Shawn Hatosy and Danny Dyer star in this gritty adapation of Irish writer Brendan Behan’s experiences in a British borstal.
During World War II, at the age of sixteen, Brendan travelled to Liverpool with a suitcase of explosives. However his bombing mission was foiled when he was apprehended and subsequently imprisoned. Now forced to do time with the ‘enemy’, Brendan finds his staunch republican beliefs are put to the ultimate test.
SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY
Set in 1939, Song For A Raggy Boy tells the powerful story of what happens when William Franklin (Aidan Quinn), is appointed by principal of St. Jude’s Reformatory School as the only lay teacher, amongst a staff of Catholic Brothers. Franklin’s teaching methods are diametrically opposed to those of the Brothers’, who revert to the usage of verbal and physical abuse.
THE MAGDALENE SISTERS
Based on the true accounts of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland, which eventually closed in 1996 after an estimated 30,000 women had been detained, THE MAGDALENE SISTERS follows the story of three of these young women in Dublin, 1964.
Margaret (Anne-Marie Duff) is raped by her cousin at a family wedding and is considered to have shamed her family. Bernadette (Nora-Jane Noone), resident of a local orphanage, is unaware that her blossoming good looks are set to undermine her future and Rose (Dorothy Duffy) has just given birth out of wedlock and has her son forcibly removed from her. All three are sent to the Magdalene asylum against their wills.
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