The Director of Dating Amber has said it took two years to get funding for the film as financiers said it was "too funny for a gay film" and turned it down.

The film described by Director David Freyne: "Its a coming-of-age, coming out film, It's set in 1995 and in Kildare and its about two gay teenagers - Eddie and Amber - who basically decide to fake a relationship and go out in order to stop all the kind of taunts and speculation around them."

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Speaking to Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1, Freyne said he really wanted to make it because: "I am so used to seeing queer films where you are dying of aids or you are really being persecuted and its a very bleak view of your future. I've just always thought we deserved to see our experiences framed with heart and warmth and comedy."

Freyne added: "I really wanted to make that kind of film that I wished I had growing up, something that has a hopeful message, a hopeful ending. It's ultimately about these two kids who end up becoming best friends and shaping who they are to become."

"So we tried to make it a couple of years ago and kind of failed and then after a first feature it was easier, you get a lot of "nos particularly when dealing with gay characters and a lot of the nos you get is that its either too funny for a gay film - which you are actually told by financiers - or that we already have a gay film, which I think is a quota which is incredibly enraging." He said.

Discussing what he was up against Freyne explained: "I think people are used to a gay film that has to be Oscar-baity with an A-list star playing gay and that's the worthy films that get made, if you want to make something that is a really mainstream, funny gay film. It's very, very tricky because there are just not many of them."

Freyne added that the film will give actor Fionn O'Shea a chance to redeem himself after playing the much hated Jamie in Normal People alongside A Bump Along the Way's Lola Petticrew and Catastrophe writer and actor Sharon Horgan.

Dating Amber will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Thursday June 4 before opening in cinemas later this year.