32AWinner of the Tiernan McBride Screenwriting Award, 'Best First Feature' at the Galway Film Fleadh 2007
Dublin, 1979. MAEVE is 13 going on 14, striding, lurching, sometimes stumbling on the road from girlhood to womanhood. Today she's reached a new milestone: she's going to put on her brand-new bra for the very first time. Maeve and her best pals RUTH, CLAIRE and ORLA realize that it's a lot harder than they thought to become a woman. There's the matter of breasts, for example, which troubles and fascinates Maeve. And, of course, there are boys. Like the dashing, curly-haired 16-year-old heartthrob BRIAN. Who would have thought that sweet, quiet, unspectacularly pretty Maeve would snare him? But she seems to - and begins to neglect school and her friends to be with him. When he dumps her, she's devastated; but the biggest blow comes when she's rejected by her best friends for having let them down when they needed her. Becoming an adult doesn't seem like such a great idea anymore. Aware that her first steps toward womanhood were misguided, Maeve returns to the fold a little wiser as her friends rally around for her 14th birthday.