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Song for a Raggy Boy

by Subotica Entertainment

Synopsis

Based on a true story, ‘Song for a Raggy Boy’ is the tale of one man’s courage to stand up and fight the regime of a boys’ Catholic Reform School in 1939 Ireland.

William Franklin’s story is a powerful and dramatic journey from the bullet riddled streets of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War to the confined walls of a Reformatory School. He soon witnesses the priests systematic cruelty and abuse of the boys. A beautifully staged period piece brought to life by critically acclaimed performances, ‘Song for a Raggy Boy’ is a film dedicated to the importance of hope and self-belief in even the most difficult of circumstances.

Reviews

Remarkably powerful, heartbreaking drama. A superb achievement.

Irish Times, Michael Dwyer

A great film made brilliant by the sheer power of the acting. Aidan Quinn and Iain Glen are magnificent.

An absorbing, affecting drama.

Variety

Awards

International Awards – 14 wins & 6 nominations including:

Irish Film And Television Awards 2004:
Won Best Cinematography (Peter Robertson)
Nominated Best Film Director (Aisling Walsh)
Nominated Best Actor in a Film (Aidan Quinn)
Nominated Best Irish Film

Amiens International Film Festival 2003:
Audience Award Best Feature Film
Golden Unicorn Best Feature Film

Copenhagen International Film Festival 2003:
Won Best Film

Credits

Aidan Quinn
William Franklin
Iain Glen
Brother John
Marc Warren
Brother Mac
Dudley Sutton
Brother Tom
Alan Devlin
Father Damian
Stuart Graham
Brother Whelan
John Travers
Liam Mercier
Chris Newman
Patrick Delaney
Andrew Simpson
Gerard Peters
Mark Butler
Downey
Bernard Manning
Rogers
Samuel Bright
Ryan
Robert Sheehan
O Reilly
Caoimhin Barra Doherty
Murphy
Michael McGee
Lynch
John Collins
O Connor
Michael Scott
Flynn
Robert White
Galvin
Michael Sloan
Sean Peters
Claus Bue
Bishop Conlon
Jude Sweeney
Father O’Driscoll
Joe O’Gorman
Sergeant Fitzpatrick
Simone Bendix
Rosa
Danny Sapani
Preston
Juan José Ballesta
Ernesto
Director
Aisling Walsh
Writers
Patrick Galvin
Kevin Byron Murphy
Aisling Walsh
Producers
Tristan Lynch
Dominic Wright
John McDonnel
Kevin Byron Murphy


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Glen impresses as he delivers words of pure menace with chilling sanctimony. He haunts the memory.