Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’ selected to screen at 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Lenny Abrahamson’s much anticipated film What Richard Did will receive its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, which is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world.  Abrahamson’s film is also set for a 5th October  cinema release in Ireland.

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 in one furious, reckless moment 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 acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes Garage and Adam & Paul.

Speaking on the selection of his film Abrahamson said that he’s “delighted to premiere What Richard Did  at Toronto. It’s a great festival and an ideal launch for the film.”

Producer Ed Guiney  commented “We are incredibly proud of Lenny Abrahamson’s new film What Richard Did . I can’t think of a better way to launch it internationally than at the Toronto International Film Festival where it will have its world premiere ahead of its release in Ireland in October.”

Irish audiences will get an opportunity to see What Richard Did  when it goes on theatrical release through Element Pictures Distribution on 5th October 2012.

The Toronto International Film Festival will take place from 6-16 September 2012.






(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 nell@elementpictures.ie



Volunteer Extras Needed For New Film From The Makers Of ‘Adam and Paul’ and ‘Garage’


WHAT RICHARD DID is a low-budget feature film to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Prosperity, Garage) this September and October. Shooting takes place for 5 weeks in Dublin 4, Dublin City Centre, Brittas Bay and County Wicklow. The film will be produced by Element Pictures (The Guard and The Wind that Shakes the Barley).


The story follows a group of friends over the course of the summer following their Leaving Cert exams, in particular “Richard”, a popular, school sports star with great prospects until one night his life is changed forever.


The ensemble main cast, aged between 17 and 20, have been workshopping the script since last November with Lenny and writer, Malcolm Campbell.


We are seeking enthusiastic volunteer film Extras with availability during September and early October 2011 for a number of party and large group scenes in the film. These roles are unpaid.

Apart from making a valuable contribution to this low-budget film, volunteering as an Extra is a great way to meet new people, see the inner workings of the film industry and be part of the film’s success.

As a low-budget feature film, we appreciate the support and dedication of all of our volunteer film Extras. Volunteer briefings and social gatherings will be arranged pre and during the production, giving Extras an opportunity to meet members of the WHAT RICHARD DID cast and crew and a chance to chat to fellow 18 – 22 year old Extras before shooting begins.

Catering will be provided during filming and transport will be provided from Dublin to scheduled shoots in County Wicklow.

All Extras will receive a thank you gift and will be invited to an exclusive screening of WHAT RICHARD DID, allowing you to see the feature film before the general public.

If you are between 18 and 22 years old and are interested please send a recent photo with your contact details to Shell on whatricharddidextras@gmail.com by Wednesday 7th September 2011.

How to apply:

Enquiries should be referred to: Shell Holden

Email: whatricharddidextras@gmail.com

Mobile: 086 152 2200

Facebook group: ‘What Richard Did Extras’ http://on.fb.me/oAoDrI


Abrahamson, O'Conor & Gildea Teaching at Filmbase


Filmbase Training is planning its busiest autumn ever: launching several brand new courses and hosting talks and seminars with industry experts from home and abroad. After building on six years of success as an Apple Training Centre, Filmbase has also recently added several Adobe Certified Courses to their range of professional industry training. The upcoming speakers and tutors include make up artist Terri Pinnell (Portrait of a Zombie), actor Hugh O’Conor (My Left Foot), casting director Thyrza Ging (Savage) and directors Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul) and Sonya Gildea (Bua).

Filmbase can now deliver Adobe courses taught by certified trainers in all the applications of the Adobe Creative Suite. Similar to the Apple courses, students will have the opportunity to sit exams and upgrade their credentials by becoming Adobe Certified Experts. A course entitled Illustrator Essentials is fully booked but there is still a chance for individuals to secure a place on InDesign in September and Photoshop or Premiere Pro in October. For further information and to book a place, contact Alessandro Molatore (alessandro@filmbase.ie) and Paul Schwer (paul@filmbase.ie)

For anyone applying for funding or seeking private film finance filmmaker Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance Film Festival will be in Filmbase on Friday the 24th of September (2-5pm) to deliver a Masterclass on ‘Creating a Business Plan’. This will enable participants to prepare a business plan for presenting to industry funding sources and to private investors.

