The Butcher Boy (Ireland)Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for a screening of The Butcher Boy hosted by author Patrick McCabe (Ireland) and a special guest, folklorist Henry Glassie.
Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another, Francie’s world sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia (directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor) and fantasy (where he has visions of the Virgin Mary).
The film won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival in 1998 and a Special Mention for Owens’ “astonishing lead”. It also won the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer for Adrian Biddle. The Butcher Boy is Neil Jordan’s tenth feature film and Geffen Pictures’ final production.
Patrick McCabe and Henry Glassie will do a Q&A after.
Patrick McCabe, born in Ireland in 1955, has authored many novels including The Dead School, The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, Winterwood and Hello Mr. Bones. Movies include The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, both directed by Neil Jordan.
His next work is Leaves in Heaven, a play to be premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival next year.