IFI20: Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’ is Gala Closing Night Screening

The European Premiere of What Richard Did by Lenny Abrahamson to be the Gala Closing Night Screening of IFI20, September’s month-long celebration of 20 years of the IFI in Temple Bar

IFI20, in association with Element Pictures Distribution, will present the European premiere of the hotly anticipated new film by Lenny Abrahamson, director of award-winning Garage and Adam & Paul. What Richard Did is a striking portrait of the fall of Richard, golden-boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, whose world unravels one summer night. This special screening on the 30th September at 7.30pm will be attended by Lenny Abrahamson and will be the closing night of IFI20, the month-long celebration of twenty years of the IFI in Temple Bar.

Lenny Abrahamson said ‘The IFI has been a big part of my cinema life over the last 20 years – both as a viewer and a maker – and I have a deep affection for the building and for the institution as a whole. So I am delighted that What Richard Did will have its European premiere there. It feels like home.

What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.

Featuring 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). Written by Malcolm Campbell (Skins, Shameless), What Richard Did is the third film from one of Ireland’s most admired filmmaking talents.

WHAT RICHARD DID is produced by Ed Guiney with Andrew Lowe as executive producer for Element Pictures and marks the third feature film between Element Pictures and Lenny Abrahamson.

Tickets are available through the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at www.ifi.ie.


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