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What Richard Did; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Mission to Lars; TinkerBell and the Secret of the Wings

The Irish director Lenny Abrahamson really is a remarkable film-maker. His debut feature, Adam & Paul, updated the existential black comedy of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, with two addicts scraping their way through the underbelly of Dublin to grimly comic effect. Garage built upon the acting promise of its predecessor as Abrahamson drew exceptional performances from an ensemble cast including Pat Shortt and Anne-Marie Duff. Both films are eclipsed, however, by What Richard Did (2012, Artificial Eye, 15), a tale of youth, privilege, denial and tragedy that confirms Abrahamson as both a major cinematic talent and a distinctive directorial voice.

Adapted by screenwriter Malcolm Campbell from Kevin Power's book Bad Day in Blackrock (which drew inspiration from real-life events still fresh in the minds of many), this deceptively low-key drama centres on Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor), a handsome, »

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