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Directed by Rich Peppiatt
Ireland, UK
105 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Rich Peppiatt’s raucous, rude and riotously entertaining comedy stars three real-life Belfast rappers as themselves – and Michael Fassbender. Audience Award, Sundance NEXT strand.

Peppiatt’s powerfully political comedy-drama about the survival of the Irish language is something of a miracle movie. Where else in the world could the legacy of trauma produce such hilarity and crowd-pleasing entertainment? Liam Óg Ó hAnnaidh and Naoise Ó Cairealláin play themselves wonderfully in the origin story of their Belfast rap group Kneecap. We first meet them in the 2010s as drug-selling besties. More importantly, they’re staunch patriots who speak Irish as an act of cultural maintenance, and in defiance of British imperialism. When nerdy music teacher JJ Ó Dochartaigh enters the scene, he encourages the lads to turn their notebook scribblings into highly charged polemical rap songs (and becomes their DJ). What follows is a rowdy and cheerfully rude showbiz story following the trio through drug-hazed nights and clear-eyed days, as their music begins to impact the broader community while inevitably angering authorities. Subversive, sexy, unfiltered, and with a significant supporting role for Michael Fassbender, this freewheeling and finger-flipping music biopic hits all the right notes.

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The film’s infectious energy, use of in-camera effects, animation and all manner of jiggery pokery is as mesmerizing and giddy as it was when Danny Boyle used many of the same tricks for Trainspotting
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
As amusing as it is thought-provoking, Kneecap concerns the passing of the baton in an ongoing battle for the salvation of the Irish language, and of Irish sovereignty in turn
Carlos Aguilar, Variety
Rich Peppiatt’s Irish language hip-hop origin story is big, booming, and fearless
Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com


Fri 14 Jun
State Theatre
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Sat 15 Jun
State Theatre
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Sun 16 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Unclassified 18+
Ireland, UK
In English and Irish Gaelic with English subtitles
Rich Peppiatt
Trevor Birney, Jack Tarling
Móglaí Bap, Mo Chara, Michael Fassbender
Rich Peppiatt
Ryan Kernaghan
Chris Gill, Julian Ulrichs
Australian Premiere
Comedies, Festival Award Winners, Off-Beat, Music
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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