Lenny Abrahamson – Ireland’s Realist

Around the time that Room won the Audience Award at the Toronto film festival back in September, I figured it would be worth doing a video essay on Ireland’s premiere film director.

News reports at the time stated that audience approval in Toronto was a good indicator that Oscar glory lay ahead for Room, and having followed Abrahamson since his television show Prosperity played on RTE I hoped I’d be able to educate international audiences who may not be familiar with his pre-Room output.

But as award shows came and went, Lenny’s remarkable directing performance in Room went unrecognised. It didn’t look like the world would be too curious about another outsider director who failed to get nominated.

Then 16th January rolled by and – to the audible shock of the gathered audience at the announcement ceremony – Lenny got nominated for a best director Oscar. Deservedly so, in my opinion. So here I take 4 and a half minutes to try and shine some light on this director who, I’m sure for some, seems to have appeared from thin air.