Borstal Boy

Directed by Peter Sheridan On the 1st of March

Ireland/UK - 2000- Color - 91' - English and Irish with English subtitles
With Shawn Hatosy, Michael York, and Eva Birthistle

Nye Heron and Peter Sheridan
Ciarán Tanham
Stephen O'Connell
Produced by :
: Strand releasing
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A biopic of the period in 1941 during which Irish writer Brendan Behan spent in juvenile prison in England after being arrested while on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool. In prison, Behan is forced to live face-to-face with those he perceived as “the enemy,” a confrontation that reveals a deep inner conflict in the young Brendan and forces a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing.
*This feature film will be preceded by the screening of a series of three short films by director Ken Wardrop: “Farwell Packets of Ten” (2007, 4′, colour, English), “Undressing my Mother” (2004, 5′, colour, English), and “Scoring” (2007, 3′, colour, English)*

Director biography


Peter Sheridan (born 1952) is an Irish playwright, screenwriter and director. His plays have a lyrical, vivid style amid tough dialog highlighting the difficulty and the promise of life in Ireland’s capital. In 1980 he was writer-in-residence in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and his short film, The Breakfast, won several European awards. He is the brother of the film director Jim Sheridan.