Goldfish Memory

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Goldfish Memory
Goldfish Memory FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Elizabeth Gill
Produced by Breda Walsh
Written by Elizabeth Gill
Starring Sean Campion
Fiona O'Shaughnessy
Fiona Glascott
Music by Richie Buckley
Cinematography Ken Byrne
Edited by Dermot Diskin
Distributed by Wolfe Video
Release date
  • 2003 (2003)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English
Budget € 900,000

Goldfish Memory is a 2003 feature film about everyday relationships, set and filmed in Dublin. It was written and directed by Elizabeth Gill.


The movie is set around a small group of characters experiencing relationships which build and crumble before the viewers' eyes. The title of the film refers to the belief, expressed by several of characters, that the goldfish retains a memory of something for only three seconds. Tom, one of the principal characters in the film, draws comparisons between this and the human tendency to jump from one relationship to the next, "forgetting" the pain that any previous one might have caused. The film shows complexities involved in straight, gay, lesbian, and bisexual relationships. Writer/director Liz Gill says the film was influenced by the work of directors Robert Altman and Richard Linklater, particularly Linklater's film Slacker.


Sean Campion, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Fiona Glascott, Peter Gaynor, Keith McErlean, Stuart Graham, Lise Hearns, Jean Butler, Justine Mitchell, Aisling O'Neill, Demien McAdam, Tony Brown, Flora Montgomery.


The film's soundtrack acted as something of a showcase for the Irish alternative music scene of the time. Alongside relatively established bands like The Frames and The Walls, it also featured up and coming acts like Rodrigo y Gabriela, Nina Hynes and Messiah J and the Expert.

Four songs by the legendary Brazilian Bossa Nova composer Tom Jobim were remade for the movie, three of which ('Once I Loved', 'Waters of March' and 'Desafinado') were performed by Damien Rice with Lisa Hannigan (vocals) and Vyvienne Long (cello). The other ('Lamento No Morro') was performed by Richie Buckley.

Critical reaction[edit]

Peter Bradshaw, writing in The Guardian, described Goldfish Memory as a "forgettable" and "vapid relationship comedy, reminiscent of the sponsorship ads that wrap around the commercials during TV's Friends".[1]


  1. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (8 October 2004). "Goldfish Memory". The Guardian. 

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