FILM: What Richard Did (15)

A single reckless act has tragic consequences in Lenny Abrahamson’s slow-burning drama based on the novel Bad Day In Blackrock by Kevin Power.

Eighteen-year-old Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor) is a model student and son who is close to his parents, Peter (Lars Mikkelsen) and Catherine (Lorraine Pilkington).

The young man takes a shine to pretty and popular school friend Lara (Roisin Murphy), who used to date his rugby team-mate Conor (Sam Keeley). Richard becomes jealous of Lara’s close relationship with her old flame and he turns to the bottle.

Following one boozy house party, he lashes out and there are terrible consequences. As Richard struggles to come to terms with his guilt, his father Peter must decide whether he should protect his boy at all costs or sacrifice his own flesh and blood for the sake of justice.

Released: January 11 (UK, selected cinemas), 88 mins