The critically acclaimed and IFTA-winning Michael Inside tells the story of Michael McCrea (Dafyhd Flynn), an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis (Lalor Roddy) in a Dublin housing estate.
Michael gets caught holding a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother and is sentenced to three months in prison. Inside, Michael is befriended by an older drug dealer (Moe Dunford) and is exposed to violence and intimidation.
Director Frank Berry (I Used to Live Here) workshopped the film with former prisoners from the Irish Prison Service’s Pathways Programme, creating a harrowing picture of young people caught up, with bleak inevitability, in a cycle of crime and incarceration.
The film is distinguished by the authenticity of the characterisations and by an extraordinary, understated performance by Flynn who embodies heart-wrenching vulnerability and quiet despair.
Dir: Frank Berry, Ireland, 2017, 96 mins., 15