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Short Film – The Life of Reilly


TITLE: The Life of Reilly

Funded by: Filmbase/ RTÉ Short Film Award scheme

Director: Alan Archbold
Writer: Alan Archbold and Patrick O’Donoghue
Producer: Patrick O’Donoghue
Production Company: Echo Productions

Running Time: 27 mins
Year: 1995
Language: English
Format: Super 16mm

Key Cast: Mark O’Regan, Anita Reeves, Brendan Gleeson
DOP: Seamus Deasy


This film is a mad irreverent leap through the formative years of the extremely overprotected life of John Patrick Reilly. As he shares his memories with us and introduces is to his bizarre family, we begin to understand the influence others had on him and how they complicated the journey to manhood of this typical Irish mummy’s boy.

More Information

-Premiere Prize, Hamburg International Festival 1995
-The Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival 1995

-RTE televison 1995
-France Canal +
-Spain (Canal +)
-Germany Premiere TV