I Used To Live Here Director Frank Berry to Appear on Arena

Posted March 20, 2015 by Conor McDevitt in News

Frank Berry, director of powerful Tallaght-set drama I Used To Live Here, which Wildcard Distribution will release on April 3rd, will appear on RTE Radio 1’s Arena programme tonight at 7pm. The filmmaker will discuss the genesis of the film, the importance of its message, and the painstaking creative process involved in making it.

I Used To Live Here follows Amy Keane, a 13-year-old trying to cope with the death of her mother and the reappearance of her father’s ex-girlfriend, who experiences the temptation of suicide after witnessing the outpouring of love for a local suicide victim. The film takes a fictional look at the phenomenon of suicide clusters, and the devastating impact they can have on a community.

While making the I Used To Live Here, director Berry spent a year among the adults and children of the Killinarden Community Centre in Tallaght. First as an observer, then by leading acting workshops which also functioned as a casting process for the film. The script was directly inspired by a series of Irish Times articles written by Dr. Tony Bates, CEO and founding director of Headstrong. Frank Berry sought out the advice of Dr. Bates and used his knowledge of youth mental health throughout the creative process to carefully construct a story that explores the causes of teen suicide and suicide clusters with tact and sensitivity. The film aims to open a dialogue about this painful subject and increase understanding of a national problem that cannot be ignored.

Arena, presented by Sean Rocks, is on RTE Radio 1 from 7pm tonight. I Used To Live Here will open in Irish cinemas on the Good Friday, the 3rd of April.