Detainment

Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continue to incite public outrage across the United Kingdom today.

  • Vincent Lambe
    Director
  • Vincent Lambe
    Writer
  • Darren Mahon
    Producer
  • Vincent Lambe
    Producer
  • Robert Dwyer-Joyce
    Producer
  • Ely Solan
    Key Cast
    “Jon”
  • Leon Hughes
    Key Cast
    “Robert”
  • Tara Breathnach
    Key Cast
    “Susan Venables”
    The Tudors
  • Will O'Connell
    Key Cast
    “Detective Dale”
    Game of Thrones, Red Rock
  • David Ryan
    Key Cast
    “Detective Scott”
    Vikings, Penny Dreadful, Titanic: Blood and Steel
  • Morgan C. Jones
    Key Cast
    “Detective Roberts”
    Game of Thrones, Vikings, Ripper Street
  • Brian Fortune
    Key Cast
    “Detective Jacobs”
    Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Professor and the Madman
  • Kathy Monahan
    Key Cast
    “Ann Thompson”
    Vikings, Red Rock, Mammal
  • Killian Sheridan
    Key Cast
    “Neil Venables”
  • Martin Phillips
    Key Cast
    “Jon's Solicitor”
    Vikings, Penny Dreadful, The Tudors
  • Patrick Jordan
    Director of Photography
  • Steve Kingston
    Production Design
  • Filip Sijanec
    Original Music
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, True Story
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 91st Academy Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 20, 2019
    Oscar Nomination for Best Live Action Short Film
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
    Clermont-Ferrand
    France
    February 1, 2019
    Official Selection - International Competition 2019
  • Odense International Film Festival
    Odense
    Denmark
    August 29, 2018
    Danish Premiere
    Winner: Grand Prix (Oscar qualifying award)
  • 58th Krakow Film Festival
    Krakow
    Poland
    May 31, 2018
    World Premiere
    Winner - Don Quixote Award
  • Young Director Awards at the Cannes Lions
    Cannes
    France
    June 21, 2018
    Winner: Special Jury Prize & Gold Screen Award
  • Irish Screen America
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 27, 2018
    Winner: Rising Star Award
  • Kerry Film Festival
    Kerry
    Ireland
    October 20, 2018
    Winner: Best Irish Short Film
  • 30th Galway Film Fleadh
    Galway
    Ireland
    August 29, 2018
    Irish Premiere
    Winner: Special Mention
  • Richard Harris International Film Festival
    Limerick
    Ireland
    October 26, 2018
    Winner: Best Overall Short Film, Best Director & Best Actor (Ely Solan + Leon Hughes)
  • Winchester Film Festival
    Winchester
    United Kingdom
    November 9, 2018
    Winner: Best Foreign Short Film
  • Wexford Film Festival
    Wexford
    Ireland
    August 5, 2018
    Winner: Best Director & Best Actor
  • 33rd Alpinale Film Festival
    Nenzing
    Austria
    August 9, 2018
    Austrian Premiere
    Winner: Special Mention
  • DokuFest
    Prizren
    Kosovo
    August 6, 2018
    Kosovo Premiere
    Official Selection
  • LifeArt Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    June 19, 2018
    Greece Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tirana International Film Festival
    Tirana
    Albania
    November 7, 2018
    Albania
    Official Selection
  • Foyle Film Festival
    Derry
    Ireland
    November 25, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Leuven International Short Film Festival
    Leuven
    Belgium
    December 4, 2018
    Belgium
    Official Selection
  • Dublin International Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
    February 27, 2019
    Dublin
    Official Selection
Distributor Information
  • Network Ireland Television
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Vincent Lambe

Vincent Lambe is an Oscar nominated director and producer from Ireland. He is a graduate of the National Film School of Ireland and has worked with a wide range of companies and broadcasters. He is a double winner of the Cannes Young Director Award, where his latest film DETAINMENT received a standing ovation, and he has won awards at several international film festivals including the Odense International Film Festival, the Krakow Film Festival, the Woods Hole International Film Festival and a Rising Star Award from Irish Screen America.

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