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"Bad Day in Blackrock"

by Kevin Power

The Irish in Film
An Annotated Database

 Title  What Richard Did
Here is a slice of Irish culture we never see: the elite, private school, upper class. They live in a world of privilege believed to have departed with the flight of the British ascendancy. Inspired by a true story, this film tells of a group of rich teens enjoying their last summer before university. They spend their days in drunken leisure ending in nights of dancing, sex and more drinking - until things go horribly wrong. Are we to feel sorry for them? Perhaps the bad taste lingers in the mouth from the old days when most moneyed Irish were British implants. Still, showing the lower classes - warts and all - is common. The usual Irish are innately self deprecating, but the rich are different. The pain they feel is not for the injured parties, but for themselves. Either way they must pay the consequences of their actions. Face the law or be seen as elites, other, not Irish. See also: Boy Eats Girl for a taste of Irish suburbia. Link to reviews Click picture
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 Year   2012      Type   Drama    Rating   
 Director  Lenny Abrahamson  Writer  Malcolm Campbell
 Cast  Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Fionn Walton, Gavin Drea
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