Malcolm Campbell

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What Richard Did

Winner: Best Screenplay Evening Standard Film Awards
Producer Ed Guiney Director Lenny Abrahamson Starring
  • Sam Keeley
  • Lars Mikkelsen
  • Roisin Murphy
  • Lorraine Pilkington
    Production Company Element Pictures

    Candid and beautiful, What Richard Did traces the fateful story of a gifted and gilded Dublin teenager whose future is compromised after a senseless act of violence.

    The story follows a group of friends over the course of the summer following their Leaving Cert exams, in particular “Richard”, a popular, school sports star with great prospects until one night his life is changed forever.

    Malcolm's adaptation was on the prestigious 2010 'Brit List' of most recommended unproduced films. The film received its world première on 9th September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was selected for the London Film Festival 2012.

    What Richard Did

    The film scrutinizes this affluent milieu with a nonjudgmental attitude that makes its impact all the more devastating Critics Pick

    Stephen Holden
    New York Times

    a remarkably impressive film... a familiar story, but one handled with subtly and compassion

    Mark Adams
    Screen Daily

    a classy piece of work which convincingly captures the emotionally complex, morally murky texture of real life Stephen Dalton
    The Hollywood Reporter

    something remarkable: a moral study which never feels like a lecture, a bracingly real film about teens which is not patronising and a gripping melodrama which swerves sentiment. Tom Huddleston
    Time Out
    Full Review

    a subdued yet infinitely disturbing portrait of a teenager... when the movie's deliberately clamped-down feel cracks open, watch out: the howl it unleashes is terrifying to behold Matt Wolf
    The Arts Desk

    the beauty of the film is that, although it appears to sympathise with Richard's crime, it never actually lets him, or the film's entirely lovingly photographed middle-class milieu, off the hook

    Kevin Maher
    The Times
    Full Review

    thought-provoking, perceptive film-making. It's both acutely tense and morally complex

    Wendy Ide
    The Times
    Full Review

    a complex, subtle drama about self-confident teenagers... an engrossing and intelligent drama that throbs in the mind for hours after the final credits. Peter Bradshaw
    The Guardian

    Malcolm Campbell delivers an acutely compassionate account of unshakeable guilt. Tom Robey
    The Telegraph

    Malcolm Campbell's script develops a sharp undertow of dread as the aftermath of what Richard did starts to haunt. It's a morality tale which trusts the audience to deduce the moral.... Seriously good Anthony Quinn
    The Independent

    Powerful and thought provoking, it is a masterpiece. ***** Tom White
    The Movie Bit

    a startling piece of work. **** Gavin Burke

    a measured human drama set in a Dublin rarely seen on screen. It’s easily the best and most important Irish film since, well, Garage George Byrne

    [a] stark, rewarding cautionary tale... quietly remarkable

    Tom Huddleston
    Time Out