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Alicia Duffy makes debut feature with All Good Children


Shot entirely in France, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in August and the first half of September, UK director Alicia Duffy’s debut feature All Good Children is now in post-production.

Co-produced by Ireland, France and Belgium, this psychological thriller has a cast including young actors Imogen Jones, David Brazil, Jack Gleeson and Austin Moulton.

Winner of third prize in the Cannes Cinéfondation competition in 2001, the director was also selected for the Croisette’s official shorts competition in 2003 with The Most Beautiful Man in the World (also nominated for a Bafta).

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Written by the director and based on Sam Taylor’s novel The Republic of Trees, All Good Children centres on Dara and Eoin, two young Irish children of 11 and 12, who have to go and live at their aunt’s house in France, following their mother’s suicide.

Eoin soon tries to run away. Terrified at the idea of being abandoned, Dara seeks comfort from young English neighbour Bella. Between them a friendship forms, turning into a true obsession for Dara.

Realising his feelings are not reciprocated, the boy retreats to the forest. Reality and dream merge and he soon sinks into madness.

Produced with a 49% investment by Ireland’s Element Pictures (Jonathan Cavendish), All Good Children has co-production backing from France’s Cinema Defacto (28% -Tom Dercourt) and Belgium’s Artémis Productions (23% - Patrick Quinet).

Made in partnership with Backup Films, the feature is supported by Eurimages, the Irish Film Board, the UK Film Council, Film Four, the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the Belgian French Community, Wallimage, the CRRAV (Nord-Pas de Calais region) and Canal+.

The title will be released theatrically by Shellac in France, Cinéart in Belgium and Element Pictures in Ireland. International sales are currently under negotiation and the film should be ready for release in spring 2010.

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(Translated from French)

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