Thursday July 16, 2020

Interview: David Freyne talks about Dating Amber, his new buddy comedy

Like the protagonist of his new movie, David Freyne grew up gay in ‘a hyper-masculine place’, but his film recalls the warmth and humour of that time as well as the pain and awkwardness

31st May, 2020
David Freyne, writer and director of Dating Amber, on set during filming. Picture: Bernard Walsh

Down the video-conferencing line from his home in London, David Freyne is explaining how his new comedy Dating Amber is both a coming-of-age story and a coming-out story when I notice the fiddly software we’re using has not recorded any of our conversation.

Freyne, a 37-year-old Kildare man with a lockdown quiff and a neatly-trimmed beard, is in full flow when I have to stop him mid-sentence, apologise, and ask if he can...

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