Writer-director John Butler is tackling homophobia in his new comedy, Handsome Devil.
Set in an Irish boarding school, the film tells the story of Ned, a sensitive student who is bullied by jocks on the rugby team. When his new roommate turns out to be a rugby superstar with anger management issues, Ned seems to be destined for even more abuse.
Instead, the two surprisingly strike up a genuine friendship, and have to navigate their fellow students’ negative responses to their connection.
The film premiered in Ireland earlier this year, but no word on when it may get its global release.