'The Stag' is a comedy that actually seems to be funny judging by the scenes in the 2-minute clip. The plot is a little more complex than just as an "Irish Hangover," as some are shorthanding it in comparison to that not-very-funny, but billion-dollar-earning American movie, with Scott's character, Davin (speaking in a delightfully lower-register voice than usual in some of the scenes) who is the best friend and best man of the groom, Fionnan (Hugh O'Conor), but is also the ex-boyfriend of the bride, played by Amy Huberman. Got a feeling there's some unresolved issue about that situation that will be dealt with as the men, accompanied by the bride's insanely wild brother known as "The Machine" and played by co-writer and actor, Peter McDonald, take to the woods for a decidedly out-of-their-comfort-zone attempt at roughing it on the beautiful and cold west coast of Ireland. A great deal of the film requires the men to be stark naked and at least in the case of Scott, the view is extremely good. McDonald was nominated for the Oscar for Best Short Film in 2012 for Pentecost, a comic film about a boy and the Catholic church, and is currently in the Chris O'Dowd television series set in Ireland, 'Moone Boy,' which can be seen here on Hulu.
'The Stag' trailer is available on Vimeo here or on Screendaily.com here. I've included it in this article, as well. The film will be given its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10. The director and co-writer is Irish novelist and television writer, John Butler, who will be in attendance.
'The Stag' has just been sold to the UK and Ireland and "Metro International Entertainment is to handle world sales for Treasure Entertainment’s comedy," according to Screendaily.com.
In even MORE film news, John Butler has been honored with the opportunity to get distribution in the United States through the Director’s Finders series where 'The Stag', his feature debut, will be screened for industry scouts at the Director’s Guild of America theater in Los Angeles on September 20.