Adam and Paul

    • Director

      Lenny Abrahamson

    • Credits

      Producer: Johnny Speers. Writer: Mark O'Halloran

    • Principal Cast

      Mark O'Halloran, Tom Murphy

  • Category


Abrahamson’s first feature and his first collaboration with actor/writer Mark O’Halloran grew from an idea concerning the lives of the inner-city junkies that O’Halloran passed daily on the streets of Dublin. Eschewing a socially realist approach to their material, director and writer spent a long period developing their screenplay into something far more complex and subtle than Loach on the Liffey and, in the process, moulded a new approach to Irish cinema. Adam & Paul is a unique hybrid of European influences and Dublin sensibilities shot through with an absurdist and often comic vision in the service of a deeply sensitive portrait of drug addiction. Central to its success is the assured consistency of its tone, but all of its elements – script, music, camera work, use of locations and the utterly convincing central performances of O’Halloran and the late, wonderful Tom Murphy – make it not only an astonishing debut, but a film to view and review.

Notes by Tony Tracy.

Best Director Award at the 2nd Irish Film and Television Awards 2004.
Audience Award for Best First Feature at the 16th Galway Film Fleadh 2004.

83 minutes, Ireland, 2004, Colour

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