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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The Snapper

Fortnight 1993, Feature film, 1 h 30


Welcome to the helter-skelter Curley household. At the head of it is Dessie Curley, a plasterer who likes getting plastered. The root is actually ruled by his wife Kay who is also in her early forties. She is a bright, resourceful woman which is just as well because she has a lot to contend with – not least her six children. Craig, the eldest, is soon to return from a six month tour of duty in the Lebanon with the UN peace-keeping force. He fancies himself as a bit of a hard man. Sharon, a twenty-year-old supermarket assistant, has recently been behaving rather oddly. Sonny is a sixteen-year-old tearaway and lippy with it. Lisa, at 14, is very self-conscious but her almost permanent scowl hides a terrific sense of humour. Darren is a budding cyclist who wants a racing bike for his birthday and – last but not least – Kimberly, 11, the accident-prone baby of the family, is a dedicated drum majorette. And then there’s Famine the dog. Dessie is afraid of Famine. This typical, cheerful, noisy, close-knit Irish home is hit by a bombshell when Sharon announces that she pregnant. To make matters worse she refuses to name the father. She tells her mates down the pub that he is a Spanish sailor but is she telling the truth?


Stephen Frears

He was born in Great Britain ( Leicester ). He assisted Karel Reisz, Albert Finney and Lindsay Anderson. He was a director for TV ( 21 films in 15 years ). His most famous dramas were A Day Out, Long Distance Information and December Flower, for example. He started working for cinema in 1971 when he made Gumshoe; he then directed The Hit, shown at The Directors’ Frotnight in 1984. He was successful with My Beautiful Laundrette. He recently made two full length feature films in the USA. He came back in Great Britain with The Snapper.

Ciara Duffy
Colm Meaney
Colm O’Byrne
Eanna MacLiam
Joanne Gerrard
Peter Rowen
Ruth McCabe
Tina Kellegher

Roddy Doyle d’’après son roman.

Oliver Stapleton

Kieran Horgan

Mick Audsley

Stanley Myers

Set decoration
Mark Geraghty

Production : BBC, Londres, Grande-Bretagne Vente à l’étranger : The Sales Company, Londres, Grande-Bretagne