Gerard Barrett (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Initially, Gerard Barrett's incredibly assured second feature appears to be a modest "issue" drama set in modern-day Dublin, but actually it's a richly nuanced character piece that should appeal to fans of low-key, down-to-earth thrillers. Jack Reynor stars as John, a young taxi driver who acts as carer for his alcoholic mother Jean (Toni Collette). His best friend Shane (Will Poulter) is a young father with dreams of leaving for foreign climes, but John's own plans for escape are dashed when Jean's addiction threatens to end her life - and rehab is expensive. It's a measure of Glassland's slow-burn intensity that nothing boils over into melodrama, from Collette's raw and at times almost feral performance to John's involvement with a local crime racket. Some may find the ending more cryptic than understated, but for those who embrace it, Glassland is a haunting study of the damage done by personal demons and desperation. Nevertheless, it's the message of love and hope that lingers long after the closing credits.


A young, Dublin-based taxi driver inadvertently becomes embroiled in human trafficking while also trying to help his mother break free of alcoholism. Drama, starring Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter and Michael Smiley.

Cast & Crew

John Jack Reynor
Shane Will Poulter
Jean Toni Collette
Jim Michael Smiley
Kit Harry Nagle
Director Gerard Barrett
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Element Pictures DistributionGuidance: Swearing.Released on: 17 Apr 2015