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."

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.