Writer and Director Aoife McArdle, 2017 (1hr48m)
Blending surreal ambiguity with biting social realism, Kissing Candice follows its titular protagonist, an epileptic teen who struggles with feelings of loneliness and isolation. When a handsome stranger aids her during one of her seizures, Candice’s world becomes an intriguing but sometimes unsettling blend of fantasy and escapism - often in ways that challenge viewers. And as her visions become more lifelike, she becomes entangled with a dangerous criminal gang, and the film often feels like a hallucinatory psychological thriller. With mesmerising cinematography and sound design, and stellar performances, Aoife McArdle’s debut film is definitely one to see on the big screen.