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TitleINTERMISSION
Production companyBrown Sauce Film Productions
Company of Wolves
Parallel Film Productions Ltd.
Portman Film
SponsorBórd Scánnán na hEireann/Irish Film Board
UK Film Council
Country of originIreland
Great Britain
ProducerJORDAN, Neil
MOLONEY, Alan
WOOLLEY, Stephen
DirectorCROWLEY, John
Script/AdaptationO'ROWE, Mark
PhotographyLENCZEWSKI, Ryszard
Sound recordingDEASY, Brendan
ALBAN, Tom
EditingZUCHETTI, Lucia
Art directionCULLEN, Susie
Production designCONROY, Tom
Costume designMUGAN, Lorna Marie
Executive producerSEHRING, Jonathan
STONEMAN, Rod
TRIJBITS, Paul
WHALLEY, Tristan
Associate producerERRAUGHT, John
MULLEN, Susan
TURNER, Romany
Music composerMURPHY, John
CastColin Farrell (Lehiff), Kerry Condon (café waitress), Johnny Thompson (old man in café), Emma Bolger (child with ice cream), Deirdre Molloy (woman in shopping Mall), Cillian Murphy (John), Brian F. O'Byrne (Mick), Derry Power (elderly man on bus), David Wilmot (Oscar), Owen Roe (Mr. Henderson), Neilí Conroy (Helen), Kelly MacDonald (Deirdre), John Rogan (Alfred), Tom Farrelly (George), Gerry Moore (Seamus Ruane), Colm Meaney (Jerry Lynch), Deirdre O'Kane (Noeleen), Michael McElhatton (Sam), Ger Ryan (Maura), Mikel Murfi (rabbit man), Tomas O'Suilleabhain (Ben Campion), Pat Laffan (Charlie O'Brien), Rory Keenan (Anthony Lowry), Darragh Kelly (Thomas Downes), Shirley Henderson (Sally), Hannah McCabe (store assistant), Donagh Deeney (Danny the Busman), Taylor Molloy (Philip (the boy)), Barbara Bergin (Karen), Tom Jordasn Murphy (Brian - video store manager), Conor Lovett (Mr. Leonard), Conleth Hill (Robert), Pascal Scott (Maurice), Norma Sheahan (student #1), Cathy Belton (student #2), Jeremy Anthony Earls (student #3), Catherine Farrell (student #4), Laurence Kinlan (drug dealer), Patrick Murray (drug customer), Conor McDermottroe (detective #1), Denis Conway (detective #2), Jeff O'Toole (Thomas), Conor Lambert (nightclub barman), Simon Delaney (Bill), Ruth McCabe (Celia), Jane Brennan (Mrs. Rooney), David Herlihy (Tony, security guard), Michael Hayes (Garda officer), Stewart Donnan (Cathal), Karl Shiels (Wayne).
Colourcol
SoundDolby Digital
Duration105
Release date2003
CopyIFA
SummaryDublin suburbs, the present. John stacks supermarket shelves with his friend Oscar. He is recently split up from his girlfriend Deirdre, who has since begun seeing Sam, a bank manager. Sam's abandoned wife Noleen begins a relationship with Oscar. Initially excited by her violent approach to sex, Oscar soon decides she is too dangerous for him. Deirdre;'s tacticturn sister Sally is suffering the aftermath of an abusive relationship. She acts heroically when a bus she was traveling on crashes. The driver is John's friend Mick. Only he knows the crash was caused by a young hooligan throwing a brick through the window. In a pub Mick runs into petty thief Lehiff, who ropes him and John into a scheme to rob Sam's bank. Disguised, the trio break into Sam and Deirdre's house and hold Deirdre hostage. John and Mick take Sam off to get the money. John is keen to make Sam suffer, but when he realises how violent Lehiff can be he regrets his involvement. When Noleen turns up at the bank and assaults Sam, John and Mick flee. When John realises Lehiff has hit Deirdre, he attacks him. Lehiff flees. Detective Gerry Lynch, a gruff loner about whom television reporter Ben is making a documentary, has a long-running feud with Lehiff. Spotting the criminal's car, Lynch drives after him. They end up in the countryside. With Ben filming, Lynch lays down his weapon and prepares to have a fist fight with Lehiff. But the criminal has a gun and shoots the detective. Mick, meanwhile, has a car accident chasing the young vandals who threw the rock at the bus and is perched over the edge of a canal. The hooligan pushes the car into the water. All ends happily. Oscar strikes up a relationship with Sally. Mick's legs have been broken, but he's the wheelchair champion at the local pub. Lynch has recovered from the shooting (Ben intervened to save him). John and Deirdre get back together.
ReferenceIrish Times (The Ticket), 21/8/03:2-3, ‘Tough Guys: That's a Wrap’, profile of director John Crowley who talks about directing his first feature Intermission (Michael Dwyer).

