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He came from a faraway galaxy. A place that you can only imagine when looking up at the clear night sky—somewhere beyond the twinkling stars. He is… Zonad! Well, actually, he's just an overweight bloke who just broke out of rehab (and happens to be wearing a tight, red vinyl bodysuit and helmet). Promising to return for a fellow inmate injured during the getaway, Zonad instead ends up in the quaint Irish hamlet of Ballymoran, a town with all the modern-day conveniences but that seems to be stuck in an episode of Father Knows Best. He is discovered in the Cassidy house, and after a night of stargazing the family is quick to label him a visitor from outer space.

Soon Zonad is a local celebrity, milking everything he can get: free room and board from the Cassidys, bottomless drinks at the local pub, and the adoration of all the town's teenage girls (especially the lovely Jenny Cassidy). Everything is going great for Zonad, until his fellow escapee shows up as… Bonad! Directors John Carney (director of Oscar® winner Once) and Kieren Carney have concocted a hilarious, zany romp that goes down like a nice pint of Guinness.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 78 minutes
Language: English
Country: Ireland
Premiere: International
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Simon Delaney, David Pearse, Janice Byrne, Rory Keenan, Donna Dent, Geoff Minogue
Directors: John Carney, Kieran Carney
Screenwriter: John Carney, Kieran Carney
Producers: Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, John McDonnell
Editor: Nathan Nugent, Paul Mullen
Director of Photography: Peter Robertson
Production Designer: Susie Cullen
Composer: Brian Byrne
Press Contacts

Print Source
Paula Heffernan
Element Pictures
Dublin, 4
Phone: +353 1 618 5032

Print Source
Paula Heffernan
Element Pictures
Dublin, 4
Phone: +353 1 618 5032

About the Director(s)
John Carney and Kieran Carney were born in Dublin. John's films include November Afternoon, On the Edge, and the musical Once, which won the Audience Award at Sundance and an Oscar® for best song. Kiernan is the co-creator, writer, and director of the hit television drama series Bachelors Walk and a writer/director of the comedy series The Last Furlong. John and Kiernan are developing the feature Sing Street.


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