A Man Of No Importance
Film - Special Screening Filmfest 2013

A Man Of No Importance

Directed by Suri Krishnamma


Director: Suri Krishnamma
Section: Special Screening
Country: Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Year: 1994
Cast: Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker, Michael Gambon, Tara Fitzgerald, Rufus Sewell
18+ (no age rating)

Also in this program


A Man Of No Importance

Retelling the life of Oscar Wilde through the parallel experiences of a Dublin bus conductor. 1963: Alfie Byrne enlivens the passengers on the Number 34 route by reciting poetry, but decides to stage Wilde’s ‘Salome’ after punching the ticket of a beautiful provincial girl, Adele. Alfie’s sister senses matrimony in his new infatuation, though this is hardly likely as Alfie refers to his driver as ‘Bosie’ and diffidently frequents gay pubs. Soon the stage production is threatened by the local Queensberry in the form of a butcher outraged at being cast as Herod, and by Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for the play. Rehearsals grind comically on while various hetero and homosexual revelations provoke a green carnation, an assault, a suicide attempt and a cautious, sexless entente. We follow Alfie Byrne as he struggles with temptation, friendship, disapproval, and the conservative yet oddly lyrical world of Ireland in the early 1960s.

Duration: 99 Min.

Meet the director

Suri Krishnamma


Screenplay: Barry Devlin
Director of Photography: Ashley Rowe
Film Editor: David Freeman
Composer: Julian Nott
Production Designer: Jamie Leonard
Costume Design: Phoebe De Gaye
Producer: Jonathan Cavendish