Tribeca Film today announced it has concluded a deal with Protagonist Pictures to acquire all North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did – which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing.
Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely 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.
What Richard Did is the latest feature from Abrahamson, who established his place in independent Irish cinema with his award-winning feature film debut Adam & Paul. He is backed by his regular producer Ed Guiney and executive producer Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures, and the script is written by Malcolm Campbell (Skins, Shameless) recent winner of the Evening Standard Best Screenplay award. The film was funded by The Irish Film Board and Element Pictures, and opened in the U.K. earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim.
Tribeca Film plans a theatrical Spring 2013 release day and date with on-demand platforms where it will be available in more than 40 million homes in the U.S. and Canada through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Xbox, Google Play and YouTube.