The Butcher Boy

Directed by Neil Jordan On the 29th of February

Ireland - 1997 - Color - 110' - English
With Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, and Sinead O’ Connor.

Neil Jordan and Pat McCabe
Adrian Biddle
Tony Lawson
Produced by :
The Geffen Film Company
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A tragicomic drama adapted from a 1992 novel by Patrick McCabe of the same name. Set in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy is about Francis Brady (Eamonn Owens), a 12-year-old boy, who becomes a problem child due to his dysfunctional family, and displays uncontrollable brutality when he grows up, descending slowly into madness.

*This feature will be preceded by the short film “Separation Agency” (2009, 5′, color, English,) dir.: Shane Martin*

** Actor Stephen Rea will attend the screening and lead a discussion with the audience following the film**

***The screening and discussion will be followed by a food and drinks reception in the Lobby of the cinema***

Director biography


When John Boorman was filming “Excalibur” in Ireland, he recruited Jordan as a script consultant, which led to his doing second unit work. His first feature “Angel”, a tale of a musician caught up in the “Troubles”, starred Stephen Rea who has subsequently appeared in almost all of Jordan’s films to date. As a writer/director, Jordan has a highly idiosyncratic body of work, ranging from mainstream hits like “Interview with the Vampire” to commercial failures like “We’re No Angels” to a variety of more personal, low-budget arthouse pictures.

festival & award


Winner: Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the European Film Award.