Director and screenwriter Lenny Abrahamson joins Seamus Heaney Centre lecturer Michael West in conversation.
Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Some of Lenny’s other work includes: Garage, Adam and Paul, What Richard Did and Frank.
His latest TV series, Normal People, a 12-episodes series for BBC, Hulu and RTE, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s Man Booker long-listed novel of the same name was released in 2020. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
He is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4, A Man's World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4 and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran.
Michael West has written for over 30 productions, including translations, adaptations — and many collaborations with The Corn Exchange theatre company, such as The Fall of the Second Republic, Dubin By Lamplight, Man of Valour and Freefall. Other work includes the stage adaptation of Solar Bones, Conservatory, FRNKNSTN and Foley. He joined the Seamus Heaney Centre in 2018.
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