Is Anybody There?

In his follow up to last year’s “Boy A,” John Crowley returns to the world of a young boy, fashioning a film of a very different kind. Infusing his new work with the childish naïveté of a precocious and curious lad named Edward – played by “Son of Rambow’s” Bill Milner – Crowley enters this terrain with the same ease that was evident in his earlier work. But while “Boy A” was a study of a young ex-criminal, the protagonist of “Is There Anybody There?” is younger and more guileless. Although his interests are indeed uncommon, they are those of a boy as opposed to a haunted teenager. [Synopsis courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival]


Set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, John Crowley’s Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]