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Good Boy

A divorced doctor, married to his job, is becoming more estranged from his young son. A chance encounter with a dying ‘stranger’ forces him to examine life’s choices.


ALICE (50), terminally ill from lung cancer desperately wants to meet her son (MARK, 32), whom she gave up for adoption as a baby, before her death. Recognising him in a newspaper article, she visits his seaside town with her only companion, a Red Setter.

Mark’s career as a doctor has flourished to the detriment of his marriage. His wife (SOPHIE, 30) ultimately chose divorce over a husbandless marriage; however, she continues to be frustrated by his ongoing neglect of their son (CHARLIE, 6).

Alice’s quest for a meaningful encounter with Mark becomes increasingly regimented and without any success, she feels increasingly frustrated and alone.

By chance, Mark and Charlie happen upon Alice’s dog on a beach, which they subsequently return to her. On both seeing Charlie with the dog and meeting Alice, Mark begins to question his choices and decides to make steps to rebuild his family.

Ballinderry filmmaker’s short to be screened at Cannes and Belfast Film Festival
Mid-Ulster Mail – 10 April 2016

Locally shot film bound for Cannes
Down Recorder – 08 April 2015

Locals actors star in Dundrum film shoot
Mourne Observer – 11 November 2014

What a ‘Good Boy’
Ulster Tattler – 01 March 2015

Dundrum premiere for new short film
Down Recorder – 28 January 2015

New film gets a first screening in Dundrum
Down Recorder – 28 January 2015

Local actors star in new short film
Mourne Observer – 12 November 2014

Winner: Best Screenplay, L.A. Shorts Awards 2015.

Nominated: Best Short Screenplay; Best Cinematography, Portsmouth Int’l FF 2015.


Court Métrage – Short Film Corner – Festival de Cannes (May 2015), France.

Massachusetts Independent Film Festival (Aug 2015), USA.

Portsmouth International Film Festival (Sep 2015), UK.

Henley Film Festival (Sep 2015), UK.

Guam–USA International Film Festival (Sep 2015), USA. Paris

Independent Film Festival (Nov 2015), France.

OJAI Film Festival (Nov 2015), USA.

Belfast Film Festival (Apr 2016), NI.

Director/Editor: Conan McIvor

Writer: Michael J. Daly

Producer: John McIlduff

Director of Photography: Angus Mitchell

Composer: Ryan Molloy

Laura Hughes (Alice)
Declan Rodgers (Mark)
Sara Dylan (Sophie)
Joshua Webster (Charlie)
Brighdin Gilroy (Mrs Clarke)
Dillon (Red Setter)