PROGRAMME | Playback Film Festival x QFTPlayer: Sweetheart

Friday 4 Jun 2021 - 7:00pm

Playback Film Festival presents the Irish Premiere of Sweetheart on QFT Player, with an exclusive interview with producer Michelle Antoniades.

About this Event

A socially awkward and environmentally conscious misfit navigates the excruciatingly awkward path into adulthood in Marley Morrison's comedy-drama, throwing herself in at the deep end with carefree lifeguard Isla.

Recently suspended AJ (Nell Barrow) is dragged out of her bedroom and down to a pastel-hued holiday park by mum Tina (Jo Hartley) who hopes the sun will do sulky AJ some good. Joining them on this hazy holiday is AJ’s neurotic and heavily pregnant older sister and her foot-rubbing, attentive boyfriend as well as their curious younger sister.

For AJ, the only thing worse than spending an entire week with her uniquely ‘un-woke’ family, is being stuck in a holiday cabin with no Wi-Fi. She’s determined to have the worst week of her life, but her plan comes unstuck when she meets Isla (Ella-Rae Smith) who sees through AJ’s uniquely adopted persona (and her bucket hat!). Although the Dorset weather is at times cloudy and cold, this summer snapshot is heartwarming from start to finish.


This event is part of Playback Film Festival: a youth-led virtual film festival hosted on #QFTPlayer from 4 - 6 June 2021, featuring films, workshops and talks programmed, produced and delivered by a group of younger cinema-goers aged 16-26. Made in collaboration with LUMI, Reimagine, Remake, Replay and Zeppo Arts.

Sweetheart will be available to watch on QFT Player on Friday 4 June at 7pm . Pre-book now to watch for FREE as part of the Playback Film Festival. Available to stream in UK and Ireland only.