Paul Mescal’s short film Drifting will premiere on RTÉ this Monday

Drifting, a new short film written and directed by Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, will have its TV premiere on RTÉ on Monday evening at 11.55pm as part of its Shortscreen programme.

The film stars Bafta winner Paul Mescal (Normal People), Dafhyd Flynn (Michael Inside), Lorcan Cranitch (The Dig), Simone Collins (The Last Duel) and Jarlath Tivnan (Angels Guard Thee).

Electronic producer Daithí created an original score for the film.

Drifting tells the story of Cian and Pat, best friends who have been joined at the hip since they were children and who run their small Midlands town.

Cian is content to navigate a life of booze and casual encounters while Pat has grown weary of his surroundings. The film unfolds over 24 hours when Cian’s erratic behavior pushes Pat to the breaking point.

Paul Mescal appears in the short film.

The film is an exploration of the effects of emigration and the unspoken tenderness of male friendship.

The short film was shot in Longford with the help of Creative Ireland Longford and was produced by Longford natives Chris Higgins, Tomás Devaney and Jason Gaynor.

The film was shot by award-winning cinematographer Simon Crowe, edited by Ciaran Murray, edited by James Latimer and with color grading provided by Leandro Arouca.

Writer/director Robert Higgins said: “We are delighted that Drifting is having its TV premiere as part of RTÉ’s Shortscreen programme. This film has been a real passion project for us from the beginning and the whole community of Granard has rowed behind us to help bring it to fruition. We are really excited to share it with everyone.

Writer/director Patrick McGivney said: “Drifting is a very personal film for both of us and bringing it to life with such a talented cast and crew has been an incredible experience. We are thrilled that he is having his first TV as part of Shortscreen.