In View

Critical Press Reviews for In View


"In View is A Definitive Character Study"  -"Powerful and unsettling"

"Dunne carries In View with the confident strength of a Hollywood star".

"In View is devoted to capturing and exploring the pain and confusion of loss and subsequent will give you a new understanding of the broken side of our world".

"The overall effect is an emotionally suffocating experience that, while uncomfortable, is incredibly potent".

"This is an experiential, character driven statement piece and it comes with the arsenal to match".

"A well-written and superbly acted tale of depression, remorse and regret, In View is a difficult but ultimately rewarding watch".

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Links to Critical reviews during it's cinematic release in May 2017.

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Colm Meaney ("Fred Daly") on Ciaran's Scriptwriting

"The script was powerful and very moving and they were great characters...there were a lot of stage directions in the script with Fred; his mannerisms, his slightly OCD thing, his walk.  We had a good clue of who he was..."

Sunday Business Post

Byrne and his screenwriter, Ciaran Creagh, should be commended for telling this simple story without recourse to syrupy messaging or contrived melodrama, elegantly blending their story with John Conroy’s vivid photography to gradually construct an emotionally recognisable whole. From the chill melancholy of the opening sequences, Parked builds towards a sort of redemption as Fred comes to learn that the things that make for a well-lived life - friendship, purpose and love - are not products of economic wealth, but the rewards of kindness, courage and compassion.

Avoiding what seems like recent cliché Parked isn't one of those shambolic Irish crime capers that have dominated our screens of late. Instead, you'll find yourself wryly chuckling while simultaneously offering condolences during this bittersweet film, with characters that are easy to warm to and maintain a sizable depth throughout (a sensitivity that shines from the writing as much as the performances) the movie never has to resort to more obviously broad tropes of comedy.

Close-Up Film

"...Brilliantly written dialogue..."

The Squawker – Dallas International Film Festival Review.

“A magnificent movie from Ireland, made sure that the viewer felt as though what was happening on the screen was as real as any documentary may be. …a screenplay that simply refuses to take the audience as a bunch of dummies, providing needlessly thorough back-story or transparent melodrama. Indeed, the relationships in this film, especially between Meaney’s Fred and Morgan’s Cathal, shouldn’t – and wouldn’t – make sense in real life, but here, they are natural and heart-warming.”

"Playwright Ciarán Creagh's script finds a nice balance between over-dramatising the events and deliberately downplaying them. The burgeoning romance between Fred and Jules never gives over to melodrama - watching them go through the will they/wont they there is a yearning that the ante would be upped and there can be certain frustration that it never does, which could be the reason it works so well. Where Creagh pulls no punches is in the depiction of the Department of Social Welfare, which isn't painted in the greatest of light.

Gareth Naughton, The Evening Echo

Parked... Beautifully understated....a well-written script by Ciaran Creagh...a touching drama that stays on the right side of melodrama and looks far better than its meagre budget permits. Creagh’s script does a nice job of avoiding the obvious while highlighting the absurdity of Fred and Cathal’s situation.

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