Kings (film)

Directed by Tom Collins
Produced by Tom Collins
Jackie Larkin
Written by Tom Collins
Based on The Kings of the Kilburn High Road
by Jimmy Murphy
Starring Colm Meaney
Donal O'Kelly
Brendan Conroy
Donncha Crowley
Music by Pol Brennan
Cinematography P.J. Dillon
Edited by Dermot Diskin
Distributed by High Point Film and Television Ltd
Release dates
  • 21 September 2007 (2007-09-21)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Ireland
Language Irish

Kings is a 2007 Irish film written & directed by Tom Collins and based on Jimmy Murphy's play The Kings of the Kilburn High Road.[1] The film is bilingual, having both Irish and English dialogues. It premiered at the Taormina Film Festival (Italy) in June 2007,[2] and was selected as Ireland's official entry for the 2008 Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category.[3] The film tells the story of a group of Irish friends who, after emigrating to England 30 years previously, meet for the funeral of a friend. In 2008, the Irish postal service, An Post, issued a series of stamps honouring the Irish film industry. Colm Meaney, as Joe Mullan, was featured on the 55 cent stamp.


In the mid 1970s a group of young men leave the Connemara Gaeltacht, bound for London and filled with ambition for a better life. After thirty years, they meet again at the funeral of their youngest friend, Jackie. The film intersperses flashbacks of a lost youth in Ireland with the harsh realities of modern life.

For some the thirty years has been hard, working in building sites across Britain. Slowly the truth about Jackie's death become clear and the friends discover they need each other more than ever. However, by the end, the friends split up for good, going their separate ways.


Actor Role
Colm Meaney Joe Mullan
Donal O'Kelly Jap Kavanagh
Brendan Conroy Git
Donncha CrowleyShay
Barry Barnes Máirtín
Seán T. Ó MeallaighJoe Jnr
Christopher GreeneJap Jnr


In 2007, Tom Collins won the Director's Guild of America / Ireland New Finders Award. The film itself was nominated for a record 14 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) in 2008, – going on to win 5 IFTAs, including Best Irish Language Film

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