The Tiger's Tail

The Tiger's Tail
Director: John Boorman

Ireland, 2006, 107min., black comedy thriller
The Tiger’s Tail is a black comedy thriller about a successful businessman in contemporary boom-time, ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland, whose life begins to unravel when he encounters his doppelganger.

Written, directed and produced by John Boorman and staring Boorman’s long time collaborator, Brendan Gleeson (The General, Harry Potter) with Kim Cattrall (Sex in the City), Sinead Cusack, Claran Hinds and Brian Gleeson The Tiger’s Tail is a beautifully written and intelligent dramatic thriller.

The film tells the story of Liam O’Leary (Brendan Gleeson), an Irish property developer of humble origins who has made it big and fast on the back of the Celtic Tiger. His hubris has led him into a scheme to build a national stadium but a rival developer has connived to thwart his plans. Wildly over-extended, Liam finds himself struggling in a receding market. Stressed and over-stretched, he seems on the verge of a mental breakdown when, to his horror, he sees his double.

Is this a harbinger of his death? His neglected wife, Jane (Kim Cattrall) is distressed by this erratic behaviour and treats his claim to have seen his double as a hallucination. He confronts his double and discovers a shocking truth that makes him ask the question: ‘Who am I?’

Awards: “Best Cinematopraphy”, Irish Film and TV Awards, 2008
Section: Special focus on Irish film

Screenplay: John Boorman

Dir. of Photography: Seamus Deasy

Producer: John Boorman, Kieran Corrigan, John McDonnell, John Buchanan

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Kim Cattrall, Ciaran Hinds, Sinead Cusack, John Kavanagh, Ruth McCabe, Seán McGinley