Sunday Business Post (Agenda), 24/8/03, ‘Superb casting in lively Intermission’, positive review of Intermission (Helen Boylan).

Sunday Tribune (Art Life), 24/8/03: 2, 'Intermission': Irish Filmscene's Big Break', a look at John Crowley's and Mark O'Rowe's background in theatre influences 'Intermission' (Ciaran Carty).

Irish Times (The Ticket), 28/8/03:8, ‘Black Stuff is Pure Genius’, positive review of Intermission (Michael Dwyer).

Sunday Independent (Living and Leisure), 31/8/03:16, ‘Tallaght boy more than suburban cipher’, Mark O'Rowe talks about writing the screenplay for Intermission (Ciara Dwyer).

Sunday Tribune (Art Life), 31/8/03:7, ‘'Intermission' never lets up’, positive review of Intermission (Ciaran Carty).

Irish Times, 11/10/03:8, ‘'Intermission' gets 11 film award nominations’, Intermission receives 11 Irish Film and Television Awards nominations (Michael Dwyer).

Irish Times (The Ticket), 16/10/03:9, ‘Reel News: 'Intermission' director takes UIP prize’, John Crowley wins best director award at the annual UIP Awards for his feature debut Intermission (Michael Dwyer).

Sunday Tribune (Magazine), 19/10/03:35, ‘Off Cue’, Intermission wins rave review in the Hollywood Reporter.

Sunday Tribune (Magazine), 26/10/03:37, ‘Off Cue’,John Crowley's 'Intermission' obvious winner of UIP's best feature director award worth 20,000 euro (Ciaran Carty).

The Guardian (Friday Review), 28/11/03, negative review of Intermission; 'Boorish and conceited ensemble comedy'.

Sunday Tribune (Magazine), 30/11/03:5, ‘Photograph of Colin Farrell at the UK premiere of 'Intermission'’.

Sunday Business Post (Agenda), 21/12/03:2, ‘40 under 40’, short piece detailing why Mark O'Rowe is one of a group of successful Irish under 40s to watch out for in the future (Simon Carswell).

Film Ireland, Issue 94, Sept/Oct 2003:34 (Mauren Buggy).

Irish Times (Weekend), 21/9/02:5, ‘Intermission is the full picture’, Louise East pays a visit to the set of Intermission (Louise East).

Sunday Tribune, 8/9/02:5, ‘Love is all around on film set in Finglas’, Helen Murray visits the set of Intermission and talks to extra Michael Becker (Helen Murray).

