Irish TV Drama of the Year, Smalltown, to be screened with award-winning Director Gerard Barrett in attendance.

Smalltown tells the story of a young man in his early 20s, encouraged by his parents to emigrate from rural Ireland to London in search of new opportunities. Years later, his mother develops cancer, forcing him to return home. Much has changed in his absence.

“It’s got themes of emigration, isolation, loneliness, rural Ireland, cancer, dealing with a sick parent, parental loss and spousal loss. There’s a lot going on,” says director, Gerard Barrett.

The father (Tom), played by Pat Shortt, “tries to keep them all together”. According to Pat, it’s more about family relationships that many will relate to.

The drama is branded as ‘honourable and heartfelt’ (Irish Independent), and ‘richly rewarding’ (The Phoenix). Critics and viewers alike were undoubtedly touched by Smalltown’s story, which asks the question that many of us have faced at one time or another in life – where do you belong?

Gerard Barrett, who wrote and directed Smalltown, is the acclaimed director of Glassland and also won the IFTA Rising Star Award in 2013 for his debut feature Pilgrim Hill.