Film Studies presents Pat McCabe Screenings and Discussions

April 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

I want to welcome you to a screening series and conversation with award winning novelist and scriptwriter Patrick McCabe April 14/15 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Pat McCabe has been a long time collaborator with Neil Jordan on celebrated projects. McCabe's novels and their adaptations to film have gained critical and popular acclaim--often pushing the envelop in representations of sexuality, gender, violence. Indeed Jordan's adaptations of Pat McCabe's novels have provided one of the most significant explorations of Irish history in cinema.

Pat is currently Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh teaching courses on Irish film and fiction writing.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Pat lead by Colin MacCabe and Jennifer Keating-Miller.

Each ticket includes an autographed book.

Co-sponsored by CMOA, the Film Studies Program, the Department of English, and the University Center for International Studies.

Friday, April 14 at 7 pm

Michael Collins (1996)
This 1996 historical biopic stars Liam Neeson as Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. It was the winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Location and Address

Carnegie Museum of Art

Schedule of Events

April 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

Saturday, April 15 at 2 pm

The Butcher Boy (1997)
Set in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy follows 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.

April 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Saturday, April 15 at 5 pm

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
This dark comedy stars Cillian Murphy as a transgender foundling searching for love and her long-lost mother in small town Ireland and London in the 1970s.


Patrick McCabe is the author of five novels, including The Dead SchoolBreakfast on Pluto, and The Butcher Boy, which won the Irish Times' Irish Literature Prize for fiction. Author of the children's book The Adventures of Shay Mouse, McCabe also wrote the play Frank Pig Says Hello, which was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992 and has been published in the compellation Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (Methuen, 1998). The British Broadcasting Company has aired McCabe's work and his short stories have been published in the Irish Times and the Cork Examiner.