Conal is a 22-year-old with Down's Syndrome and totally full of heavy metal attitude, because he wants to be a rock star, regardless of the job path his mom picked
Conal is a 22-year-old with Down's Syndrome and totally full of heavy metal attitude, because he wants to be a rock star, regardless of the job path his mom picked out for him. His sister, Gemma, 18, is off to university in Scotland in a few weeks, but Conal really wants her to stay home, so he hatches a plan for one last big adventure with his sister. Tricking Gemma into taking him for a non-existent job interview, they miss the train and end up on a tour bus where things get a bit out of hand. When Gemma suggests they head home Conal reveals his plan - he has tickets for a rock concert in Belfast that night. What happens next involves vodka, crisps, a tractor crash, losing the tickets, a sports car and getting lost in Belfast. Will they find each other? And more importantly, will they get to the concert? View Ups & Downs Trailer 2019 | 80 mins
- Director/ Writer: Eoin Cleland
- Producer: Kevin Jackson and Justin Binding.
- Cast: James Martin, Rosie Barry, Susan Lynch, Keith McErlean, and Thomas Finnegan
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