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What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. Richard's world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night when love, pride and jealousy cause Richard to commit an act that will destroy it all and shatter the lives of those closest to him...

Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.
  • Commentary with director Lenny Abrahamson & screenwriter Malcolm Campbell
  • Interview with the director and cast
  • Theatrical trailer

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In a Dublin suburb during that magical summer between leaving school and starting college, Richard seems to have it all: popularity, respect, loving family, a hot new girlfriend. So what does he do? Naturally, he goes and blows it. Charting the slow unravelling of the boy-who-has-it-all, Abrahamson is well served by his young lead Reynor who gives a commanding performance in the lead. But the film is so matter-of-fact and so objectively aloof, it's quite hard to care about what Richard actually did.

ActorsJack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley, Gavin Drea, Fionn Walton, Lars Mikkelsen, Lorraine Pilkington, Padraic Delaney, Patrick Gibson & Liana O'Cleirigh
DirectorLeonard Abrahamson
Certificate15 years and over
Year2012
Screen2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 27 minutes (approx)