Lenny Abrahamson

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Lenny Abrahamson
Born Leonard Abrahamson
(1966-11-30) 30 November 1966 (age 48)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1991–present

Leonard "Lenny" Abrahamson (born 30 November 1966) is an Irish film and television director. Abrahamson is known for his films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did.

Life and career[edit]

Abrahamson was born in Dublin. In his twenties, he won a scholarship to study for a Phd in Philosophy in Stanford University. He failed to complete this however and returned to Ireland to take up filmmaking, initially directing commercials, filming a popular series of adverts for Carlsberg.[1] Abrahamson's first film was Adam & Paul, a black comedy that featured a pair of heroin addicts as they made their way around Dublin in search of a fix. The follow up film to this was 2007's Garage, starring Pat Short as a lonely petrol station attendant in rural Ireland. Both films won the IFTA award for best film.

Also in 2007, RTE screened Abrahamson's four-part TV miniseries Prosperity, which was written in collaboration with Mark O'Halloran, the co-writer of Adam and Paul and Garage. Like these two films, Prosperity focused on people on the fringes of Irish society, with each one-hour episode focusing on a specific character, including an alcoholic, a single mother, and an asylum seeker. In 2012 Abrahamson won his third IFTA for best film with What Richard Did, and was the most successful Irish film of 2012.

Abrahamson directed the film Frank, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. The film is about an eccentric musician modeled after Frank Sidebottom.[2] It stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhall. Abrahamson next directed a film adaptation Emma Donoghue's best-selling novel, Room (2015).[3] The film received very positive reviews.[4]

In 2014, it was announced that Abrahamson would direct an adaptation of Laird Hunt's Civil War novel Neverhome.[5]



TV series[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Irish Film & Television Awards

  • Best Director for Film – Adam & Paul (2004) Winner
  • Best Director for Film – Garage (2007) Winner
  • Best Director for Film – What Richard Did (2012) Winner
  • Best Director for Television - Prosperity (2007) Winner

Cannes Film Festival

  • C.I.C.A.E. – Garage (2007)


  1. ^ Ryan Gilbey (2013-01-03). "Lenny Abrahamson: 'Good guys can be complex, too'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  2. ^ Michael Rosser (2013-01-10). "First photo of Gyllenhaal, Fassbender and Gleeson in Frank". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  3. ^ Andreas Wiseman (2013-09-03). "Lenny Abrahamson to direct Room adaptation". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  4. ^ Niall Murphy (2015-05-18). "Irish Abroad: International rights sell out for Lenny Abrahamson’s Room". Scannain. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  5. ^ Niall Murphy (2014-09-24). "Irish Film: Lenny Abrahamson to adapt Laird Hunt’s Neverhome". Scannain. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 

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