AN BÉAL BOCHT / THE POOR MOUTH — Tribute to Tom Collins

Northern Ireland, 2017

Adapted and directed by: Tom Collins; animation director: John McCloskey; editing: John Martin; music: Pól Brennan; producers: Pearse Moore, Tom Collins; production companies: Raw Nerve Productions, De facto Films

Running time: 35’

With the voices of Seán Mistéal, Donncha Crowley, Tommy Tiernan, Bob Quinn, Pól Ó Gríofa, Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir, Peadar Cox, Mícheál Ó Meallaigh, Owen McDonnell


An animated adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s only novel written in Irish under the pseudonym of Myles Na gCopaleen. It is a biting satire of the life story of a young Gael reflecting on his life from Sligo Gaol.


Derry-born Tom Collins graduated in Film Studies from Dublin City University. In 1984, he helped found the Derry Film and Video Collective. After producing Hush-a-Bye Baby (1990) by Margo Harkin, The Bishop’s Story (1994) and It Must Be Done Right (1999) by Bob Quinn, he wrote and directed several documentary and feature films for television and cinema; amongst them Bogwoman (1997), Kings (2008, IRISHFILMFESTA.3), An Bronntanas / The Gift (2014, IRISHFILMFESTA.8) and Aithrí / Penance (2017). An Béal Bocht / The Poor Mouth won the Galway Film Fleadh Award  for best animated short film.