Young Plato

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Director(s)Neasa Ní Chianáin, Declan McGrath
Writer(s)Etienne Essery, Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáin
CountryUK, Ireland, France, Belgium
Running Time1HR 42MINS
SeasonBest of 2022

Young Plato is a funny, poignant and inspiring documentary set in post-conflict Belfast’s Ardoyne, from filmmakers Neasa Ní Chianáin (School Life) and Declan McGrath.

It charts the dream of a maverick, Elvis-loving school headmaster, Kevin McArevey, who is determined to change the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs.

Catering for boys from the age of 4 to 11 years, Holy Cross Boys School was caught up in world media reports in 2001 when the children at their sister school, Holy Cross Girls, were threatened on their way to school by local loyalists. Teachers at Holy Cross Boys also received death threats.

Within a culture of substance abuse and high suicide rates, one inspiring headmaster is changing the narrative, helping the children of Holy Cross School and the wider community to find hope and purpose. It seems inconceivable, but the answer lay in the wisdom of the ancients: the philosophical teachings of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

Young Plato is a film about the confidence of youth, and is a tribute to the power of the possible.

It has been an amazing year for Irish film at QFT, with the top three film spots on our box office chart being occupied by films from the island of Ireland. To celebrate this remarkable achievement, we are bringing back seven of our favourite Irish films from 2022 so you can experience the joy one more time. View the season here.

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