(2002) Dir. Kieron J Walsh
Brendan is out of touch. In school, his pupils ignore him and his fellow teachers give him a wide berth. His enthusiasm for old movies borders on obsession and even his love of music doesn’t help him to connect with the world. Then one night, over his lonely pint of Guinness, he meets Trudy. Beautiful, extrovert and fast-talking, she drags him out of his black-and-white dreams into a full colour world. But what Brendan could never guess is that it’s not just his heart she’s breaking and entering…
(1999) – RTÉ. Dir Kieron J Walsh
Hell For Leather was commissioned by RTÉ as part of a series of half-hour, two-hander, single location plays by six leading contemporary Irish writers.
A Catholic single mother and a Protestant career woman meet at the funeral of a priest only to discover there was more to the deceased than they realised.
(1996) Dir Stephen Frears
Bimbo (Donal O’Kelly) is brokenhearted at being laid off. His best friend Larry (Colm Meaney) hasn’t held down a job in ages. During World Cup fever these two fast friends cook up a get-quick-rich scheme that may be a dream come true or a living nightmare.
(1994) – four-part series for BBC Dir Michael Winterbottom
Family is set in much the same working-class milieu Doyle portrayed in his Barrytown Trilogy, but its tone is much harsher. This four-part serial was written for the BBC and was aired in England and Ireland to great acclaim, attention, and controversy over its handling of the topic of domestic abuse. The overall story is the break-up of a family, the parents separating and the effect on the family dynamic.
(1993) Dir Stephen Frears
One little secret is about to cause a big, big commotion. When the oldest daughter of a riotous, close-knit family announces her unexpected pregnancy, everyone wants to know who fathered the ‘snapper’ she’s carrying. But Sharon’s refusal to reveal anything about her predicament sends the neighbourhood into a tizzy.
(1991) Co-written with Dick Clement and Ian LeFrenais Dir Alan Parker
The Commitments, based on Roddy Doyle’s novel, follows the enjoyable travails of a band cobbled together by young Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), whose vision is to bring soul music to Dublin. After putting an ad in the local paper, Jimmy assembles an unlikely group of musicians who, though nervous, raw, and rough, make music that speaks to something very near the hearts of their Dublin audience. As the band nears its big break, egos clash and expectations of fame and fortune start to tear them apart. The Commitments bubbles over with life, pumped along by killer 1960s soul tunes and crackling throughout with quick-witted dialogue, The Commitments is an effervescent, affecting tour through working-class Dublin.