After only five days in cinemas, the acclaimed Irish drama Rialto will be available online from Friday as the team behind the Tom Vaughan-Lawlor-starring film try to find the widest audience possible in the wake of the country moving to Level 3. 

With cinemas closed under Covid-19 regulations, Rialto will be available on the streaming services IFI@Home, Volta, Barbican Cinema on Demand and Curzon Home Cinema from Friday. It was released in cinemas around the country last Friday, and it had been hoped that a Dublin release would take place when the original Level 3 restrictions were due to be lifted.

Rialto tells the story of Colm (Vaughan-Lawlor), a family man who has worked all his life on the Dublin docks. The recent death of his alcoholic father and a takeover at his place of work leads the 46-year-old to question everything that anchors him in the world. 

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Colm in Rialto - "It's been one of the most rewarding jobs of my career"

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment last week, Love/Hate star Vaughan-Lawlor said he knew he had to make the film after reading the first scene.

"I suppose a lot of characters I've played before are kind of high-energy, intense, high-tempo characters," he continued.

"I've played a lot of those. Whereas Colm's the opposite: he's a man who's very low-key in everything he does, or has been very low-key, so his tempo is slower. He's more aware, he's hidden and he's damaged. He's raw on the inside. 

"It's about a man who hates his body and hates himself and feels so physically self-conscious that he's concealing himself"

"Practically, because I was in every scene of the film, I was on set all day, every day, which is a joy because the material was so strong and the scenes were so brilliant and the cast around me was so incredible. But it does... By the end I was ready for a holiday!

"It was good to get to the end and then be able to kind of leave it behind me. But having said that, it's an opportunity I wouldn't have given up for the world. It's been one of the most rewarding jobs of my career."

Watch RTÉ's Arts & Media Correspondent Sinéad Crowley's report on how cinemas are reeling because of the pandemic.

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