Following a bad breakup, relationship councillor Cormac Kavanagh starts sleeping with his clients in a misguided attempt to reignite their passions. His bedroom adventures soon lead him into dangerous territory and he starts falling for Flor, the attractive young private detective assigned to investigate his affairs. Flor’s speciality is entrapping married men in honeytrap stings, and dealing with a succession of untrustworthy boyfriends. Things are further complicated when Cormac’s well-meaning cousin Al tries a spot of amateur matchmaking to get him back with his ex-wife, just as he’s preoccupied trying to save his neck by fixing the marriage of one very dangerous client.
In a twisting comedy of misunderstandings, deceit and danger it’s going to take a lot before everyone recognises true love and discovers the secrets of How To Be Happy.
This film was shot as part of the Filmbase Masters in Digital Feature Film Production Course.
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Galway Film Fleadh – New Irish Cinema
ABOUT THE CAST
Since his IFTA nomination for Love/Hate in 2009, Brian’s career has gone from strength to strength starring in such Hollywood blockbusters as The Eagle in 2010 and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012. Brian’s unending work with films made in Ireland has lead to him taking on lead roles in such Irish productions as the Stay, the Stag and Standbythis year alone.
Gemma-Leah Devereux started her acting career in RTE’s critically acclaimed The Tudors, and she has shown no signs of slowing down since. She took to the independent film circuit, appearing in a number of short films, as well as playing the lead in Conor McMahon’s Stitches. In 2013, she also landed a role in BBC’s Casualty.
Stephen’s first acting role was in A Thousand Times Good Night where he acted across from the Oscar winner Juliette Binoche. Since then he has worked on Donal Foreman’s Out of Here and Brendan Grants Get Up and Go. His role in How to be Happymarks his first of many lead roles in Irish cinema.
Taking up the acting mantle when he was in his 30s, Brian Fortune has since become a fixture in Irish and British cinema. No stranger to independent and studio work, Brian has also recently taken to the small screen, including appearances in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Alongside How to be Happy, Brian also appears in Cold, which is also debuting at this years Galway Film Fleadh.
Carrie Crowley, the former presenter of the Eurovision song contest, has recently been causing a stir in the independent film world in Ireland. Last year, she appeared in Earthbound, whilst this year appearing in Stay and How to be Happy, as well as on the Irish set production of Vikings. Last year she also recieved an IFTA nomination for Rasai na Gaillimhe.
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