Small Things Like These

Kleine Dinge wie diese
It is 1985 in the run-up to Christmas in a small town in County Wexford, Ireland. Bill Furlong toils as a coal merchant to support himself, his wife and his five daughters. Early one morning while out delivering coal at the local convent, he makes a discovery that forces him to confront his past and the complicit silence of a town controlled by the Catholic Church. Based on the novel of the same name by Claire Keegan.
by Tim Mielants
with Cillian Murphy, Eileen Walsh, Michelle Fairley, Emily Watson, Clare Dunne
Ireland / Belgium 2024 English, Subtitles: German 96' World premiere | Opening film


  • Cillian Murphy (Bill Furlong)
  • Eileen Walsh (Eileen Furlong)
  • Michelle Fairley (Mrs. Wilson)
  • Emily Watson (Sister Mary)
  • Clare Dunne (Sister Carmel)
  • Helen Behan (Mrs. Kehoe)


DirectorTim Mielants
ScreenplayEnda Walsh, based on the novel of the same name by Claire Keegan
CinematographyFrank Van den Eeden
EditingAlain Dessauvage
MusicSenjan Janson
Sound DesignSenjan Janson
SoundHugh Fox
Production DesignPaki Smith
CostumesAlison McCosh
Make-UpLynn Johnston
CastingMaureen Hughes
Line ProducerLorraine Hewson
ProducersAlan Moloney, Cillian Murphy, Catherine Magee, Matt Damon, Drew Vinton
Executive ProducersBen Affleck, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe
Co-ProducersSasha Veneziano, Susan Mullen, Bert Van Dael, Gitte Nuyens
Co-ProductionWilder Content, Antwerpen

Produced by

Big Things Films

Dublin, Ireland

World Sales

FilmNation on behalf of Artists Equity

New York City, USA

Tim Mielants

His early short film success led to directing work on Code 37, Zingaburia and Cordon, establishing him as one of the key series directors in Flanders. His feature film debut De Patrick won Best Director at Karlovy Vary and seven Ensor Flemish Film Awards. He has directed an episode of Tales from the Loop and two seasons of Legion as well as episodes of The Terror, The Tunnel and all six episodes of the third season of Peaky Blinders. As lead director on the BBC series The Responder, starring Martin Freeman, he received nominations for the BAFTA, RTS and Emmy awards.


2019 De Patrick 2021 Nobody Has to Know 2024 Small Things Like These

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