Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Crowley
Written byNick Hornby
Produced by
  • Finola Dwyer
  • Amanda Posey
CinematographyYves Bélanger
Edited byJake Roberts
Music byMichael Brook
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 26 January 2015 (2015-01-26) (Sundance)
  • 6 November 2015 (2015-11-06)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

Brooklyn is a 2015 historical period drama film directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name. The film, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, will be theatrically released on 6 November 2015.[2]

The film is an international co-production between companies in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Canada.


Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of the USA, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's (Fiona Glascott) 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.



Principal photography began on 1 April 2014 in Ireland, and was shot for three weeks at different locations including Enniscorthy, Wexford and Dublin.[3][4][5]

After finishing production in Ireland, it then moved to Montreal, Canada for a four weeks further shoot at the Memorial chapter house of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.[4] On the first day of shooting, Ronan was spotted in period costume on the set in Enniscorthy.[6][7]


Brooklyn premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 26 January 2015. Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights for $9 million the following day.[8] It has been selected to be shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[9]


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  5. ^ Kemp, Stuart (1 April 2014). "Saoirse Ronan to Star in 'Brooklyn'". Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  6. ^ Flint, Hanna (1 April 2014). "Saoirse Ronan arrives in period costume onto the Irish set of her new movie based on Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel". Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  7. ^ Blake Knox, Kirsty (1 April 2014). "Saoirse Ronan keeps warm with water bottle on movie set". Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (27 January 2015). "Sundance: Fox Searchlight Nabs 'Brooklyn'". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'". ScreenDaily. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.