To mark Lenny Abrahamson's visit to Belfast Film Festival we screen one of his earlier films.

Lenny Abrahamson and Mark O’Halloran, the team behind the award-winning 2004 comedy drama Adan and Paul, reunite for this riff on Irish stereotypes concerning a dim-witted gas-station attendant named Josie (Pat Shortt) whose search for love and acceptance comes only a close second to his quest to find the optimum place to display his motor oil. In his own way Josie has found happiness in his quiet, rural existence, yet a growing hunger for intimacy will soon change his lonely life in ways he could never have imagined.


Garage is superbly paced and controlled, and Abrahamson creates something visually stunning with landscapes that, like the English fenland, are beautiful yet daunting. As I say, I wondered if there might not have been other fates he could have dreamt up for Josie: but this is a gem of a film nonetheless, and Shortt’s performance is outstanding.