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Brooklyn (film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Crowley
Produced by
  • Finola Dwyer
  • Amanda Posey
Screenplay by Nick Hornby
Based on Brooklyn 
by Colm Tóibín
Music by Michael Brook
Cinematography Yves Bélanger
Edited by Jake Roberts
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 26 January 2015 (2015-01-26) (Sundance)
  • 6 November 2015 (2015-11-06)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
Language English
Budget €9 million

Brooklyn is a 2015 historical period drama film directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name. The film, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, will be theatrically released on 6 November 2015.[2]

The film is an international co-production between companies in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Canada.


Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of the USA, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's (Jane Brennan) home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.



Principal photography began on 1 April 2014 in Ireland, and was shot for three weeks at different locations including Enniscorthy, Wexford and Dublin.[3][4][5]

After finishing production in Ireland, it then moved to Montreal, Canada for a four weeks further shoot at the Memorial chapter house of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.[4] On the first day of shooting, Ronan was spotted in period costume on the set in Enniscorthy.[6][7]


Brooklyn premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 26 January 2015.After it premiered a bidding war began between The Weinstein Company, Focus Features amongst others. Fox Searchlight Pictures prevailed in the end and acquired U.S. and other international territories for $9 million the following day.The deal was one of the biggest to ever come out of Sundance[8] It was selected to be shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[9]

The film opens on limited release in the U.S. on November 4 and in Canada on November 20.


The film premiered at Sundance 2015 to a rapturous standing ovation.It also premiered at TIFF, NYFF, BFI LFF amongst others to universal acclaim. Brooklyn currently has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The performances of Saoirse, Emory and Julie have received much praise with some stating that Academy Award nominations are on the cards for Saoirse and the film.


At the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, Brooklyn won the People's Choice Award.[10] It won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Category at the Mill Valley Film Festival 2015. Saoirse Ronan won the New Hollywood Award at the Hollywood Film Awards 2015 for her performance in Brooklyn. Emory Cohen won Best Newcomer at the Hamptons International Film Festival 2015..


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