'Borstal Boy', Brendan Behan's famous story about his young years in the British penal system, has been made into a film. Directed by Peter Sheridan, it had its world premiere in Dublin this evening and will go on nationwide release early next month. American actor Shawn Hatosy plays Brendan Behan in the film, which was shot in Naas in County Kildare.

The film tells the story of Behan from the age of 16, when he is caught in England with bomb-making equipment. He is tried, sentenced and sent to that infamous establishment for young offenders. The young Behan is forced to come to terms with living amongst those he considered his enemies and the enemies of Ireland. Director Peter Sheridan describes the film as 'a contemporary story about a sexual coming of age, an awakening, a boy going to England with hate in his heart and discovering love'.