Job is a 14 year old refugee boy in search of a new life. Brutalised at home and bullied at school, his only answer is to lash out at the world around him. He is desperate to escape the reality of his life, where physical abuse and tenderness go hand in hand.
When he finds himself in a head-to-head race with a van through the streets of Moss Side to the local boxing club, his life takes an unexpected turn for the better. Coaches Trav and Dylan, are intrigued by this lightning fast boy and take him under their wing. Has he finally found a new home?
Director Keith Farrell has spent his life in the past...or rather making films set in the past, so Rabbit Punch is a bit of a departure from his usual work. His background is as a director and writer of period drama documentaries, and he has even managed to win a few awards over the years. So it was nice to put the period costumes and corsets away and make something set in the present day.
Recent films include "A Terrible Beauty".... which tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and won the Best Documentary at the 2014 Crystal Palace International Film Festival, Best Cinematography at the 2015 Irish Film & Television Academy award's and a two part concert film/docudrama for the ABC (Australia), S4C (UK) & TG4, entitled "Death or Liberty" which won best documentary at Spotlight Documentary Film Festival and was nominated for a 2016 Irish Film & Television Academy award. His first short film "Jubilee Nurse" (also a a period drama) was lucky enough to be selected for a number of international festivals and even pick up an award or two, including the Consulate Award at the 2016 Chicago Irish Film Festival.