Vincent Lambe’s award-winning film Detainment is based on a true story that shocked the British nation in the early 90’s

Winner of the Oscar-qualifying prize at Odense International Film Festival

Writer-Director Vincent Lambe’s important film is based on the true story of James Bulger, a two-year-old boy who was abducted in the UK in the early 90’s and found brutally murdered two days later. But the most shocking aspect of the case was that the main suspects were just children themselves – two ten-year-old boys. Based on their interview transcripts, the film dramatizes the police interviews which took place at the time.

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

Detainment stars Will O’Connell (Game of Thrones), David Ryan (Vikings), Tara Breathnach (The Tudors), Morgan C. Jones (Legend of Cambria), Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones), Kathy Monahan (Vikings), and introduces two exceptional young actors, Ely Solan and Leon Hughes, who have been critically-acclaimed for their astonishing performances.

Vincent Lambe is an award-winning director, writer 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 Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions and has won awards at several International film festivals including the Krakow Film Festival, the Odense International Film Festival, the Woods Hole International Film Festival and a Rising Star Award from Irish Screen America.

Irish producer Darren Mahon has produced acclaimed music videos and TV dramas. Producer Robert Dwyer Joyce has been working in the Irish film and television industry for 39 years as an Assistant Director.

The film won the Special Jury Prize, Gold Screen Award and the Young Director Award at Cannes where it received a standing ovation. It won the Oscar-qualifying Grand Prix Award at the Odense International Film Festival, the Don Quixote Award at the Krakow Film Festival, the Best Director and Best Actor Award at Wexford Film Festival, a Rising Star Award from Irish Screen America and more.

Detainment will soon screen as part of Irish Screen America in New York on October 20th and in LA on October 27th, the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland on the 20th October, the Richard Harris Film Festival in Limerick, Ireland on 26th October, the Winchester Film Festival in the UK on the 9th November, the Tirana International Film Festival, Albania in November, the Foyle Film Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland in November and the Leuven International Short Film Festival, Belgium in December.

More information about the film and upcoming screenings can be found at:

Detainment – Trailer from Detainment on Vimeo.

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