The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy

In a small Irish town in the Sixties twelve-year-old Frances Brady (Eamonn Owens) loses himself in television and comic book fuelled fantasies. As his family breaks down though it’s clear Frances is more than just imaginative, and his increasingly erratic behaviour sees him sent to a reform school. After suffering abuse at the hands of a priest and slipping further into his fantasy world, Frances returns home a further broken young man and tragedy follows in his wake. The adaptation of Patrick McCabe’s lauded novel remains Jordan’s most compelling film.

The Butcher Boy

  • Director: Neil Jordan
  • Year: 1997
  • Run Time: 110 mins
  • Format: 4K
  • Country: Ireland/USA
  • Rating: MA