Break Out Pictures are delighted to announce that they will release the critically acclaimed film, AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (THE QUIET GIRL) in cinemas across Ireland from May 12. While the film was shot on location in Meath and Dublin, the story of the film is set in the Gaeltacht of An Rinn (Ring) in Waterford.

The Irish-language feature film had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlinale in February where it scooped The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film. It won the Audience Award and Best Irish Film at the recent Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival and took home a staggering seven Irish Film and Television Academy awards at the recent IFTAs including BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ACTRESS. Writer/Director, Colm Bairéad also won the Rising Star award.

AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (THE QUIET GIRL) tells the story of Cáit (Catherine Clinch) – a nine year-old girl from an overcrowded, dysfunctional family who is sent away to live with her mother’s relatives for the summer. She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arms length. Slowly, but surely a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit blossoms in their care. But in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.

Carrie Crowley, who hails from Summerville Avenue in Waterford, plays one of the lead roles in the film, that of Eibhlín Cinnsealach, a kind relative who takes Cáit under her wing. Carrie’s mother was a Donegal native whilst her father was from Bandon in Cork. She attended St. John of God National School and St. Angela’s School Ursuline Convent in the city. After teaching for a number of years, she went on tour with the band, Miss Brown to You and enjoyed great success working with RTÉ and recording with various other artists. Carrie moved to local radio in the early 1990s presenting shows with Timmy Ryan and Geoff Harris on WLRFM and she had her own Arts show on Sunday nights. She was always involved in acting and took part in shows at the Theatre Royal, Waterford and continued to act throughout her career. She worked as a presenter for RTÉ on various television shows and co-presented The Eurovision Song Contest with Ronan Keating in 1997. Carrie is known for her roles in Rásaí na Gaillimhe, The Clinic, Vikings, Waterway, Fair City and mostly recently for the role of Val’s sister, Mairéad in the hit RTÉ drama series, Smother. She has also starred in Irish-language short films including An Gaeilgeoir Nocht and in the Irish-language television series, An Crisis.

Actor Breandán Ó Duinnshléibhe, a native of Douglas in Cork, but who lives now in Ballyduff Upper, Co. Waterford also stars in the film.

Based on the acclaimed story, Foster by Claire Keegan, AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (THE QUIET GIRL) is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores questions of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist.

AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (THE QUIET GIRL) is the feature film debut of writer/director, Colm Bairéad and producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal.


The film was funded by Screen Ireland, TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as part of the Cine4 scheme.


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IMDB: An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl