Dancing at Lughnasa


1h 34m 1998

Brief Synopsis

In Donegal in 1936, the five Mundy sisters live on their family farm, eking out a precarious existance. All are single: Kate, the eldest and most middle-aged in attitude; Maggie, dependable Agnes; Rose, who is having a secret affair with a married man; and Christina, who has a son by a man who is ne

Film Details

Also Known As
baile de agosto, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Philip O'Dwyer
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
County Wicklow, Ireland; Ardmore Studios, Dublin, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

In Donegal in 1936, the five Mundy sisters live on their family farm, eking out a precarious existance. All are single: Kate, the eldest and most middle-aged in attitude; Maggie, dependable Agnes; Rose, who is having a secret affair with a married man; and Christina, who has a son by a man who is never there. Their steady lives begin to change when their older brother Jack returns from Africa and the father of Christina's baby swings back into town. In addition, their livelihoods are threatened by social changes, such as the opening of a woolen factory that the sisters' hand-woven clothes can't compete against.

Crew

Geoffrey Alexander

Original Music

Ann K Aylward

Assistant Editor

Jane Barclay

Executive Producer

Libbie Barr

Script Supervisor

Naoise Barry

Location Assistant

Tommy Bassett

Construction Manager

Jonathan Bates

Sound Editor

Phillip Begley

Music

Joan Bergin

Costume Designer

David Bolger

Choreographer

Tom Brodie

Construction

Stephen Bruen

Other

Julie Busher

Artistic Advisor

Alan Butler

Other

Jimmy Butler

Carpenter

Billy Byrne

Props

Martin Carey

Props

Anthony Carroll

Driver

Stephen Carroll

Other

Mary Casey

Assistant Editor

Gillian Cody

Post-Production Coordinator

Gillian Cody

Assistant

Gillian Cody

Accounting Assistant

Triona Coen

Props

Clodagh Conroy

Art Director

John Conroy

Other

Louis Conroy

Gaffer

Michael Crouch

Foley Editor

Robert Cuddy

Electrician

Keith Cullen

Props

Conor Devlin

Art Director

Humphrey Dixon

Editor

Bernie Dooley

Hairdresser

Sile Dorney

Accounting Assistant

Peter Doyle

Driver

Thomas Drescher

Music Editor

Gerry Drew

Carpenter

Jennifer Duff

Casting

Alan Duffy

Assistant Sound Editor

Cos Egan

Props

Noel Farrell

Other

Gerrit Folsom

Line Producer

Brian Friel

Song

Brian Friel

Play As Source Material

Judy Friel

Consultant

Cara Gavigan

Assistant Location Manager

Gerry Gennell

Dialogue Coach

Donal Geraghty

Other

Mark Geraghty

Production Designer

Johnny Gilbert

Driver

Jimmy Gillan

Carpenter

Lisa Goldsmith

Assistant

Annie Gould

Sound Editor

Martin Grace

Stunt Coordinator

John Greene

Other

David Grennan

Other

Wilheim Grofz

Song

Douglas E. Hansen

Other

Sharon Harel-cohen

Executive Producer

Martin Hayes

Carpenter

Jennifer Hegarty

Makeup

J. Roy Helland

Hairdresser

Jonathan Hession

Photography

Eamonn Hill

Carpenter

Harry Hill

Transportation

Kieran Horgan

Sound Mixer

Dean Humphreys

Other

Eddie Humphries

Carpenter

Craig Irving

Production

Paddy Irwin

Other

Luke Jones

Assistant Editor

Pascal Jones

Other

Gerry Jordan

Production

Hugh Kavanagh

Electrician

Austin Kelly

Wardrobe

Sandra Kelly

Hair Assistant

Seamus Kelly

Props

Delores Kenne

Song Performer

William Kennedy

Song

Tommy Kingston

Props

Matthew Kirwan

Carpenter

Joanne Kissack

Wardrobe Supervisor

Clare Lambe

Makeup Assistant

Richard Lang

Other

Noel Long

Carpenter

Nick Lowe

Dialogue Editor

Gaye Lynch

Assistant Editor

Kenneth Macmillan

Director Of Photography

James Maguire

Best Boy

Alice Manning

Assistant Editor

Willie Mannion

Music

Des Martin

Production Manager

Suzanne Mcauley

Accounting Assistant

Sean Mcbride

Song

Brian F Mccabe

Driver

Ray Mccann

Other

Jerry Mcelroy

Hair

Eamonn Mcelwain

Carpenter

Declan Mcgrath

Assistant Editor

Gerry Mcgrath

Production

Frank Mcguinness

Song

Frank Mcguinness

Screenplay

John Mchugh

Other

David Mcloughlin

Assistant

Michael Mendelsohn

Other

Jimmy Merrigan

Other

John Milan

Other

Steven Mitchell

Scenic Artist

David Morris

Location Assistant

Sunny Mulligan

Props

Suzanne Nicell

Assistant Director

Maighread Nidhomhnaill

Song Performer

Eimer Nimhanldomhnaigh

Assistant Costume Designer

Lucie Nunan

Other

Gabriel O'brien

Wardrobe Supervisor

Peter O'brien

Song

Sinead O'brien

Music

Anneliese O'callaghan

Production Coordinator

Georgina O'connor

Assistant Production Coordinator

Proinnsias O'duinn

Music Conductor

Philip O'dwyer

Production Insurance

Eammon O'higgins

Property Master

Des O'neill

Other

Noel Pearson

Producer

Richard Phelan

Carpenter

Cole Porter

Song

Terry Pritchard

Art Director

Patrick Proctor

Other

Gerry Quigley

Production

Luke Quigley

Grip

Hannah Quinn

Assistant Director

Noel Quinn

Boom Operator

Robert Quinn

Assistant Director

Alistair Rae

Steadicam Operator

Pat Ryder

Electrician

Michael Saxton

Post-Production Supervisor

Bobby Scott

Other

Susan Scott

Assistant Costume Designer

Liam Scully

Props

Robert Sealy

Assistant Engineer

Mary Selway

Casting Director

Ruth Sinclair

Wardrobe Assistant

Alastair Sirkett

Assistant Sound Editor

Alan Smale

Other

Rod Stoneman

Executive Producer

Len Tremble

Foley

Des Troy

Electrician

John Ward

Steadicam Operator

Caitriona Warren-greene

Music Contractor

Hugh Wasson

Driver

Bill Whelan

Original Music

Bill Whelan

Music

Des Whelan

Camera Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
baile de agosto, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Philip O'Dwyer
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
County Wicklow, Ireland; Ardmore Studios, Dublin, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Best Actress Award (Brid Brennan) at the 2000 Irish film and Television Awards.

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 1998

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States Fall November 13, 1998

Released in United States November 20, 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States on Video June 15, 1999

Released in United States September 1998

Shown at St Louis International Film Festival (closing night) October 29 - November 8, 1998.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) August 26 - September 8, 1998.

Began shooting August 18, 1997.

Completed shooting October 17, 1997.

"Dancing at Lughnasa" was produced on Broadway in 1991 after first being staged at Dublin's Abbey Theater.

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at St Louis International Film Festival (closing night) October 29 - November 8, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) August 26 - September 8, 1998.)

Released in United States on Video June 15, 1999

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 3-7, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at AFI/ Los Angeles International Film Festival (Closing Night) October 22-31, 1998.)

Released in United States Fall November 13, 1998

Released in United States November 20, 1998 (Laemmle's Royal Theater; Los Angeles)

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 1998