A huge hit at QFT upon its initial release in 1989, My Left Foot launched Jim Sheridan’s international career and propelled Irish cinema onto the world stage.
The film earned Academy Awards for Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown and Brenda Fricker as Mrs Brown. It also featured a remarkable performance by Hugh O’Conor as young Christie.
This was an extraordinary achievement for a small production drawn from the autobiographical writings of a young inner-city Dubliner, Christy Brown, who had battled against cerebral palsy to become an accomplished artist. Sheridan is happy to admit that, with only a six-week course in filmmaking to his name, he learnt on the job. The apprentice became master very quickly.
“Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot must be the most passionately empathetic film about a physical affliction ever made.” – HAL HINSON, WASHINGTON POST
QFT is delighted to welcome director Jim Sheridan for a Q&A following this screening. Hosted by Brian Henry Martin.
Pat O’Connor’s legendary 1984 film Cal, based on the novel by Bernard MacLaverty, kept the doors open at QFT when times were hard.
If ever a film embodied the anarchic, irreverent spirit of Belfast then Good Vibrations is it.