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Pat Moynan and Peter Sheridan - The opening of MOLL, the first production in the John B. Keane season at The Gaiety Theatre, with a portrait of the late John B. Keane by Cian McLoughlin unveiled by his wife Mary Keane - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 29th May 2014

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Peter Sheridan, Keane and Olympia - Peter Sheridan & wife Shiela Sheridan, Dublin, Ireland - at the opening night of John B Keane's 'The Field' at The Olympia Theatre - Arrivals Monday 17th January 2011

Peter Sheridan, Keane and Olympia

Noel Pearson and Peter Sheridan - Noel Pearson and Peter Sheridan Dublin, Ireland - The Gaiety Theatre launches its Spring/Summer 2010 season programme with a select guestlist of esteemed members from the thespian world Tuesday 12th January 2010

Noel Pearson and Peter Sheridan
Noel Pearson

Borstal Boy Review

Irish filmmaking has always resonated with an urgent sense of political forethought. Filmmaker Jim Sheridan diligently championed the determined spirit of tortured protagonists in gutsy pictures such as My Left Foot, The Boxer, and In the Name of the Father. In the uplifting Emerald Isle melodrama Borstal Boy, Jim's brother Peter Sheridan effectively explores the trials and tribulations of a 16-year old boy's exploits behind the unbearable confines of a British World War II borstal, a reformatory center for boys, based on charismatic Irish writer Brendan Behan's memoir. Provocative and resoundingly crafty, Borstal Boy is a solid and refined piece of moviemaking imbued with passion and attitude.

Thanks to his heavy involvement in IRA-related activities, the film opens with Brendan (Shawn Hatosy, Anywhere But Here, John Q) in jail in East Anglia, England. Among the prison-camp personalities that the overwhelmed Brendan encounters are a thieving gay sailor named Millwall (Danny Dyer), whom he eventually. He also finds a love interest in the lovely and supportive Liz (Eva Birthistle), who happens to be the daughter of the facility's presiding Governor (Michael York). Consequently, Brendan begins to shape his outlook on life, challenging what was once a rigid belief system entrenched in his conservative shell.

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