Irish Cinema arrived on the world stage with Jim Sheridan's quiet, sensitive adaptation of Christy Brown's autobiography of the same name. Born with a condition that led him to only use his left foot, Brown was able to persevere, becoming an acclaimed artist and writer. Daniel Day-Lewis won the first of his three Academy Awards for his famously committed performance, staying in character the entire shoot and damaging his body to more honestly and accurately portray Brown. A film that wisely refuses to stoop to cheap sentiment to inspire, MY LEFT FOOT was a major success, leading Sheridan to continue to craft powerful, character-driven pieces like IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE BOXER, and IN AMERICA, among others.
Jim Sheridan is a filmmaker best known for MY LEFT FOOT, THE FIELD, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE BOXER, and IN AMERICA, among many others. He has been nominated for six Oscars and wn the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER.