Michael Inside

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Michael Inside
Michael Inside.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Berry
Written byFrank Berry
Produced by
  • Donna Eperon
  • Tristan Orpen Lynch
  • Aoife O'Sullivan
CinematographyTom Comerford
Edited byColin Campbell
Music byDaragh O'Toole
Distributed byWildcard Distribution
Release dates
Running time
96 minutes
Box office€53,255 ($61,017)[1]

Michael Inside is a 2017 Irish prison film, written, directed and co-produced by Frank Berry. It was nominated for four Irish Film & Television Awards and won the Best Film prize.


18-year-old Michael McCrea lives with his grandfather in a Dublin housing estate. Michael's father is in prison and his mother died of an overdose when he was young. Michael aims to put his life on the right path and find work, but he is caught in possession of a bag of drugs belonging to the older brother of a friend, and sentenced to three months imprisonment.


During the film's production, research was undertaken using discussions with offenders who had passed through the Irish Prison Service's Pathways programme.[2] Filming took place in Cork Prison (the old building, closed in 2016) and Dublin and received funding from the Irish Film Board.[3]


Michael Inside premiered at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh, and also played at the 2017 Cork Film Festival.[4] It went on general release in Ireland on 6 April 2018.[5]


Michael Inside has received critical acclaim in Ireland. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100%, based on 14 reviews, and an average rating of 9/10.[6] It earned five-star reviews from Joe.ie and entertainment.ie.[citation needed]


Awards Category Recipients and nominees Result
Cork Film Festival Audience Award[7] Michael Inside Won
Galway Film Fleadh Best Irish Film[8] Michael Inside Won
Bingham Ray New Talent Award Dafhyd Flynn Won
Donna Eperon Nominated
Irish Film & Television Awards Best Film Michael Inside Won
Best Director Frank Berry Nominated
Best Script Frank Berry Nominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role Dafhyd Flynn Nominated


  1. ^ "Michael Inside (2018) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Michael Inside". Galway Film Fleadh. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Michael Inside". Irish Film Board. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. ^ steven (8 January 2018). "Review of Irish Film @ Cork Film Festival: Michael Inside". Film Ireland. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  5. ^ Murray, Suzanne (24 January 2018). "Michael Inside to be released in Irish cinemas this April". Wildcard Distribution. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Michael Inside (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Cork Film Festival 2017 Award Winners Announced". Irish Film and Television Network. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ "29th Galway Film Fleadh award winners". Galway Film Fleadh. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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