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    Unique ID Code: 0000102784
    Added by: Stuart McLean
    Added on: 27/4/2008 16:00
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    Borstal Boy

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    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 90 Minutes
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    Content Type: Movie

    Peter Sheridan, the acclaimed Irish theatre director and brother of film director Jim Sheridan (MY LEFT FOOT) makes his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of playwright, novelist, and political rogue Brendan Behan's autobiographical tale. In 1939, sixteen-year-old IRA recruit Behan (Shawn Hatosy), hides TNT in his trousers and boards a ferry for England, eager to further the Irish Republic's cause. Nabbed immediately by police, the underage Behan evades the hangman's noose, and is sentenced to four years at an English 'borstal', or reform school, run by the paternal Governor Joyce (Michael York). The cocky idealist, now living with the enemy--troubled boys that Brendan finds remarkably similar to himself--quickly begins planning his escape. To his dismay, Brendan becomes the object of handsome thief Charlie Millwall's (Danny Dyer) wistful homosexual affections. The young Irishman fights against association with a 'poofter', but in spite of himself, grows closer to Charlie. Meanwhile, Brendan begins a tenuous relationship with Joyce's daughter, Elizabeth (Eva Birthistle), a literate and upper crust painter. Hatosy and Dyer deliver nuanced performances that enhance Sheridan's loving homage to a literary legend's youthful exploration of sexuality and creativity.

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    Directed By:
    Peter Sheridan

    Written By:

    Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Michael York,

    Casting By:
    Maureen Hughes

    Soundtrack By:
    Original Music by
    Stephen McKeon

    Steohen O'Connell

    Costume Designer:
    Marie Tierney

    Judy Counihan
    Nye Heron
    Arthur Lappin
    Pat Moylan

    Executive Producer:
    Jim Sheridan

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