(Lenny Abrahamson’s Adam and Paul)

Element Pictures are delighted to announce that Principal Photography begins this week on Lenny Abrahamson’s new film WHAT RICHARD DID. 


Set in present day Dublin the story follows a group of privileged teens over the course of the summer after they leave school, focusing in particular on Richard, a popular sports star, whose life is changed forever after a senseless act of violence.

WHAT RICHARD DID is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, Prosperity), written by Malcolm Campbell (SkinsShameless), produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe both of Element Pictures (The GuardThe Wind that Shakes the Barley). It is loosely based on Kevin Powers award winning 2008 novel Bad Day at Blackrock.

The film stars an ensemble of young Irish actors including Jack Reynor, Sam Keeley and Roisin Murphy as well as established talent including Lorraine Pilkington and Lars Mikkelsen (star of the Danish hit series, The Killing)

The film will shoot in and around Dublin and Wicklow for 5 weeks and is backed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures.

Irish audiences will get the chance to see WHAT RICHARD DID in 2012 when it’s released through Element Pictures Distribution.

For Further Information please call Nell Roddy on 01 618 5032 or email


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