Element Pictures Distribution is pleased to announce the forthcoming Irish DVD release of MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, the critically acclaimed latest feature documentary from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.  Winner of this year’s George Morrison IFTA award for Best Documentary, MEA MAXIMA CULPA also took the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival.

MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD explores the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them.

Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD features the voices of Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan and John Slattery.  The DVD, which includes English subtitles, will be available to buy nationwide from 22nd March.  Purchase your copy today from the Element Pictures Distribution Shop


Element Pictures Distribution is thrilled with the news that WHAT RICHARD DID picked up Best Screenplay at last night’s Evening Standard Film Awards, which attracts high-profile guests from the worlds of stage and screen.

Speaking on his win, writer Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS) is “really chuffed …. working with Lenny and that amazing cast was such a lovely experience. For the film to have been so well-received in the UK and in Ireland is amazing and way beyond my expectations. It was such a surprise and to receive the award from Jack made it even more special”

Campbell is also up for an award at this year’s IFTA’s along with another 10 nominations for WHAT RICHARD DID, including Best Director, Best Film and Best Actor. Jack Reynor, who recently landed a leading role in Transformers 4 is also nominated in the Rising Star category.

WHAT RICHARD DID was the best performing Irish film in the Irish box-office in 2012 and received huge praise from critics and audiences alike both here and internationally.

IRISH DVD and On-Demand Release for WHAT RICHARD DID on Feb 8


Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce the forthcoming Irish DVD and on-demand release of WHAT RICHARD DID.  Nominated for ten Irish Film and Television (IFTA) awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Script, WHAT RICHARD DID is also nominated for Best Screenplay at this year’s London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

WHAT RICHARD DID is available to rent exclusively from Xtra-vision from 25th January and to buy on DVD and watch on-demand from 8th February.  The DVD can be ordered now from the Element Pictures Distribution shop for delivery upon release.

DVD Special features include: Audio Commentary with director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Malcolm Campbell and Director’s Interview.

WHAT RICHARD DID follows Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor), golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him.

DVD will be available to buy nationwide.  Stockists include:  Xtra-vision, Golden Discs,Tesco’s, Heatons and Tower Records.  Stream or Download online via


Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce the Irish DVD release of Pat Collins’ critically-acclaimed feature debut SILENCE.  SILENCE will be available to buy on DVD from Nov 16th.  Stockists include Tower Records, Golden Discs and the IFI shop or you can buy the DVD online from the Element Pictures Distribution Shop or as a digital download on Volta

“I was always fascinated by the folklore collectors who went around Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s – people like Seamus Ennis and Seán Ó hEochaidh – travelling from house to house, collecting stories and songs.  I wanted to make a film about a similar person, but I wanted it to be set in a contemporary context, so the film evolved from being about a folklore collector to being a sound recordist.”

Eoghan is a sound recordist returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years – to record landscapes free from man-made sound.  His quest takes him to remote terrain, away from towns and villages.  Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, SILENCE unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.