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How to Cheat in the Leaving Certificate

00:00 Sun 28 Jun 1998. Updated: 14:26 13 Jan 2007
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I co-wrote this movie, with the director, Graham Jones. What the critics said about it is listed below. I have also written a detailed history of my involvement with the film.

“the work of a very young and talented director”
—VARIETY, U.S.A.

“confident and deeply cynical… a promising and inventive first feature”
—THE IRISH TIMES

“a neat, tense, low-budget black and white heist movie that delivers an unexpected moral punch”
—THE TIMES

“engagingly irreverent, cleverly scripted and highly promising”
—THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE

“a remarkable film… there is no question that Graham Jones is a talent, whose lightness of touch and grasp of dramatic pace and dialogue are rare attributes indeed”
—THE REEL THING

“at last a young Irish film director gives us what we want… the wet dream of generations of dossers and mitchers”
—dSIDE MAGAZINE

“manages to cram all the nightmares and bike-shed philosophies about that horrid time into one sitting… witty, original and highly entertaining”
—THE BIG ISSUE

“an extremely intelligent and well thought out heist movie… one of the (very) few films to emerge on this island that is both carefully and consciously structured”
—FORTNIGHT

“I hesitate to use the word ‘promising’ in conjunction with this film. The word suggests this fledgling effort only hints at future success. In fact ‘How To Cheat’ is a considerable achievment… a highly assured and impressive first feature”
—FILM WEST