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‘Boys Actually Do Cry’ as reviewed by James McCleary

‘Boys Actually Do Cry’ (Niamh Barry) is a short documentary which explores male mental health using a number of testimonies to try and get to the root of the relationship between the average male in Ireland and the pursuit of emotional honesty. The most immediately striking thing about the film is the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences brought to the table by the different interview subjects. One interviewee is transgender, while another was born and raised outside of Ireland. Some of them were raised in the city, others in the countryside surrounded by, in their own words, “GAA lads.” Director Niamh Barry should be commended for the wide scope of perspectives her chosen ensemble has managed to achieve.