching artist, he was worked with public school students across New York City for the Tribeca Film Institute among other organisations.

Selected Filmography (as writer, director & editor)

You’re Only What I See Sometimes 




6 x Occupy    

The Ghost Said     

Out of Here       
The Image You Missed

The Cry of Granuaile

(2006, short)

(2008, short)

(2009, short series)

(2010, short)

(2011, short)

(2012, short series)

(2012, short diptych)

(2013, feature)

(2018, feature)

(2022, feature)


Piers McGrail (cinematography)

::Desktop:piers-738.jpgPiers McGrail shot his first feature, Kelly+Victor in 2011, which recieved a BAFTA for 'Outstanding Debut'. Since then he has shot a number of features that have premiered at major festivals including Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. A classmate of Donal Foreman at the Irish National Film School, they collaborated on nine short films together and Foreman’s debut feature Out of Here (2013).

Emmet Fleming (producer)

Emmet Fleming (BA. University of Limerick, 2005) is a creative producer and one third of Stalker Films. This summer he was nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, where his debut feature film Out of Here also had its World Premiere, placing 2nd in the category of Best First Irish Feature. The short film Joy, which he produced for Venom Films, received a Special Jury Mention in Galway 2012, having previously screened at SXSW, Seattle and Worldwide International Film Festivals.

Fionn Walton

Fionn Walton recently completed The Factory’s Programme, Ireland’s first year-long course dedicated to the craft of screen acting. Film and television credits include What Richard Did (dir. Lenny Abrahamson), Trivia (RTÉ), Jack Taylor: The Dramatist (TV3), and Shimmy Marcus’ multi-award- winning short Rhinos. Theatre includes Bedbound (New Theatre), The Pillowman (DU Players), The Wonderful World of Dissocia, The Lonesome West, Death of a Salesman (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Disco Pigs (Smock Alley Theatre), and Desire Under the Elms (The Corn Exchange). Fionn was awarded Best Actor at the ISDA Festival 2009. Out of Here (dir. Donal Foreman) marks Fionn’s first leading role in a feature film.

Annabell Rickerby

Annabell was born in Dublin and grew up there. She had recently quit her job when she was approached to audition for This Must Be The Place. She had no previous acting experience but was shortlisted for the part of Mary. Annabell has gone on to do several shorts and recently two independent features including Out Of Here which was her first.

Aoife Duffin

Aoife trained at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinty College Dublin. Since graduating theatre credits include The Crucible (Lyric theatre, Belfast), The Siver Tassie (Druid.), The Importance of Being Earnest ( Rough Magic), The Crumb Trail and Oedipus Loves You (Pan Pan) , Christ Deliver Us! the Playboy of The Western World (The Abbey) Little Gem (Guna Nua), Last Call, Fusion and Cross My Heart all for TEAM Theatre.


Dean Kavanagh

Dean Kavanagh is an independent filmmaker from Ireland who creates experimental films.

He has developed a successful practice, independently and collaboratively, resulting in a filmography that consists of 63 experimental short films and 5 experimental feature films to-date. These have exhibited worldwide at film festivals, museums, galleries and cultural institutions including the Director's Lounge in Berlin, Spectacle Theater in New York, Bogotá Experimental Film Festival in Colombia, Museum of Modern Art in Brazil, Tehran Museum of Modern Art, Quad Cinema in New York, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival, Philippines Film Institute, IFI Irish Film Institute and Barbican Centre in the UK among many others. Kavanagh is a recipient of the Film Bursary Award, Film Project Award and Next Generation Artist Award from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Gina Moxley

Gina Moxley is a writer, director and performer. Her theatre plays include The Crumb Trail for Pan Pan; Map of M: Revised for Contovento, Rome; A Heart of Cork for Cork Capital of Culture; Tea Set for Fishamble; Danti-Dan for Rough Magic (Winner of Stewart Parker Award 1996); Dog House for National Connections, U.K.; Toupees and Snare Drums for Coisceim /Abbey Theatre.

Her radio plays include CutsMarrying Dad,Physical GeographyThe Candidateand Swans Cross. She has also published some short stories.

Gina was director and dramaturg on Finding SympathySolpadeine is My BoyfriendA Wine Goose ChaseThe Wheelchair on My Face ( Scotsman Fringe First winner, Edinburgh 2012) and How to Keep an Alien (Winner Best Production, Dublin Fringe Festival 2014). She was Fringe Lab Dramaturg for Dublin Fringe in 2013 and Irish Patron Playwright at New Plays from Europe Biennale, Wiesbaden, Germany from 2010 to 2014.

Productions with Pan Pan as a performer include The Seagull & Other BirdsOedipus Loves YouOne: Healing with Theatreand The Rehearsal. Playing the Dane.


Arthur Riordan

Arthur Riordan is a founder-member of Rough Magic Theatre Company and has appeared as an actor in many of the company's productions. Riordan has also performed with most of Ireland's leading theatre companies including the Passion Machine, Druid and The Abbey. Riordan appeared as MC Dev in his self-penned one-man show, 'The Emergency Session', at the 1992 Dublin Theatre Festival, which subsequently toured Ireland and to Glasgow. Apart from the plays listed below, Riordan has also written 'The Last Temptation of Michael Flatley', a one-act play that has proven popular on the amateur circuit.

Jer O'Leary

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary had a favourite quotation: “If you have not been involved in the passions of your time you have not lived.”

Best know for his portrayal of trade unionist Jim Larkin, O’Leary appeared in 42 films, making his debut in Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot. Other roles included the Neil Jordan film Michael Collins, where he played Thomas Clarke, and as the King of the Tinkers in Jim Sheridan’s The Field. His film credits also included In the Name of the FatherBraveheartThis Must be the Place and the fantasy series Game of Thrones . A renowned balladeer, artist and a folklorist he was also a skilled tapestry banner maker which he made for trade union marches.

He died at home in Dublin on Stephen's Day, 2018.


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