Behind the Scenes of “Brooklyn”


John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” has been one of the most talked about films in the festival circuit since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, solidifying its stature as an awards contender with an acclaimed berth in Toronto. Saoirse Ronan, starring alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, plays Eilis Lacey, a young immigrant from Ireland who finds herself in ‘50s-era New York City entangled in a complicated romance. Here, Crowley opens up about his favorite moments from the set of the Nick Hornby-scripted drama.


“Love’s young dream.” Pictured: Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson.


“Julie Walters and apple pie—who could ask for more?”


“Two tribes – the Irish and the Italians – scope each other out.”


“She’s behind you… Ms. Fortini always pops up in the back of frame like Nosferatu.”


“One of cinemas great watchers – Saoirse Ronan – shares the frame with a lump of lard.”


“Emory’s first day shooting and he seemed to keep checking his pulse nervously. No need as his vital signs were excellent.”


“The quiet dignity and emotional depth of Domhnall Gleeson’s performance apparent here. And doesn’t he look smart with a haircut and a tie?”


“Gooseberry. An entire camera crew waltzes with Saoirse and Domhnall in an attempt to shoot the whole scene in a single shot.”


“The hint of anxiety on Domhnall’s face here suggests he knows how cold that water is. And you’re going in before the day’s out, sonny boy!”


“Once upon a time in the land of the puffy jacket there was a Director…”