Still from Breakfast on Pluto, 2005, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Patrick McCabe & The Wild West North Film Screening Series

CMOA Theater

All Three Screenings: Price: $45 (Members: $36, Students: $24) Individual Films: Price: $18, (Members: $15, Students: $10) - Every ticket includes a free signed book!


Join CMOA and Pitt Film Studies for an exclusive screening series with renowned Irish novelist Patrick McCabe.

Academy Award–winning filmmaker Neil Jordan collaborated extensively with McCabe, adapting two of his books for the screen: The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto. Join us for a program screening three of Jordan’s films, featuring conversations with McCabe, who is currently distinguished visiting faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Every ticket includes a signed book!

The program is a collaboration between University of Pittsburgh Film Studies and Carnegie Museum of Art.

Purchase tickets to individual screenings, or all three at a discount.

Purchase Tickets to All Three Screenings

Buy Tickets to Michael Collins
April 14, 7 p.m.

Buy Tickets to The Butcher Boy
April 15, 2 p.m.

Buy Tickets to Breakfast on Pluto
April 15, 5 p.m.

Patrick McCabe is the author of five novels, including The Dead School, Breakfast on Pluto, and The Butcher Boy, which won the Irish Times' Irish Literature Prize for fiction. Author of the children's book The Adventures of Shay Mouse, McCabe also wrote the play Frank Pig Says Hello, which was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992 and has been published in the compellation Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays. (Methuen, 1998). The British Broadcasting Company has aired McCabe's work and his short stories have been published in the Irish Times and the Cork Examiner.

About the Films

Michael Collins (1996)
This 1996 historical biopic stars Liam Neeson as Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. It was the winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The Butcher Boy (1997)
Set in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy follows Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens), a 12-year-old boy who retreats into a violent fantasy world to escape the reality of his dysfunctional family. As his circumstances worsen, his sanity deteriorates and he begins acting out, with increasing brutality. The film won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival in 1998 and a Special Mention for Owens' "astonishing lead". It also won the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer for Adrian Biddle.

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
This dark comedy stars Cillian Murphy as a transgender foundling searching for love and her long-lost mother in small town Ireland and London in the 1970s.

Event Sponsors

University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

At the University of Pittsburgh, the University Center for International Studies initiates and manages international programs, studies and services while supporting Pitt’s reputation as a leader in global education. Included are four Title VI National Resource Centers (European, Latin American, Russian & East European, and Global studies), Asian Studies and African Studies, Study Abroad, International Services, and Nationality Rooms Program.