In Production, October 2003 Volume 6 Number 5:19, ‘Box Office Figures for Irish and Irish Interest films from 1999 to 2003 (to date)’.
Format35mm
Super 16
DistributorBuena Vista International (2003) (Ireland) (theatrical) Buena Vista International (2003) (UK) (theatrical) A-Film Distribution (Netherlands) Alpha Filmes Ltda. (2004) (Brazil) (DVD) Alpha Filmes Ltda. (2004) (Brazil) (VHS) Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2005) (Switzerland) (DVD) At Entertainment Inc. (2005) (Japan) (theatrical) DreamWorks Distribution LLC Ekaterinburg Art (EA) (Russia) FF Film & Music (2003) (Hungary) (all media) Golem Distribución S.L. (Spain) Hoyts Distribution (2004) (Australia) (theatrical) IFC Films (2004) (USA) (theatrical) Mikado (2004) (Italy) (theatrical) Paradiso Home Entertainment (2005) (Netherlands) (theatrical) Rosebud (2004) (Greece) (theatrical) Scanbox Sweden (2004) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Production creditsp.c.: Brown Sauce Film Productions, Company of Wolves, Parallel Film Productions Ltd., Portman Film, spon: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, UK Film Council, p: Neil Jordan, Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, exec.p.: Jonathan Sehring, Rod Stoneman, Paul Trijbits, Tristan Whalley, assoc.p: John Erraught, Susan Mullen, Romany Turner, line.p: Des Martin, d: John Crowley, sc: Mark O'Rowe, dop: Ryszard Lenczewski, ed: Lucia Zucchetti, a.ed: Pani Ahmadi-Moore, Clint Withington, online ed: Simon Brook, m: John Murphy, s.: Brendan Deasy, p.dsgn.: Tom Conroy, art d.: Susie Cullen, a.art d.: Barbara Dempsey, cost: Lorna Marie Mugan, cast: Jina Jay, make-up: Lynn Johnson, a.make-up: Barbara Conway, hair: Lorraine Glynn, Conor McAllister, ward: super: Judith Devlin, line p.m.: Des Martin, post-p.super: Caroline McManus. a.d.: Tony Aherne, Suzanne Nicell, Susan Drennan, 2nd unit.d.: Patrick Condren, trainee.a.d.: John Wallace, dress.props: Maximilian Aita, stagehand: Anthony Arkins, David Chambers, carpenter: Paschal Farrell, Austin Connolly, Matt Kirwan, Bryan O'Flaherty, Liam O'Riain, Jim Moore, dress.props: Alan Dunne, Gerard Lanigan, Darragh Lewis, Michael Flood, Emma Hunt, Carmel O'Connor, painter: Darren Keenan, Alan Scott, Sean Scott, Alan Siggins, dub.mix: Tim Alban, s.ed.: Antonia Bates, Alex Joseph, super.s.ed.: Paul Davies, s.re-rd.mix: Richard Davey, ADR rec: Dave Sloss, Paul Lynch, ADR mix: Colette Dahanne, ADR voice cast: Brendan Donnison, score rec: Daniel L. Griffiths, score mix: Doug Trantow, score.p: Daniel L. Griffiths, m.super: Abi Leland, s.effs.ed.: Christian Koefoed, s.trainee: Ian Johns, boom op: Eddie Quinn, visual effs: Julia Blake, Simon Burley, Avishay Sweiry, Howard Watkins, stunt.co-ord: Patrick Condren, Joe Condren, stunts: Paul Burke, Anthony Condren, Brendan Condren, Paddy Condren, p.a.: Mariangela Angelucci, Sarah Jordan, Cian McDonald, p.co-ord.: Cliodhna Colgan,post-p.a.: Alice Greenland, a.p.co-ord.: Dorothy McDonnell, p.accnt: Karen McSwiney, Sophie Tebbit, sc.super: Renee Foley Burke, c.op (2nd unit): Ronan Fox, clapper loader: Fionn Comerford, focus puller: Richie Donnelly, grip: Luke Quigley, loc.m.: Ger Daly, stills: Tom Collins, a.loc.m.: Basfi Hope-Ross, Michael Swan, dial coach: Majella Hurley, armourer: John McKenna, sp.effs: Team FX Ltd. facilities: Cine Electric Ltd. Lighting Equipment, EMI Records, Lip Sync Post digital transfer to 35 mm: Professional Negative Cutting Ltd., negative cutting: Screenscene post-production, St. Anne's Post Production, The Offline Editing Company post-production: Videolondon Sound Studios, ADR Facilities.
RightsParallel Films
Tel +353 1 671 8555, Fax +353 1 671 8242
parallelfilms@eircom.net

Company of Wolves
Tel +44 207 344 8090, Fax +44 207 344 8091 cofwolves@aol.com
Genre/CategoryFeature Film Drama
Comedy Thriller
KeywordsCrime
Youth
Bank robbery
Holligans
Bus drivers
Supermarkets
Relationships
Violence
Sex
Detectives
Filmmakers
Dublin
2000s
Working Class Communities

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