Special Hallowe'en Film Club: The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy is a 1997 Irish black comedy film directed by Neil Jordan. The film was based on Patrick McCabe’s 1992 novel of the same name, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jordan.

Set in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy is about Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens), a 12-year-old boy who retreats into a violent fantasy world to escape the reality of his dysfunctional family; as his circumstances worsen, his sanity deteriorates and he begins acting out, with increasing brutality. The film won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival in 1998 and a Special Mention for Owens "astonishing lead." It also won the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer for Adrian Biddle.

This program was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.