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Tuesday Night

Tuesday Night is a comedy about the sensationalised media representation of trans people, and the burdens of local planning regulation.

Lynne is an all-business stockbroker on a busy schedule, with an axe to grind about an inconsiderate neighbour – He’s just put up a new shed way too close to her house and Lynne is having none of it.

When she makes a complaint to the local police, she runs up against detective Frank. Raised on hard-boiled Hollywood movies and crass crime dramas, Frank can’t get over Lynne’s trans status. Desperate and bored, he creates a sensational fantasy world for himself, with Lynne as the face of a gritty underground, rich in murder, kidnapping and all sorts of other depravities.

And while Lynne’s first instinct is to squash this guy like a bug, she decides a better option might be to use him to her advantage. Sorting out the illegal shed comes first.

Starring Bethany Black (Doctor Who, Channel 4’s Banana) and Sean Duggan (The Lobster), Tuesday Night premiered at Dublin’s prestigious GAZE film festival in August 2017. It’s the second short by Dublin-based writer-director Michael Healy, featuring his award-winning brand of fresh, cosmopolitan and cinematic comedy.

  • Michael Healy
    Would You Like Some Toast?, Listen to the Experts, This Is the Business, All the News There Is
  • Michael Healy
    Would You Like Some Toast?, Listen to the Experts, This Is the Business, All the News There Is
  • Richard Wade
    Pondering’s resident producer, Richard is in charge of development and production management. His producing credits include Pondering's first, successful short, "Would you Like Some Toast?" roles with the History Channel’s Vikings, RTE’s Irish Pictorial Weekly and feature film projects for Ripple World Pictures.
  • Bethany Black
    Key Cast
    Dr Who, Tofu, Cucumber, Banana
  • Sean Duggan
    Key Cast
    The Man Who Invented Christmas, The Lobster, Striking Out, Killing Bono, Clean Break
  • Karen Healy
    Key Cast
    Would You Like Some Toast?, Irish Pictorial Weekly (Blinder Films) Shenanigans (Reuben Feels) Mates (Two Box Productions) This Is the Business (Pondering Media) All the News There Is (Pondering Media)
  • Gosia Zur
    Director of Photography
    The Betrayal, Reel: Irish Women, Monged, Make My Day
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    14 minutes 53 seconds
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    July 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 EUR
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  • GAZE International LGBT Film Festival
    August 6, 2017
    Irish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • OFFline Film Festival
    October 14, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Irish Film Festival London
    United Kingdom
    December 2, 2017
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Irish Reels Film Festival
    United States
    December 30, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Shebeen Flick
    March 16, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Still Voices Film Festival
    August 17, 2018
    In Competition
  • Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    United States
    September 27, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Bristol Independent Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 15, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Queerbee LGBT Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 29, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Michael Healy

Michael Healy was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and graduated from Trinity College with a first class honours degree in Film Studies. A talented comedic writer-director, he has worked in film, advertising and radio. His web series Listen to the Experts won Best Comedy at the 2016 Dublin Web Fest. His debut short, Would You Like Some Toast, headlined the comedy evening at the 2017 London Short Film Festival and has screened in Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere. Tuesday Night is his second short film.

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Director Statement

When I first pitched the movie to a potential backer, I described our trans protagonist Lynne like this: She’s not a victim and certainly not a villain. She’s somebody with a rich private life and a stressful job, and she doesn’t have time to wait around for the world to catch up. Like everyone, she’s got endearing and off-putting qualities (determination but also a little snobbery). I mean, she’s a stockbroker – and I’ve never met a stockbroker I really, fully liked.

The investor looked me dead in the eye and said ‘hm – both my parents are stockbrokers.’ He didn’t invest.

But that’s the heart of Tuesday Night – our protagonist has far too much going on to wait for Frank, the small-town policeman creating a conspiracy out of Lynne’s incidental trans status – to figure it out. Our crew worked hard to create a cold but colourful environment suitably informed by Frank’s media-driven delusions (about trans people, about police work etc) for Lynne to roll her eyes at and shut down - while Bethany, Sean and Karen gave us some excellent performances, nailing our story’s contrasts with pitch-perfect comic timing.

I hope audiences will find our characters new and interesting, and our story fresh and relevant. Mostly thought, I hope they laugh.

- Mike