‘Drifting’ tells the story of Cian and Pat, best friends who have been joined at the hip since they were kids and have the run of their small town in the midlands. Cian is content to coast through a life of booze and casual hook-ups while Pat has grown weary of his surroundings. The film takes place over 24 hours where Cian’s erratic behaviour pushes Pat to breaking point. The film is an exploration of the effects of emigrations and the unspoken tenderness in male friendship.

Director Bio

Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney are an Irish writer/director duo. Their second upcoming short film ‘Drifting’ stars Paul Mescal (Normal People), Dafhyd Flynn (Michael Inside) and Lorcan Cranitch (The Dig). It will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh this summer and has been acquired for worldwide distribution by Network Ireland Television. Their first short film ‘Angels Guard Thee’ was funded by Longford Arts Council in 2018 and starred Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones) and John Quinn (Love/Hate). The film premiered at Cork Film Festival that year and went on to screen at 15 festivals worldwide before being broadcast on RTÉ in late 2019.


  • Directed by:Robert Higgins & Patrick McGivney
  • Written by:Robert Higgins & Patrick McGivney
  • Produced by:Robert Higgins & Patrick McGivney
  • Runtime:14 mins
  • Completion Date:July 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:Ireland
  • Country of Filming:Ireland
  • Language:English
  • Category:Made In The Midlands / Irish Live-Action
  • Selection:Main Competition - Programme 20
  • In Person Screening Time & Venue:Nov 4th Ballymahon Library 7 - 8pm

    Nov 6th Bridgeways Ballymahon 6 - 7pm
  • Online Screening TimeNov 5th 10am - 10pm

    Nov 7th 10am - 10pm
  • Links: Website Instagram

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