Other seminars in September include ‘The Business of Acting’ on Tuesday the 7th (6.30-8.30) with panelists Thyrza Ging, Lenny Abrahamson and Hugh O’ Conor. For more information on the event and panelists visit www.filmbase.ie

In addition to this the group has also organised a course specifically aimed at actors entitled ‘Auditioning for Film and TV’. The course starts on Thursday, September 9th and will be lead by Thyrza Ging and Hugh O’ Conor. Running over two Thursday evenings and one weekend, all students will be recorded in a mock audition, view playback and get candid feedback and tips for improving screen performance. All students will also receive a DVD of their audition.

The rest of the September line up includes a new three-day ‘Shoot to Edit’ course from the 15th to the 17th of September with Tanya Doyle (The House). This will cover shooting and editing sequences and interviews – ideal for those working in documentary, TV journalism or indeed anyone who wants to shoot short videos. A new intensive Directing weekend course with Sonya Gildea entitled ‘The Directors’ Craft – Visual Storytelling’ will run on the 18th and 19th of September and will look to banish all misconceptions about what a Director does. This course is aimed towards anyone planning to direct for the first time or looking to improve their skills.

Eight evenings of ‘Film Appreciation’ will also start on the 21st with Robert Furze of Dublin City University who will explore the history of cinema. Also scheduled is ‘Special Effects Make Up’ with Terri Pinnell on the 16th and 17th of October, ‘Hollywood Scriptwriting’ with James Bartlett on the 19th of November and much more including Screenwriting, Producing, Camera, Lighting Design and Sound for TV and Film.

For information on all of the above contact Gráinne MacLoone grainne@filmbase.ie and Simon Eustace simon@filmbase.ie Check www.filmbase.ie for details. Filmbase is grant aided by The Arts Council.


Give Me Direction Screenwriting Conference

Bord Scannan na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced three guest curators as part of the Give Me Direction Screenwriting Conference 2010. The programme consists of a day and half of public interviews, debates, screenings and readings, on the topic of comedy in filmmaking.

Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, Prosperity), Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Angelo’s), and Pat McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto) will select some of the people they think are funny and smart who will in turn talk about and screen some of the things that they think are funny and smart.

The event will take place in Dublin from Thursday 17th – Friday 18th June 2010. Further details of the event and the release date for tickets will be announced shortly.

Give Me Direction is run in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

For more information visit www.irishfilmboard.ie


Film Ireland Debate

Going Places
Going Places

Issue 123 carried an article – ‘Going Places’, written by guest editor Kevin Moriarty – which intended to stimulate some debate on the reasons why Irish films are generally perceived to underperform at the Irish box office. We are delighted that a number of people, representing a cross-section of the Irish film community have responded.

– Read extract from the article ‘Going Places’ here
– Read response from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson here


Garage Nominated for Three Evening Standard Awards

Lenny Abrahamson’s Garage has been nominated in three categories for an Evening Standard Award matching Frost/Nixon for the most nominations. Lenny Abrahamson is up for Best Director, while Mark O’Halloran is in the running for best Screenplay, and Pat Shortt features in the Best Actor category.

Already the recipient of numerous awards, including the CICAE Prize Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 2007 and four IFTA’s. Garage tells the story of Josie (Pat Shortt), a harmless misfit as he searches for intimacy over the course of a summer which sees his life changed forever.

Steve McQueen’s Hunger is up for Best Film Award, while Michael Fassbender has been nominated for the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Bobby Sands in the same film.

The Evening Standard Awards were founded in 1973 and have honoured some of the biggest talents in filmmaking.