Wed 29 September 6:30pm
Director: Ruth Meehan
Starring: Gemma-Leah Devereux, Siobhán Cullen, Karen Egan, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Cynical stand-up comedian, Kate McLaughlin (Gemma-Leah Devereux, Judy), is depressed and tired of life.
Suddenly, her morbid prayers are answered when she receives a cancer diagnosis. But, to placate her family, she grudgingly agrees to undergo chemotherapy.
Bracing herself for the worst, through an impenetrable shield of sarcastic, dark humour, Kate reluctantly joins a group of four women on the chemo ward.
Gradually she warms to her new companions, who hail from all walks of life across Ireland, and their unsolicited friendships will ultimately restore her capacity for joy and lust for life.
Inspired by comedian Anne Gildea’s memoir I’ve Got Cancer, What’s Your Excuse?, writer-director Ruth Meehan’s life-affirming feature debut pulsates with warmth and humanity and celebrates the healing power of love, laughter and friendship.
★★★★ “ONLY THOSE WITH HEARTS OF STONE WILL BE ABLE TO RESIST GETTING PULLED ALONG BY THE BRIGHT SIDE‘S CURRENT” Irish Independent
★★★★ “CRAFTED WITH SUCH SKILL, COMPASSION AND RESTRAINT THAT IT NEVER DESCENDS INTO OVER-SENTIMENTALITY” RTÉ
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SCREEN AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE BRIGHT SIDE AT 6.30PM, WED 29 SEPTEMBER. THE FILM WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION WITH Courtenay Mackie, information and support worker for Macmillan Northampton General Hospital and Susan Hemmington and Vicky Williams from Breast Friends Northamptonshire.
breast friends northamptonshire is a local breast cancer peer support group for anyone who has received a breast cancer diagnosis. the group wants to ensure that nobody has to go through it alone.
Susan was diagnosed with stage 2a breast cancer at her second routine mammogram at the age of 49. she was fortunate to be on an early screening trial which screened women from the age of 47. susan’s treatment plan of operations, various medical procedures, chemotherapy and radiotherapy took a year to complete. she is now 54 and very thankful for the treatment she was offered and chose to accept.
Vicky was diagnosed with grade 2 er/pr positive breast cancer at the age of 49. she discovered a small dimple but there were no other symptoms. vicky’s treatment took a year to complete and was one operation (lumpectomy) followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. she later had three reconstructive operations. vicky is now 54 and will be on hormone therapy for a further six years.
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