Following on from last month’s announcement that WHAT RICHARD DID will screen at Toronto International Film festival, Element Pictures are delighted to announce that Lenny Abrahamson’s next feature has been selected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival this October.

WHAT RICHARD DID follows Richard Karlsen, 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. Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, WHAT RICHARD DID is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.

Adapted from Kevin Power’s novel BAD DAY IN BLACKROCK and written by Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS), WHAT RICHARD DID is the third film from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes GARAGE and ADAM & PAUL. The film features an ensemble of young Irish actors including Jack Reynor, Sam Keeley and Róisín Murphy as well as established talent including Lorraine Pilkington and Lars Mikkelsen (star of the Danish hit series, THE KILLING).

Director Lenny Abrahamson commented on the selection of his film, saying that “I’m delighted to have been invited to screen What Richard Did at this years’ London Film Festival. I discovered with my last film that the LFF is a real film makers’ festival which attracts great audiences so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Producer Ed Guiney added that “We are so proud of What Richard Did and thrilled that UK audiences will first get to see it at the wonderful LFF “

The 56th BFI London Film Festival will take place from October 10 – 21.

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WHAT RICHARD DID will be released in Irish Cinemas on October 5th.

The European Premiere of What Richard Did will screen as part of the Gala Closing Night Screening of IFI20, September’s month-long celebration of 20 years of the Irish Film Institute at its premises in Temple Bar, Dublin. Founded in 1943, the Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.