Borstal Boy


Inspired by legendary Irish playwright and poet Brendan Behan’s extraordinary memoir, Borstal Boy depicts the artistic and sexual awakenings in sixteen-year-old IRA soldier Behan during a term in an English reform school. Forced to live among the “enemy,” the idealistic Behan (Shawn Hatosy) gradually discovers he actually likes the English. Adding to his confusion, he finds himself longing for his best mate, Charlie (Danny Dyer).  Director Peter Sheridan’s moving film beautifully captures a boy on the brink of manhood confronting feelings that challenge his entire identity.

(Appeared in Empire Magazine)